Maybe they just need to learn to sit still and concentrate

The Quirky Teacher

A few years ago, an ed psych was booked to assess a child in my class (upper KS2). In preparation, we were instructed to gather all the evidence of interventions, as well as write up a few notes on his attainment and progress, amass samples of work from his books and also to try to get a couple of videos of him when the class was busy working. I was lucky enough to have a TA and we decided that the best opportunity to film him, expecting to see evidence of ADHD type behaviour, was when the class was doing their weekly number facts and arithmetic tests. This was the time when the children had the most focus and were relatively oblivious to what the adults in the room were doing.

Back then it was school policy to have tables arranged for group work, although I tried to orient them…

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