Severely Distractable Student

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  1. teacherforlife

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    Help Please. I am looking for some new ideas. I have 22 first graders this year and quite a few are how shall I say this, off the wall at times. One in particular is bothering the other students and not doing his work. I have to separate him from the other students and sit next to him to get him to finish his work. I truly believe he is ADHD however the parent will have no talk of it. (he has been referred) I really feel sorry for the child because I know he can't control it. I was just hoping someone might have some new ideas that have worked for you. I hate isolating kids but I can't let him constantly bother the other children at his table. I am starting a behavior checklist tomorrow for him. Sent a note home today.
     
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  3. cgibbs7

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    I have quite a few, too.
     
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    I'm looking forward to some suggestions for this because I have some kids in my class who are this way and being a new teacher, I have no idea what to do!
     
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    I have one child that is extremely distractable. I have created him is own office. I used those cardboard desk dividers from Really Good Stuff. I let him decorate it, to make him feel special. For the first week I have kept his office away from the other children. But him and I have talked and as I see he can handle it, I will move him closer each week. I still allow him to be in group work. (centers, math groups, ect.) Some days he can handle it and others he can't. On the days he can't I send him back to his office on the first outburst or uncontrolled behavior. Him and I discuss that sending him to his office is to keep him out of trouble rather than him getting into trouble. When I think he has calmed down, I have him draw me what he should look like when he is working in groups. Then we talk about how is body should look, what is mouth should be doing, and what he should be doing in the group. I basically go over all my expectations with him for that group work. But instead of me lecturing on the expected behaviors, I have him tell me. I am seeing a big improvement. He wants to control the behaviors, he just needs to be taught how. He needs constant reinforcement to remember the expectations of the classroom. I am seeing improvements daily and I hope it continues.
     
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    Thanks for the ideas.:)
     
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    I don't know if it work with your child, but I do a daily behavior checklist for each part of our day ( morning activity, math time, lunch, etc) that goes home each day to be initialed by the parent. Sometimes if the parent see just how disruptive their child is being throughout the day, it might help. I also get our specialists to add something on the days we have specials, so the parents realize it is not just me. I teach kindergarten, so I just have a smiley or frowny for each section, plus a place to write a comment about the behavior. Sometimes this works and sometimes the parents DON'T want to know!
     

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