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Alaina would try to concentrate in her Sophomore English class, but her teacher, Janel Whitaker, could see her thoughts drift away. Whenever it looked inviting outside the walls of Central High School, Janel knew Alaina would be particularly unaware of what they were doing.

No wonder she doesn't know how to answer my questions at the end of a story. She probably doesn't even read it, thought Janel. I need to talk to her special education facilitator about this. Maybe she's not taking her medication. She seems so unmotivated most days.

As a regular education teacher at Central High, Janel was starting to see more and more students who were dealing with AD/HD. She was looking for a way to help those students and herself. It drove her crazy when kids did not listen! She hoped her talk with Mary Wiley would help her get this problem under control and provide new strategies to use in the classroom.


  1. Compare your reaction to AD/HD students to Janel's reaction.
  2. Describe accommodations you have previously made for AD/HD students.         

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