Good morning James! It's time to start your daily diary, can you please get your diary out?
Five minutes later...
My brain is distracted...what is my best friend doing? I am sad I got in trouble this morning...it's so loud in here!
Five more minutes later...
This happens everyday...*sigh*
AHHHH! AHHH! AHHH!
James is so annoying!
Every day when the bell rings James' class does their daily diary write as part of their class' morning routine. James has difficulty getting started on his diary every day. James' teacher, Ms. T, is frustrated after two months of trying to manage James' behaviour every morning. James' behaviour is affecting the rest of the class.
Time to put diaries away
James it's time to put your diary away now, but you haven't started yet...you'll have to stay in at recess to finish it.
What James' teacher doesn't know is that there is a lot of distraction happening in James' brain. James comes to school feeling this way everyday and his distracted brain is keeping him from getting to work and staying on task.
While the other kids in the class try to get their daily diary written, James often will climb his desk or sometimes roll on the floor, or distract his friends by getting up and walking around the classroom. James is always loud in the morning, he is never quiet.
Why is he not able to work during class time? Every day this is such a struggle and nothing works except keeping him in at recess...
By the time James' class is done writing in their diaries, James has hardly started and is still often rolling on the floor or distracting his classmates. James' teacher has resulted in keeping him in at recess every day, but he is such an active kid and he really needs his outdoor recess break. Jame's teacher is stuck.
I don't care!
James always starts and finishes writing in his diary over recess break. The room is empty except for his teacher. James happily completes his work and doesn't need support with getting started, writing or staying on task.
Dear Diary...on the weekend I played with my best friend. We played "digging for crystals" and it was fun...
Every recess James' teacher, Ms. T, has to stay in the classroom while James works on his diary. Ms. T is perplexed. Why can't he just get on task in the morning? Ms. T decides to bring this problem to School Based Team (SBT).