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Mine is lousy. I flit like a fantail from idea to idea.
However, I'm not anywhere near the severe end of the attention deficit hyperactivity (ADHD) spectrum and my failures as a school student are not blamed on my short attention span.
It's just that my boredom threshold is comparatively low. And I didn't think this is a bad thing. I don't see it as a problem to be solved.
All these things come to mind as I embrace a new timetable this year. I wonder how I would cope with three long periods in a day, or a whole day in the learning centre.
Without some awareness of my issue and some careful chunking of my day, I suspect I'd be in trouble. Then problems ensue.
So, some advice for teachers that helps me with my attention span issues:
- Establish good routines and habits
- Build in breaks and movement as part of the routine
- Establish positive relationship with me - acknowledge my challenges
- Use socratic questionning skills
- Offer choices - foster self-directed learning (and I need routines and structure for this too)
- Variation - use a variety of strategies - small groups, pairs, independent work
- Encourage practical hands-on real world learning - have me write and act out stuff, record an assignment on video, make models, solve problems, do SOLEs
- use UDL techniques to suit my strengths
Thanks. I feel better having shared that.