ADHD affects everyone differently, but I have noticed that these students seem to struggle the most at finding a coping mechanism within lessons that will aid them to control their behaviour enough to enable both them to be able to concentrate to learn and also to not be a distraction to the rest of the class for them to be able to learn. This is why I have chosen the question ‘How can different behavioural management techniques positively influence the learning experiences of children with ADHD?’ for this action research project. I aim to try and find some workable solutions to this problem.
For the organisation I work for, learners with challenging behaviour are more and more frequently being enrolled at the college, each learner is individually funded by the Local Education Authority with support ranging from £22,000 to £110,000 per year. Due to the funding allocated to individual learners, teachers have increasing pressures to meet targets such as learners completing their courses and passing. Subsequently, classroom behaviour management is a key element that needs to be successful to secure funding by meeting the targets set by the Local Education Authority in return for the enrolment of more learners with challenging behaviour thus more funding for the college. Therefore, identifying a workable and manageable behaviour strategy and policy that can be used consistently in the classroom and across the college is ever more important to get right in order to meet such targets.
One of these issues is motivation towards target language, which is a critical area of concern itself for second language Teachers. A major concern to second or foreign language (L2) researchers has been the role played by motivational factors in L2 learning and it is a complex phenomenon as these factors are deep within the students’ mind. And this shall form the central focus of this study. As a teacher of these students, what matters most to me can be summed up in the simple question that forms the basis of my enquiry: What are the attitudes and motivation in Learning English?
“to know thyself” can lead to a lifetime of investigation. Self-knowledge becomes an outcome of learning. John Zubizaretta (2004, 2009),
The purpose of my research was to devise a system/model to re-engage disengaged learners and help those that have fallen by the wayside; disinterested, goal deprived and lost in the educational system.
Since I started this DTTLS course I have had an opportunity to try and improve aspects of my lessons within reason, ensuring that quality was not compromised. Completing each unit of this course has enabled me to look at the processes that are involved in delivering successful informative lessons and identify areas for much needed improvement.