Students in schools are becoming more academically diverse. So how do we cater for this diversity?
Elsen Academy has made a commitment to focus on individualization, and we acknowledge that solutions to educational problems lie in quality practice, for example embracing and incorporating differentiation.
Differentiation means that we:
- Respect individuals,
- Own student success,
- Build community,
- Provide high-quality curriculum,
- Assess to inform instruction,
- Implement flexible classroom routines,
- Create varied avenues to learning,
- Share responsibility for teaching and learning.
Reference: Tomlinson, C. 2008. The differentiated school. Alexandria, USA.
Ten things to take note of:
1) ADHD is the most common psychiatric disorder in children.
2) It is a genetic condition.
3) It is frequently comorbid with at least one other condition, i.e. conduct disorder, depression.
4) Many ADHD teens also have learning problems.
5) Have realistic expectations for your teen.
6) Share knowledge about ADHD.
7) Distinguish between normal "rebellious" behaviour and true ADHD symptoms.
8) Consider treatment options, i.e. medication, counselling.
9) Untreated ADHD leads to impairments in major life activities.
10) Encourage positive friendships as adolescents are often more influenced by peers than by family.
(Summary of article by Dr. Dora Wynchank Aug, 2013)