Middle school is such an unbearably hard time for so many. My goal in teaching middle school is to make it a little less difficult, while giving my students the resources they need to succeed. I teach at a Title 1 school, which means that the majority of our students qualify for free and reduced lunch. As a Special Education teacher, I've noticed my students are always moving.
As a person with ADHD, I know how hard it can be to focus, and I want to provide tools to help my students focus on their classwork.
My students are amazing and are eager to learn and get frustrated when they can't focus. They really want to learn, and know that education is the way to success. However, so many of them have been corrected due to their hyperactivity that they feel dumb or that they can't do school. I know this is untrue. I know they are all such smart students who just need to learn the best coping mechanisms for them.
As an autistic and ADHD diagnosed educator, I know how hard it can be to focus in the classroom. Especially when you really want to learn. My students know that I will get them moving and doing fun activities, but they have to do the work required by the curriculum.
I know how much they want to work, but how much Bouncy Bands will give them an outlet to be able to do that work.
I teach a class of Special Education students in a Study Hall setting, where they're expected to work on work from other classes as well as relearn material. This is also the last hour of the day. For students who don't have recess, this is almost impossible for them to focus. I do my best to have fun activities that involve moving, but would like the opportunity to use bouncy bands in my classroom to allow them the chance to bounce their feet while listening, helping them focus.
I also believe that bouncy bands will show my students with ADHD that there are coping mechanisms out there for people like them to be able to effectively do their work. I had to learn the hard way as an adult that there are ways to focus in the classroom, and would love to provide them an opportunity to really absorb the information now so they're ready when they get into high school.
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