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> Jason, I'm not sure I understand. How does your model--a different
> learning style--account for what others here have described: errant
> distracting thoughts that preclude concentration.
The distracting thoughts are just the brain expressing boredom concerning
the present task. The brain is looking for something else to stimulate it.
> If people with ADD just have a different learning style, what style of
> teaching would you recommend that would be successful to the student with
> this kind of constant internal distraction? It seem likely only a circus
> tent would actually be effective. :-)
Small, descrete blocks of information as an adjunct to active, hands-on
learning. What I have seen first-hand is that these people have great
affinity to the arts, and to trades. One member of my own family has ADHD.
While he may have trouble with traditional classroom environments,
anything done hands-on is instantly absorbed by him. As to exactly how
this would be implemented in the public schools, I don't know: I'm not a
professional educator. I think that with the amount of tax money we have
paid out for public schooling over the last half-century, those
professionals should have this figured out by now.
> I know some research focuses on hereditary links for ADD. I'm not a
> doctor, but If that idea has any validity, it seems unlikely a learning
> style would be inherited.
Your individual learning style is most likely based on how your individual
brain is wired (at least that is what I have been taught). That wiring is
the result of a combination of environment and heredity. Therefore, at
least part of your learning style would naturally be inherited.
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