2012 August Archive Page


Creative Classroom Jobs - August 30th, 2012

By Sandra Rief   Part of establishing a sense of community and positive, cooperative classroom environment  is to ensure that all students learn to take responsibility for making the classroom run smoothly. Many teachers create a variety of classroom occupations for this purpose that students are assigned or select/volunteer to do.  Here are some typical classroom [...]



Why Writing is Often a Struggle for Students with ADHD and/or Learning Disabilities - August 22nd, 2012

  By Sandra Rief   Written language is very challenging and frustrating for many children and teens with ADHD and/or Learning Disabilities. Although they may verbally be able to share a wealth of information on a topic or articulate a creative, detailed story, students with LD and/or ADHD frequently struggle to show what they know [...]



Great Strategy for Motivating On-Task Behavior - August 15th, 2012

by Sandra Rief Middle school teacher, Shawn H., shared with me this strategy that he uses in his 7th grade math class.  I think it’s a terrific idea for motivating on-task behavior during independent work time.  When this teacher gives an assignment and he observes students who are on-task and busy working on what they [...]



Keeping Students On Task During Seat Work - August 6th, 2012

by Sandra Rief   This is the last of a 4-part blog on getting, focusing, and maintaining students’ attention – particularly important for students with ADHD.  Here are tips for keeping students’ focused and productive during seat work times of the day. Check for clarity and that directions were clearly understood before sending students back to their [...]



Engaging & Maintaining Students’ Attention (Part III) - August 5th, 2012

Maintaining Students’ Attention & Participation by Sandra Rief   This is the third of a 4-part blog on getting, focusing, and maintaining students’ attention – particularly important for students with ADHD.  Once you get and focus students’ attention, here are some strategies for keeping them engaged and participating in the lesson:   Keep students actively engaged.  [...]



Engaging & Maintaining Students’ Attention (Part II) - August 3rd, 2012

FOCUSING STUDENTS’ ATTENTION   by Sandra Rief This is the second of a 4-part blog on getting, focusing, and maintaining students’ attention – particularly important for students with ADD / ADHD.  Part I was on “Getting Students’ Attention”.  Here are some strategies for focusing students’ attention once you initially capture it: Employ multisensory strategies when directions [...]



Engaging and Maintaining Students’ Attention (Part 1) - August 2nd, 2012

                                                                                                               by Sandra Rief This is the first of a 4-part blog that will focus on getting, focusing, and maintaining students’ attention – particularly important for kids with ADHD.  Adapted from my books: How to Reach & Teach Children with ADD/ADHD and The ADD/ADHD Checklist: A Practical Reference for Parents and Teachers.   GETTING STUDENTS’ [...]