The New 3 R's of Education:




 Mind/Brain and Education

The future of education and the future of neuroscience are linked!

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Education should not imprision a child's brain but free it. 


The Neurobiology of ADHD

The neurobiology of ADHD is important for teachers to understand.   Getting off task, not listening when called, speaking out of turn in class, being forgetful, having emotional outbursts and many other  ADHD related problems in school are due to poor frontal lobe function.  The frontal lobes of our brain are responsible for what is called executive function and is sometimes called the associational cortex in that it makes linkages among widely interconnected processes fundamental to higher thinking and planning. Pathways that control behavior and emotions, monitoring, motivating, anticipating and planning start in the frontal lobe.  The frontal lobes also regulate impulses and allow us to pause before acting.  They determine how we organize our thoughts.  They supervise how we think and act.  They manage information and help us learn from mistakes


 Summary of Academic Accommodations for ADHD Child

(Mark Bertin, The Family ADHD Solution:  A Scientific Approach to Maximizing Your Child’s Stress and Minimizing Parental Stress)

1.    Seat the child towards the front of the room,  away from distractions

2.    Consistently use structured behavioral plans

3.    Schedule breaks during class time

4.    Assist in writing down homework assignments

5.    Assist in keeping track of books and materials (including duplicate books at home if needed)

6.    Offer note-taking help, such as providing outlines (or even entire set of notes in children who do not yet have the ability to take them)

7.    Break down longer assignments into smaller parts

8.    Extend test time for children who cannot finish on time or whose performance drops when under time pressure

9.    Test away from distractions

10.                 Monitor to make certain test instructions are followed

11.                 Modify homework (for example, limiting the number of items to be completed)

12.                 Permit keyboard use for homework (instead of handwriting)

13.                 Provide instruction in organizational skills

14.                 Modify grading, such as emphasizing knowledge of content in essays until writing skills are developed