I have been having a problem with one of my students. After reading the boards for a few mins I realize that others are having similar problems and I'm not feeling as alone as before. One of my boys has no previous school experience and is extremely low. I'm not sure if anyone does the PALS assessment, but he only scored a 15 and is still not able to write his name. Not only am I having trouble with him progressing academically, but also behaviorally. He has an extremely short attention span (worse than normal 5 year olds) and is most likely ADHD. He is not able to sit still for maybe a minute and gets up to wander whenever he wants to. He is distracted by EVERYTHING from a little girl's shoelace to the sun shining on the carptet to a calendar piece not placed correctly and gets up to fixes anything that distracts him. He also has a major problem with following directions and only follows them when he wants to. There is no way to get him to do something that you want him to do unless he wants to do it. I have treverything from reminding him of where he needs to be to moving his spot on the carpet closer to me to even asking him to do something for me when I see he's starting to get ancy. The only time I can really get him to follow directions is when I praise him first by saying, "D**** you have done a wonderful job sitting in your seat this morning. I can't wait to tell your mom and dad about those good choices, can you sit back in your seat so I'll even have more to tell them?" He'll only follow these directions about fifty percent. Its hard during whole group instruction because it distracts the entire class when he walks around the room to play while we are trying to have a lesson. The worst part is that he thrives from this attention and if I get stern with him he acts out even more. Last week was the worst because he ended up jumping on my desks and tables, knocking down our mirror and pocket charts, doing anything to get attention. Its hard because I only have an assistant for half the day and when she is in the room she is mostly keeping him busy so I can teach the rest of the class. He also has severe anger management problems and becomes aggressive to his peers when he doesn't get his way. Last week he was written up four times for me for hitting by myself and the bus driver, and he doesn't just hit like some 5 year olds might do, but literally beats kids either with his hands or other objects. I have tried to have him talk to the counselor, the assistant principal, and have even had him call his parents but nothing seems to work. He is starting an anger management group with other students and the counselor this week, so hopefully this will do some good. I've tried several time to contact the mother, but the population of my school is very close or below the poverty line. She normally has her phone turned off or doesn't have a car to come in. All year I have tried for a conference and she has either canceled or turned me down. Finally I have one on Monday with the assistant principal and our counselor. I would love some intervention ideas to present to her. I have a few already but any extra would be great. Thanks for reading this extra long post!!!!