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In the teachers’ hands lie the great responsibility and privilege of influencing, not only children’s learning, but also their global growth and development.
The importance of this is not always sufficiently appreciated and we all have to dignify the teaching profession and accordingly grant it the social weight it deserves.
Whenever there is a student that does not perform at the level s/he could, think about the possibility of ADHD.
Try to identify whether said bad performance, the breach of rules or constant interruptions could stem from a concentration and execution function problem.
Always think it is a possibility that the kid CANNOT do things better and not that s/he WILL NOT do them better.
Try to find out the kid’s type of intelligence; try to identify in which ways it is easier for them to learn and what are their major difficulties.
Seek to discover positive aspects in the kid.
Appreciate the kid’s positive aspects.
Correct the negative aspects but trying to motivate at the same time.
Never make fun of them or show them up; this could block them even more, make them perform less and lose interest in their studies.
Try to make small changes that might enable the kid to get better organized and perform better; this will show whether it is a capacity, execution or will problem.
Tell the kid’s parents and other teachers your concerns regarding the kid, whilst making changes and seeking solutions.
Assess the possibility of having the kid psycho-pedagogically or clinically evaluated.
Try to get the school to contribute the necessary aids for the learning and assessment of this type of kids, in a specific manner.
Cooperate with doctors, contributing information about the kid when in school; this is extremely valuable information.
Cooperate with parents so the child learns to get organized; these kids need more supervision; they have little autonomy (are more immature) regarding personal organization.
It is just as important to teach content as it is to teach tools.
And just as important is contributing to make the kid love learning and be happy.
Remember that ADHD is a child mental disorder that has frequently a very good prognosis.
Your daily contact with the kid puts you in a favorable position to assess the potential secondary effects of medication; please let the parents know regarding any observations you may have.
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