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Empowering Peter: Intervention Strategies for ADHD Learners in Mathematics and Implementing Differentiated Assessments to Enhance Learning in a Structured Environment


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Question: Peter is a 12-year-old, fifth grade student with ADHD. Peter’s reading and math skills are two years below his grade level. Peter is repeating the grade, however, he is still struggling with his academic work and failing every subject. His teachers describe him as being disruptive and oppositional in class. Teachers complain that he does not pay attention and is very playful as a result he fails to complete all his tasks that are meant to be completed in class. Peter’s parents were contacted and the mother asserted that Peter is very playful, he also gets frustrated when he has to do his homework. According to Schuck and Crinella (2005), ADHD students are not dumb, lazy or out of control, they are smart kids who need to be assisted in order to be successful. QUESTION 1 1. As a Mathematics teacher, list and explain the intervention strategies you would apply in your teaching in assisting a child who is like Peter and why do you think your strategies will be effective? Substantiate your response by giving examples (16) • List and discuss the importance of at least 4 strategies (12) • Give examples as to how you will implement the four strategies. (4) 2. Who do you think are the role players in supporting a learner with learning barriers? List 3 role players and their functions in assisting the learner. (10) QUESTION 2 According to the SIAS (2015) document published by DBE, using differentiated assessment is crucial as an educator gets to know his/her learners and their different learning abilities. The goal is to meet learners where they are and to help them progress to the next step in their learning. Thus, it is a cyclical process: assessment and instruction inform each other. ➢ As a student teacher think of a learning area of your choice. Focusing on that learning area discuss and give examples on how you would use three different types of assessments to improve teaching and learning in your learning area and how you would use the assessments to assist all your learners to pass and achieve high marks in your learning area (24) Explain what is assessment for learning (3) Discuss the importance of this assessment (3) Give examples on how you would implement this in your learning area (2) Explain what is the assessment used for learning (formative) (3) Discuss the importance of this assessment (3) Give examples on how you would implement this in your learning area (2) Explain what is the assessment used for promotional purposes (summative) (3) Discuss the importance of this assessment (3) Give examples on how you would implement this in your learning area (2)

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QUESTION 1 1. As a Mathematics teacher, I'd employ several strategies to help a student like Peter: a) Differentiated Instruction: Peter shows difficulty in focusing, so using traditional teaching methods might not be effective. Instead, simplify concepts, use visual aids, and incorporate fun, engaging activities. Junior mathematics often includes incorporating physical education to learn about numbers, shapes, and measurement, which can cater to Peter's playful nature. b) Personalizing Teaching: Structure lessons to cater to Peter's learning pace. Utilize educational software like IXL, which allows students to learn at their own pace, with immediate feedback and reinforcement of concepts. c) Rewards System: Re-channel Peter’s high energy levels positively by setting up a system where he's rewarded for completing tasks. Rewards can motivate ADHD children, improving their behavior and focus. d) Mental and Physical Breaks: Breaks can help ADHD children to recharge and refocus. Incorporate quick brain breaks or physical activities such as stretching or jogging in place. Role Players in Supporting a Learner: a) Parents: Parents must establish routine, provide a quiet study space, and ensure the child is eating healthily and getting adequate sleep. b) School Counselor: They can work with Peter to develop social and academic coping skills. c) School Psychologist: They can help evaluate and diagnose ADHD and tailor an intervention plan. QUESTION 2 Concept of assessment for learning: Assessment for learning focuses on the learning process, enabling instructors to monitor student learning progress and make necessary adjustments. Different assessment types: a) Diagnostic Tests: Used to identify the learning strengths and weaknesses of students. For example, administer numeric memory games to understand Peter's current memory and numerical skills. b) Formative Assessment: This ongoing evaluation provides feedback on what students have learned, helping teachers adjust instruction. For instance, conduct short quizzes after each lesson to gauge understanding and adjust teaching methods accordingly. c) Summative Assessment: Typically conducted at the end of a chapter or course to measure student learning. This can include end-of-chapter tests or projects that require cumulative knowledge. For example, administer an end-of-chapter test on fractions to assess Peter’s understanding of the topic. The importance of these assessments lies in their ability to evaluate a student's learning and comprehension level, which allows the teacher to tailor instruction and interventions to meet their needs. The information gathered can assist in structuring a specialized learning path for a student like Peter, by identifying his strengths, weaknesses, and preferred learning styles.

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March 1, 2024, 12:13 a.m.

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Published: Friday, March 1, 2024

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