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Although she had been teaching for several years, this new school year was making Shelly a little nervous. It was her first year in fourth grade.

Shelly had a new student, Penelope, in her classroom. Penelope had an IEP . Areas targeted for improvement were reading, math and written language. Penelope also had a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder – Hyperactivity, or ADHD. She's supposed to take medication twice daily to help alleviate associated symptoms. However, Shelly noticed that Penelope's parents, the Pitstops, often forgot to administer the morning dose, which negatively impacted their daughter's morning start at school.

"How can I best meet all of Penelope's needs in the classroom?" Shelly wondered. "Unless absolutely necessary, I don't want to pull her out of the classroom. However, I don't want to single her out or create a situation that would make Penelope 'look different' than the other students. And what about her medication? Is that administered at home or at school? Do I give it to her or does the nurse?"

Reflections:

  1. What recommendations might you have for addressing the students' needs without drawing attention to their differences?
  2. What do you know about medication and ADD?

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