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Critical and Creative Thinking Skills for Children with ADHD - Practical activities for the primary classroom

ISBN: 9781921613746
Code: TS0249


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Critical and creative thinking skills sit alongside a group of other general capabilities within the Australian National Curriculum. The activities included in this book provide opportunities for the development of thinking skills as well as many other general capabilities and content specific skills in areas such as English, maths and science

The focus of the book is specifically on the teaching and learning of critical and creative thinking skills for children with ADHD and/or other learning difficulties. The National Curriculum describes a wide range of interrelated elements which combine to form the critical and creative thinking capability, and which can challenge these children in particular ways:

  • inquiring – identifying, exploring and clarifying information
  • generating innovative ideas and possibilities
  • reflecting on thinking, actions and processes
  • analysing, synthesising and evaluating information

The tasks in this book are ideal for use with smaller groups of around six children, but can be adapted for both smaller and larger group sizes Where possible, they apply to real-life situations to make them more meaningful when relating them to the thinking skills.

The activities are generally suitable for primary aged children, and have been designed so that they can be used with older primary children who require higher levels of support.

Pages: 52 | Ages: 2-12

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About the Author

Anne has worked as a special educator in a variety of settings, and holds a Masters degree in Special Education. Her experiences include teaching children and young adults with intellectual, learning and physical disabilities as well as behavioural challenges which make attendance at school a challenge.

As well as teaching classroom literacy and numeracy, Anne has worked as a teacher of sport and recreation and has taught within the Professional Writing and Editing course at Chisholm Institute.

To date she describes her most challenging and inspiring teaching moment as being deciding to take a group of teenagers with varying disabilities including autism, attention deficit disorder, intellectual disabilities and behavioural issues to Sydney from Melbourne in a minibus to watch the 2000 Paralympic Games — driving and camping for the whole five day trip!

A previous recipient of a Queen's Trust scholarship award to visit New Zealand and Fijian special education settings, Anne is committed to constantly updating and extending her skills into new and diverse areas of writing and education.