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Julie Kraft

Professor Anne McLaughlin


EDTR 107
20 June 2015
Journal 1: ADHD Inattention
I worked on the simulation ADHD Inattention, and it was surprisingly more difficult than
I expected. When the video first began it was a black screen with about a paragraph of white
font. I began to read the paragraph, when the screen quickly changed to a photograph of a child
in a red sweater being chased by a child in a white shirt. This photograph stayed on the screen
until it changed back to the paragraph. This jump made me forget what I had first read and made
me have to re-read the first couple of sentences. I began reading the paragraph and was about
halfway through, when the words disappeared and another photograph appeared. This photo had
a young girl playing on a spinning merry-go-round; this photo lasted a few seconds then went
back to the paragraph. This time I remembered most of what I had read before, but I still needed
to re-read a few sentences to catch up. The words came back for a shorter period of time, until a
photo of a little boy on a red sliding board came up on the screen. Again after a second of that
picture the wording came back on and I had the chance to finish the paragraph; however, again
another photograph of two children playing in sprinklers came back up on the screen. After that
it switched back to the paragraph for just a second before it began to ask questions.
Although I did get through the whole paragraph, the six questions at the end were a bit
difficult. I answered the first, second, third, and sixth question correct, but I got the fourth and
fifth incorrect. I know that the simulation was to represent how an ADHD child concentrates
when working on a task in school; nevertheless, for me it wasnt as hard to remember. The

pictures didnt interest me as much as it would a child. I also had a reason to sit there and watch
to learn, and although the pictures were distracting, I had the capability to be able to remember
what I was reading.
AHDH is short for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder which is a condition
characterized by excessive inattentiveness, hyperactivity, or impulsivity. (Smith 166) Not only
do children have ADHD -- adults can also have it; however, anyone who is diagnosed with this
disorder will have to have the characteristics present before the age of twelve. In simulation that
I evaluated I was looking through the eyes of someone who has ADHD and is inattentive.
Inattention is a commonly overlooked characteristic of ADHD, in addition to carelessness,
distractibility, and forgetfulness. (Smith 168) Throughout the simulation, a different photograph
would continuously pop up while reading a short paragraph, which caused me to be distracted
and forget what I had read. That is something that people with ADHD suffer with everyday. This
is probably why many students with ADHD experience difficulty with academic performance.
(Smith 172)
According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of ADHD include: difficulty paying attention,
frequently daydreaming, and easily distracted all of which are shown throughout the simulation.
The simulation shows a paragraph that is supposed to be read, then has different photographs pop
up, which is what it is like for a child to be working on something and begin daydreaming. This
distracts the child, which is why so many who are suffering with ADHD have such a difficult
time with their academic studies. Psychological problems arent created by ADHD; however,
children suffering from it have been known to have learning disabilities, anxiety, and even
depression. (Mayo) It makes sense that people suffering with ADHD have these conditions. For
me, just going through the simulation can be depressing since the distractions cant be controlled.

My goal is to become a elementary school teacher; I am already a Harford County school


bus driver. I already work with children suffering from ADHD on a daily basis. While on the
school bus, I help those children who have problems staying focused by bringing them to the
front seats to be near me. This way I can communicate with the child and help them remember to
sit down and do their best to stay calm. It seems to work well on the school bus, since I do not
have many other options to help the child stay safe rather then talking.
As a teacher I will be with the student much of the day and will have to help a child learn.
That knowledge will have to be retained, so that they are prepared to move onto higher
education. Working with a student with ADHD, I will have the responsibility to help that child
stay on track by setting up a classroom organization plan. I will set up clear and concise rules
in the classroom, along with providing the child with descriptions of common classroom
procedures. (Smith 184) Simply put, I will post and discuss the rules and processes well follow
in the classroom as part of a structured routine. I will also make sure that there are
consequences that are implemented consistently and fairly (Smith 184) not only to those
children who have ADHD, but all of the children who are in my classroom. Another strategy that
I will use in my classroom is to create learning strategy instructions that provides students
with explicit and systematic method for completing academic tasks such as solving math
problems, writing paragraphs or reports, or memorizing content area facts. This could be as
simple as a step-by-step chart to explain long division, or an acronym to help students write a
proper sentence. (Smith 184) Along with learning strategy instruction charts, I will also
incorporate graphic organizers in the classroom to help both students with ADHD and others.
Graphic organizers, such as charts and diagrams, help students focus on and connect the
important elements of the material. (Smith 184) In addition, I will use self-regulation

strategies in order to help the students learn to monitor and regulate their own behavior. I can
do this by having star charts and good behavior rewards for the children in my classroom.
According to Mayo Clinic, there are also some nurturing skills that I can use to help
children in my classroom with ADHD. I will help the children suffering from ADHD with strict
organization in the classroom, which will help them academically and also at home. I also will
work on using simple words to help them understand directions along with expressive
demonstrations when giving instructions to help children clarify what I am trying teach them. I
will also make sure to have patience with the children, to know when they need a break and
when they can continue. This will be hard at first; however, once I learn about the child and get
to know them I will be able to know when they need a break and when they dont. Being a
teacher is my ultimate goal, and I will work with the children and help them to succeed and
flourish in their academic studies.

References
Mayo Clinic Staff. ADHD in Children: Lifestyle and Home Remedies. MayoClinic.org. Mayo
Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 5 Mar. 2013. Web. 20 June 2015.
Smith, Deborah Deutsch., and Naomi Chowdhuri, Tyler. Introduction to Contemporary Special
Education: New Horizons. Boston: Pearson Education, 2014. Print.