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Strategies and Systems For Distracted Students
    Michael Boll, Grade 7 Teacher and Technology Coach,
              Conco...
All materials are available
   at www.mrboll.com
The takeaways

Identify a distracted child

Learn useful systems and
strategies

Motivation for you and
them
Start of my career
Beautiful place
Yeah, why
          Marry me?       not




I mean it was a beautiful
          place
I was not always focused
        on work
Students were students
Some were annoying and
      energetic
Some were annoying and
      energetic
Easily explained
Easily explained
Lazy
Easily explained
Lazy

Did not try hard
Easily explained
Lazy

Did not try hard

Did not want to do well
Easily explained
Lazy

Did not try hard

Did not want to do well

Needed discipline
Easily explained
Lazy

Did not try hard

Did not want to do well

Needed discipline

Just needed to get motivated
Off to Saudi Arabia
Students were much better
Still distracted students
But of course they were just
Lazy

Did not try hard

Did not want to do well

Needed discipline

Just needed to get motiva...
Then one day...

                  Yeah
                  sure
    Mr. Boll I     kid
   think you
   have ADD
It did cause me to think back to
      when I was younger
                         Michael you
                    need to...
And then somebody
out there thought I
      needed
A new perspective
Realization: Not all kids
       are typical
Was I wrong about my distracted
          students?
  Lazy

  Do not try hard

  Do not want to do well

  Need discipline...
Paradigm shift?


All students want
    to do well!
All kids want to do well
All kids want to do well
Spotting a distracted
      student
Ability            Performance
  55


41.25


 27.5


13.75


   0
                   School




        Typical Student
Ability            Performance
60


45


30


15


 0
                    School




     A discrepancy between
     abili...
Other signs

Poor muscle tone (thin)

Poor handwriting

Messy desk, room, book bag

Loses books, pens, calculators, self

...
Portrait of a distracted
        student
Portrait of a distracted
        student
They need a clear pathway
 for optimal performance
Response to intervention
     (RTI) model
Six steps to success
Step one: systems for organization
Reminder: distracted kids are
often very bright


 Yet struggle to remember
 specific details or ideas

 Often their short-...
School: the planner becomes your
      memory--traditional
School: the planner becomes your
      memory--electronic
Day-to-day: Pocket
Mod(pocketmod.com)
Day-to-day: Pocket
Mod(pocketmod.com)
Day-to-day:
     ◊
Day-to-day:
     ◊
Keep systems simple

Three systems or less is
best

Warning: distracted
kids will orient toward
complex systems. They
are ...
Step two: limit distractions
The homework path of one of my
       former students
The homework path of one of my
       former students
The homework path of one of my
       former students
The homework path of one of my
       former students
The homework path of one of my
       former students
The homework path of one of my
       former students
The homework path of one of my
       former students
The homework path of one of my
       former students
The homework path of one of my
       former students
The homework path of one of my
       former students
The cookie theory
Paper is the enemy
Binders can be a disaster
Desktops are a catastrophe
Backpacks are a calamity
Lockers are a tragedy
Schedule weekly paper
       checks
Computers are fill in the
      blank...
Serious competition for
       attention
Unplug
Step three: increase focus levels
Create opportunities to
     hyper-focus
Work in timed chunks
        Computer
        Traditional
Music and podcasts
Step four: build a support team
Cheerleaders


Teachers

Parents

Friends

Coaches

Aunt, uncle, etc
Step five: motivation
It is a building process


Not a quick fix

Takes days, months years

Results can last a lifetime
Negotiation vs. demand
Get buy in from him/her

Students want to do well
right?

You can usually lead them
down the path to buy in to
the ideas.
Step six: keeping you motivated
Response to intervention




 Is it working?   Is it not working?
Common concerns


Am I enabling him/her?

Will he/she ever make it?

Others?
What about you?


Watch burn out

Take breaks

Lean on the support team
Steps in review
1. Create an organization
  system(s)

2. Limit distractions

3. Use strategies to increase
  focus levels...
Order of importance?
1. Build a support team

2. Motivation for him/her

3. Motivation for you

4. Create an organization
...
Remember: distracted students also want to do well
They just are not typical
       students
And there are a lot of us non-
 typical learners out there...
And you will find them
        here
Michael Boll
Michael@autismpodcast.org
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  • Transcript of "Distracted Students"

