Awesome Sensory Tools to Help Your Fidgety Kids in the Classroom - Adventures in Wunderland. It wasn’t a week into the new school year when my daughter told me she had been tipping her chair back in class.
In fact, she tipped it so far that she fell over with the desk on top of her. The following week she got in trouble for fidgeting with items in her desk when the class was getting ready for a test. Each week it’s something new; tipping the chair, playing with things, tapping her pencil…it was clear to me, she needed to fidget. She is a very active child looking for sensory input and needed an outlet while she was expected to be couped up in the classroom. She was seeking that outlet any way she knew how, using what was available at the time. I began speaking with her teacher and explaining her needs. I know she is not the only fidgety child out there and until teachers routinely stock their classrooms with sensory tools, I am sharing with you, parents some of the awesome sensory tools to help your fidgety kids.
DIY Yarn and Pipe Cleaner Fidgets for My Little Ball of Energy. This year I was confronted with an issue that soon resulted in a full blown panic mom attack.
I realized that my eleven year old daughter (then ten) had gradually been pulling out hair from her eye brows. After I scrambled to the make up counter for brow corrector and silently berated myself for not catching on sooner I hit the research trail. What I discovered was how common it was for kiddos with ADHD and other similar challenges to funnel their excess energy into these types of behaviors.
Also…. how crappy I feel for getting so mad about her picking at scabs all this time. So, how to redirect this energy?? Created with dollar store pipe cleaners and a plastic ring I found at a Home Depot paint swatch display. Same idea on this one, except using yarn instead of pipe cleaners. I like the idea of making them discreet for older kids especially concerned with the possibility of getting embarrassed. Help for Disorganized Students!
Let’s face it.
We’ve all had unorganized students. You know the ones I mean. These are the kids who never remember their homework (or the fact that they even had homework). They don’t bring their supplies to class, even a pencil. If you walk by their desk or locker, be careful not to breathe too hard or you’ll find an avalanche of papers fall to the ground. Create calendars to keep track of assignments and due dates. Here are some other helpful sites on student organization: Have a happy, organized day!
How I Teach A Fidgety Child. Teaching any child has its ups and downs, but what if the child you are trying to teach won’t, NO… CAN’T sit still?
What do you do then? Over the course of my 12 years teaching in an urban setting I had my fair share of fidgety children. Seven Ways to Cure the Blurts. Picture this: My reading group is attentive and prepared for a discussion of a favorite novel, "What if Darry had called the police?
" I ask. Jenny initiates a thoughtful reply but Eric interrupts: "That's crazy! Darry would never do that! " My first thought is that Eric, a recalcitrant student, is finally excited. But Jenny is silenced. Students Who Blurt - Teach123 - Tips for Teachers. See if this student sounds familiar to you . . . .
Casey the Connector loves to make connections. Casey can make a connection anytime, anywhere, for any lesson you might teach. Casey is the master connector! The only drawback to these wonderful connections is they occur at the most inopportune times . . . by blurting his or her thoughts in the middle of your lesson. As a teacher, you are happy that this obviously very bright student is taking your lesson to a deeper level, but these interruptions upset the flow of the lesson. Maggie Combs, a SLP in Oregon, who also reads my FB page shared a great suggestion. Teaching Children Not to Be Rude! Guest Blog Post by Julia Cook As a school counselor, I would often have kids come into my office and expect me to wave my magic counseling wand and solve their problems for them.
A good counselor, a good teacher, a good parent gives the wand to the child and teaches her how to wave it herself! Rudeness is a learned behavior. Infants are born adorable, innocent, and teachable, but they are also selfish since all they know is their own tiny world. Without adults guiding them, they will never grow out of this self-centered perspective and will grow into rude children.
The Power of Introverts: An Essential Understanding for Teachers. Photo credit: iStockphoto About a year ago, I read Susan Cain's Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking.
I wanted to tell everyone about this book right away, but I also wanted to let what I'd learned sink in. I wanted to sit alone with my new self-awareness, process my experience, and absorb the revelations I'd had -- all in true introverted fashion. See, as I'd read Cain's book, my predominant thoughts were, "She's describing me! I'm an introvert! Reading this book was a healing experience that has given me a tremendous confidence boost. Introverts Defined Susan Cain writes, "At least one third of the people we know are introverts. Cain suggests that those who answer yes to the following questions are most likely introverts: Do you have a horror of small talk? In Quiet (and on on her website) there's a quick self-assessment to help you determine where you fall on the introvert-extrovert spectrum.
What to Do About ... Students Who Seek Attention. Advice from Real Teachers Each Wednesday at 8:30 pm EST, I post a call for teacher questions on my Facebook page.
I review the questions and choose a few to feature on Facebook each day, where you're invited to chime in with your advice. When I see a post that receives a large number of responses, I compile the best answers to create a helpful blog post. Doing that means your great advice doesn't get lost in Facebook land! Today's QuestionToday's question comes from Anne, who asks, “I have a second grade student who at this point in the year still interrupts class. He has the need to always be right and be heard constantly. Many of you weighed in with really great answers, and I'm sharing some of the best below.