The Kids Behind the Label: An Inside Look at ADHD for Classroom Teachers

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Overview

You've had them in your class. Their behavior has troubled you. Their lack of academic focus has frustrated you. And the problem of what to do about them has stretched your every professional nerve to its breaking point. So imagine what school is like for them.

In The Kids Behind the Label students with Attention - Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) tell you what they experience coming to class each day. Trudy Knowles interviewed fourteen ADHD students from elementary school to college, asking them to reflect on their classroom experiences. Their descriptions of thinking, seeing, hearing, and learning will forever change how you approach ADHD students, allowing you to contrast their frustrating in - school behavior with the frustration they feel trying to complete their work and make sense of their world. Knowles, meanwhile, places the interviews in a sensitive yet pragmatic context, defining the disorder, helping you recognize specific symptoms, and offering advice on improving the educational lives of ADHD kids by examining your practices from their point of view.

In America, as many as 25 million people are diagnosed with ADHD; chances are you're teaching at least one of them. If so, don't lose patience. Pick up The Kids Behind the Label and read the thoughts of the students often branded as problem children. You'll soon discover that they want a meaningful educational experience, and that, by listening to them, you can provide it.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325009674
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 7/19/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,357,302
  • Age range: 5 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Trudy Knowles is the coauthor of What Every Middle School Teacher Should Know, Second Edition (Heinemann, 2007) and the author of The Kids Behind the Label: An Inside Look at ADHD for Classroom Teachers (Heinemann, 2006). She is a professor in the education department at Westfield State College in Westfield, Massachusetts and provides workshops throughout the country on ways to help all students become successful in school. Her research and writing focus on democratic teaching and ways to give students a voice in their own learning.
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Table of Contents


Foreword   Curt Dudley-Marling     xi
Acknowledgments     xv
Speaking From the Heart     1
What Is ADHD? Like a Ping-Pong Ball Shooting Everywhere     10
Jennie's Story: Half Off in the Middle of Nowhere, Always     22
Symptoms of ADHD: I See It All, I Hear It All     35
Creating Safe Learning Spaces     54
Jenny's Advice to Teachers: Every Student Is Different     66
What to Teach and How to Teach It: A Look at Curriculum and Instruction     69
Tying Symptoms to Learning: What Teachers Can Do     83
Insights From Teachers     103
Medication: My Eyes are Metal and the Teacher is a Magnet     113
Jessie's Story: This Wasn't Supposed to Be My Life     121
Final Thoughts: My Sermon     128
Afterword: Storytellers Update     131
References     139
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