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Classroom Management - Arousal Regulation / Attention


Strategies for helping a child with the arousal regulation problem of being inconsistent include:

Present tasks in manageable pieces, clearly define the grading expectations.

Example: Teacher rubrics for analyzing important Information on child's reading assignment. Describe to the child how their reading assignment work is being judged and the expectations for each part of the assignment, (1) determining the main idea, (2) noting important information, and (3) putting the information together are described.

Expectation Beginning Emerging Mastered
Main Idea Provide details to describe the passage Student uses important details to tell what the passage is about - has some misunderstandings Presents the Main idea succinctly
Important Information Student tells everything he knows about what he has read Student describes using some of a story frame word Student tells about the main characters, events, problem, and/or solution
Putting the information together to formulate a conclusion or summary Disorganized, several misunderstandings Identifies beginning, middle, and end of a story - leaves out important facts or details Uses the main idea, describes the story using beginning, middle, and end, and presents conclusions.
  • Use visuals and provide instruction on why it is important to modulate mental energy and work pacing.

  • Use checklists to help the student plan and remember the steps to a task. This will help the student to realistically predict the length of the assignment.

    Example: Either text or image lists can help the student plan and remember steps

  • Provide a quiet area for the student to maintain attention and work pacing such as a study tent.

  • Use mental management techniques to help the student learn to regulate their work pace and output.