Teaching Tip: Hyperactive Students
Students who are hyperactive can be a disruptive factor in your classroom. Here are some ideas that can help you manage a student who is hyperactive.
- Assign the student a classroom responsibility that he or she enjoys doing (e.g., collecting students' completed work).
- Positively reinforce the student for on-task behavior. Have a private signal you can use to cue the student to get on task.
- Ask the student a question when you notice that he or she is fidgeting or inattentive.
- Where appropriate, reduce the student's work load to reduce stress.
- Teach the student to self-monitor his or her behavior.
- If feasible, provide a quiet area for the student to use when he or she feels overwhelmed by classroom activity.
- If not disruptive to the other class members, allow the student to stand up or move about when doing class work.