Kagan Online Magazine

Subscription Info

Subscribe Me
You will receive an e-mail with hot links to the latest Kagan Online Magazine, as well as announcements about upcoming Kagan professional development events and new products.

Subscribe A Friend
Please include your friend's e-mail address when subscribing.

Unsubscribe Me
Remove yourself from Kagan's e-mail list.

Unlock Kagan's Vault
Free Articles
Bookmark and Share

Special Article

Jackie Has ADHD

Amanda Keller

To cite this article: Keller, K. Jackie Has ADHD San Clemente, CA: Kagan Publishing. Kagan Online Magazine, Issue #56. www.KaganOnline.com

I am a first grade teacher and this year I was the lucky recipient of “that student." You know the one the kindergarten teachers have a hard time placing, because she is so difficult they don’t want to make a first grade teacher’s life difficult.

Jackie has ADHD. Her parents refuse to medicate her. Jackie spent most of her kindergarten career sitting away from the rest of the class with her head down. She was uncooperative, a bully, and physically aggressive with other children.

On the first day of school, I could tell I had my work cut out for me. Jackie is very bright and naturally talkative. I knew the sooner I got Kagan Structures in place, the better we were going to be. I started the year off by setting and practicing our routines and procedures. I used Kagan Structures to teach and model these.

I made sure to use Jackie as my model student; she caught on right away. I used simple structures at the beginning of the year such as RallyRobin, Mix-Pair-Share, RoundRobin, and StandUp–HandUp–PairUp. The results were immediate. As the year progressed, we added more complex structures to our classroom and with each structure, Jackie grew as a classmate. Other students wanted to be her partner and she learned how to interact in a socially acceptable way with her classmates.

Jackie is a natural teacher. I use her often to model “tip, tip, teach, try again." She is able to explain concepts to her classmates better than I can sometimes.  Jackie’s first grade has been successful!

The year hasn’t been perfect, but due to Kagan Structures, our year together went very well and has been rewarding! Like most students, Jackie wants to talk and move. I was able to provide those opportunities to her in structured way.