Having ADHD has many benefits, however, not knowing how to manage certain behaviours exhibited by children can be frustrating - especially when you're managing 30 other children as well.
Behavioural techniques and classroom management strategies for managing children with ADHD
a) Consistency is the key
Children with ADHD need to have a sense of external structure, as they tend to lack a sense of internal structure, so do not deal with change very well. Even if it is positive change.
b) Help them focus by:
c) With ADHD there are two kinds of time… lots and none.
Help them manage their time optimally and meet your expectations for task completion by:
d) Many are VISUAL learners
Try making things more visual or tactile and they may grasp them better. Instead of memorizing words, ask them to “make a movie in their head and play it back”.
e) Encourage creativity
These children are often extremely creative. Try to encourage artistic (or musical) abilities. But to avoid chaos, keep any creative sessions structured.
f) Try to work within their attention span
Frequently changing the type of work enables them to continue to work productively.
g) It's not a reflection on you…
Don’t take their behaviour personally and do not vent your frustration on them.
Maintain a close relationship with the parents/guardian
Successful management of ADHD is a team effort.
If you have any ADHD children in your classroom, you're automatically part of the treatment process. Therefore you have to maintain a close “working” relationship with the other members of the team (namely the parents).
This can be achieved simply by: