I have spent nearly two years working entirely with students that struggled with mild to severe ADD. First, both students with ADD and those who teach them need to be knowledgeable of WHAT ADD is.
A few basics:
1). ADD is NOT simply being easily distracted, or lack of focus. For the student suffering with it, it feels as if there is a mental fog around everything they do. Tasks requiring long and acute attention are draining for the average joe, but can feel
nearly impossible or even painful to an ADD/ADHD student.
2). ADD is caused by by under-stimulation to the areas in the brain responsible for thinking, solving, and task management. I often hear older students (17-18 yrs) say they are not allowed to drink coffee. Coffee couldn't be more appropriate, actually
(if you are on medication, talk to a doctor before adding coffee to your routine). In fact the drugs used for ADD are heavy-duty stimulants that are chemical cousins...
The biggest challenge -one I continuously focus on- is to apply different techniques to ensure a student gets the most out of a class or training. I always try to incorporate techniques that help the visual learner, the auditory learner, and the hands-on
kinesthetic learner. The previous learning styles are a preference. People learn in all three ways but students always prefer one. Preferring one technique over another doesn't make a person smarter or dumber than those who choose the opposite technique. Is
just that, a preference. As an instructor I feel responsible of incorporating techniques that students can I identify with. I want to be effective and I want students to truly get what they pay for. Throughout my career as an instructor I have developed and
learned effective techniques to ensure I help students reach a level of expertise.
What techniques do you use for training? If you are a student, what learning style do you prefer and why?
I find that many students have a fear of math. One reason for this fear is that math continues to builds on itself. For example, if you have difficulty w Algebra 1, chances are unless you go back and relearn it, you will continue to struggle w Algebra
2, pre calc, etc. I realized this as I would start tutoring a student in more advanced classes, but they never understood the PEMDAS concept from Elementary school.
Most schools nowadays, tend to push the kids through to higher in order to raise their ratings. My feeling is that if a child is struggling in Algebra 1 as an 8th grader, they should consider retaking the course in 9th grade. It will give them a confidence
boost in math and help their GPA too. If you push them ahead, it could turn out much worse later on. Since you need a solid foundation to build a skyscraper, you should not advance in math until you understand the basic concepts. Go back and relearn them and
you will move forward w understanding...
I recently got a tip about this language-learning app from Duolingo and have been test-driving it on my iPhone for a few days in Spanish, a language I've never formally studied. And I like it, quite a bit in fact.
As an ESL and German teacher of many years, and someone who has dabbled in a variety of other languages, I put a lot of thought and study into the process of learning language. Duolingo covers many of the important bases by incorporating key principles into
Activities for all four facets of language study: writing,
reading, listening, and even speaking (you speak into your device's microphone and it judges your pronunciation).
Moving gradually from passive recognition (What does "Adios" mean? -
choose from word bank) to active use (What is "Goodbye" in Spanish? - no word bank).
Overlapping reviews, incorporating grammar and vocabulary from previous lessons into new lessons.