    1. 1. Strategies and Systems For Distracted Students Michael Boll, Grade 7 Teacher and Technology Coach, Concordia International School
    2. 2. All materials are available at www.mrboll.com
    3. 3. The takeaways Identify a distracted child Learn useful systems and strategies Motivation for you and them
    4. 4. Start of my career
    5. 5. Beautiful place
    6. 6. Yeah, why Marry me? not I mean it was a beautiful place
    7. 7. I was not always focused on work
    8. 8. Students were students
    9. 9. Some were annoying and energetic
    10. 10. Some were annoying and energetic
    11. 11. Easily explained
    12. 12. Easily explained Lazy
    13. 13. Easily explained Lazy Did not try hard
    14. 14. Easily explained Lazy Did not try hard Did not want to do well
    15. 15. Easily explained Lazy Did not try hard Did not want to do well Needed discipline
    16. 16. Easily explained Lazy Did not try hard Did not want to do well Needed discipline Just needed to get motivated
    17. 17. Off to Saudi Arabia
    18. 18. Students were much better
    19. 19. Still distracted students
    20. 20. But of course they were just Lazy Did not try hard Did not want to do well Needed discipline Just needed to get motivated
    21. 21. Then one day... Yeah sure Mr. Boll I kid think you have ADD
    22. 22. It did cause me to think back to when I was younger Michael you need to try harder and get motivated. You don’t want people to think you are lazy. Yes dad
    23. 23. And then somebody out there thought I needed
    24. 24. A new perspective
    25. 25. Realization: Not all kids are typical
    26. 26. Was I wrong about my distracted students? Lazy Do not try hard Do not want to do well Need discipline Just need to get motivated
    27. 27. Paradigm shift? All students want to do well!
    28. 28. All kids want to do well
    29. 29. All kids want to do well
    30. 30. Spotting a distracted student
    31. 31. Ability Performance 55 41.25 27.5 13.75 0 School Typical Student
    32. 32. Ability Performance 60 45 30 15 0 School A discrepancy between ability and performance
    33. 33. Other signs Poor muscle tone (thin) Poor handwriting Messy desk, room, book bag Loses books, pens, calculators, self Leaves things all over the place
    34. 34. Portrait of a distracted student
    35. 35. Portrait of a distracted student
    36. 36. They need a clear pathway for optimal performance
    37. 37. Response to intervention (RTI) model
    38. 38. Six steps to success
    39. 39. Step one: systems for organization
    40. 40. Reminder: distracted kids are often very bright Yet struggle to remember specific details or ideas Often their short-term memory is limited
    41. 41. School: the planner becomes your memory--traditional
    42. 42. School: the planner becomes your memory--electronic
    43. 43. Day-to-day: Pocket Mod(pocketmod.com)
    44. 44. Day-to-day: Pocket Mod(pocketmod.com)
    45. 45. Day-to-day: ◊
    46. 46. Day-to-day: ◊
    47. 47. Keep systems simple Three systems or less is best Warning: distracted kids will orient toward complex systems. They are so interesting!
    48. 48. Step two: limit distractions
    49. 49. The homework path of one of my former students
    50. 50. The homework path of one of my former students
    51. 51. The homework path of one of my former students
    52. 52. The homework path of one of my former students
    53. 53. The homework path of one of my former students
    54. 54. The homework path of one of my former students
    55. 55. The homework path of one of my former students
    56. 56. The homework path of one of my former students
    57. 57. The homework path of one of my former students
    58. 58. The homework path of one of my former students
    59. 59. The cookie theory
    60. 60. Paper is the enemy
    61. 61. Binders can be a disaster
    62. 62. Desktops are a catastrophe
    63. 63. Backpacks are a calamity
    64. 64. Lockers are a tragedy
    65. 65. Schedule weekly paper checks
    66. 66. Computers are fill in the blank...
    67. 67. Serious competition for attention
    68. 68. Unplug
    69. 69. Step three: increase focus levels
    70. 70. Create opportunities to hyper-focus
    71. 71. Work in timed chunks Computer Traditional
    72. 72. Music and podcasts
    73. 73. Step four: build a support team
    74. 74. Cheerleaders Teachers Parents Friends Coaches Aunt, uncle, etc
    75. 75. Step five: motivation
    76. 76. It is a building process Not a quick fix Takes days, months years Results can last a lifetime
    77. 77. Negotiation vs. demand
    78. 78. Get buy in from him/her Students want to do well right? You can usually lead them down the path to buy in to the ideas.
    79. 79. Step six: keeping you motivated
    80. 80. Response to intervention Is it working? Is it not working?
    81. 81. Common concerns Am I enabling him/her? Will he/she ever make it? Others?
    82. 82. What about you? Watch burn out Take breaks Lean on the support team
    83. 83. Steps in review 1. Create an organization system(s) 2. Limit distractions 3. Use strategies to increase focus levels 4. Build a support team 5. Motivation for him/her 6. Motivation for you
    84. 84. Order of importance? 1. Build a support team 2. Motivation for him/her 3. Motivation for you 4. Create an organization system(s) 5. Limit distractions 6. Use strategies to increase focus levels
    85. 85. Remember: distracted students also want to do well
    86. 86. They just are not typical students
    87. 87. And there are a lot of us non- typical learners out there...
    88. 88. And you will find them here
    89. 89. Michael Boll Michael@autismpodcast.org
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