Just for Teachers: 5 Great Ways to Help Hyperactive Kids Learn

Just for Teachers: 5 Great Ways to Help Hyperactive Kids Learn

With these fun teaching techniques, you can get hyperactive students to focus all that energy in the right direction.

Do hyperactive kids drive you a little crazy in the classroom? Most teachers would say yes. Hyperactive students are demanding, but does that mean you give up on them? Of course not!

When you approach hyperactive students the right way, it can turn into a beautiful experience of mutual motivation and respect.

Hyperactive kids simply need more attention. Most children are active by nature, but hyperactive kids are always on the move, bouncing from one activity to another. They have trouble paying attention to lessons when you use traditional teaching methods.

That’s why you need to introduce other strategies that will engage hyperactive students on their own level. The good news is that these methods make the teaching process more fun, too.

Mindfulness in schools may sound like mutually exclusive concept, but many teachers have experienced its benefits. Recent research found that mindfulness programs and techniques deliver beneficial results in the classroom. A high school from New York introduced a yoga program in 2016. The students who participated had a significantly higher GPA compared to the group of students who didn’t practice yoga.

It’s not just about the grades. Another research study among high school students showed that yoga helped students’ control their emotions.

Mindfulness means being in the present moment, without attachment or judgment. For a hyperactive child, it means sensing the current situation in their body and mind, and making peace with it.

Mindfulness is usually achieved through meditation techniques. Meditation trains the mind to set aside distractions and be present in the current moment. If you think your students are too young or too inattentive for meditation, you can start with simple breathing and relaxation techniques. They also lead to a focused state of mind.

Hyperactive students learn best when they are engaged in the process. You cannot expect them to sit calmly at their desk, listen to the lecture, and take a test. That’s too challenging for them. Doing is always better than listening, so you can transform their doing into a learning activity.

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Hyperactive children, by definition, have trouble staying put. It is torture for them stay at their desk too long. These students are kinesthetic learners. That’s not a bad thing. It’s an opportunity for you to introduce fresh methods into your educational routines that address that learning style.

Hyperactive children want and need to move around. Channel that need into a useful activity. Cleaning, to be precise.

Encourage your students to be responsible for cleaning the classroom. Teach them that it’s normal part of the school day.

Say: “Hey, let’s clean the classroom together!” Make it a call to action. You can divide them into groups: one group will clean the desks, the other group will collect garbage from the floor, and the third group will organize classroom items. Rotate the groups throughout the month, so everyone will get to do everything.

These simple chores give your kids a sense of responsibility, and it will burn up some excess energy in the process. The end result? The students will be calmer for the rest of the day.

You can’t expect all your students to be motivated and exhibit a desire to learn whatever you throw at them. However, you can encourage and persuade your students to want to learn.

Whichever method you decide to use, remember: Hyperactive kids are just kids. They cannot be serious and follow instructions all the time. The first step toward solving the problem is simple: The teacher should stop being too serious. With fun teaching techniques, you can lead hyperactive students to focus all that energy in the right direction.