This picture that accompanies this post may look crazy to you, but it’s a strategy that helps someone focus.
I love to observe people. I catch some things that that the regular human eye may miss. Yesterday, while I was on set with my daughter, I observed that the director was writing in this tiny notebook. At first, I thought that he was taking notes about the scenes, until I noticed that he was writing every 5 seconds or so. It was odd. He never looked down at the book. I was trying to figure out how he perfected the art of writing without looking.
Then he got closer to me and I was able to glance at what he was writing. To my surprise, it looked similar to the picture I posted. I was intrigued. In-between takes I asked him what he was doing. He laughed and said, “Scribbling allows me to keep my focus and helps me remember what the next scene is going to be and what needs to be done next. I have bad ADHD and doing that strategy helps me.”
This man is a director, who’s producing a commercial, that has ADHD.
Imagine this, there is a child like that in your classroom and in your home. This is the SAME child in a classroom that’s struggling to pay attention, but has BIG dreams. This is the next doctor, lawyer, educator, politician, sanitation worker, nurse, editor, writer, business owner, or director. These are the children we tell to stop beating on the desk, to stop tapping, scribbling, and to stop staring off into space.
What strategies are you giving them to help them cope. They aren’t a lost cause. They just need something to bring their attention back to what they are doing for that moment. Take the time to OBSERVE. Get to know that child. Figure out what strategies work for them. Give them the assistance they need to be successful. I’m sure the director’s teacher thought his scribbling was annoying or that he wasn’t paying attention in class. He was. He just needed to be taught differently. He needed something to help him focus on what he was created to do.
Lean in and help them figure it out. That child that is doing that annoying thing may be trying to figure out a way to focus. Help them.