Hunter Student Plan for Mr. Jamsa’s Class
If your child has ADD and ADHD challenges and gifts, I refer to them as the Hunter type child. For more information on that, please visit
The goal of the semester is to not treat this as a disability but as a source of new gifts which adds to the classroom diversity and thus educational environment. This plan is the first step in the implementation of this new policy.
If your child is a Hunter, I have a few strategies in class that I am piloting this year to better help them be successful in the typical classroom.
If you believe your child is a Hunter and want your child to be in the Hunter program, simply e-mail Mr. Jamsa expressing your interest and including an e-mail address that you regularly check.
The following describes how the science classroom will be adapted to assist the Hunters.
1) Hunter parents/ guardians will receive weekly e-mails projecting the topics of the week and any major projects including a task analysis of how to break it into smaller steps or assessments that have been announced out loud in class. This information will always be available as well at www.mrjamsa.com . Rationale: It can be difficult to support your child at home when you are unaware of what is happening in the classroom. Being organized including writing down short and long term assignments is not a Hunter’s gift.
2) Hunters will be partnered in class with an organized volunteer(s). On a daily basis, volunteers will make sure that Hunters file classroom papers in a designated folder, watch and make sure that their notebook stays as organized as possible, and give them a tap on the shoulder or some other sign when their attention seems to waver. Rationale: It is difficult for Hunters to pay attention to teachers, especially during lectures, for sustained periods of time. They are able to focus greatly on new stimuli, such as a noise in the hall, or stimuli that they find highly engaging. Hopefully, my information sharing will be both highly engaging and brief, but knowing I don’t always hit the mark, the reminder tap can help. Again, Hunters are not known for their organization skills.
3) When at all possible, Hunters will be relocated to quieter areas for work time. This is completely a privilege. Students who are placed in the back room to work or the hallway who do not behave appropriately will lose that privilege. Rationale: Hunters are terrific at sensing and responding to new stimuli – like the pencil that was dropped on the floor behind them. In a classroom with 30 students, there is lots of extra stimuli to distract the student and take away from their focus on the lesson.
4) It is my intent as well to call on them more often in class to participate in discussions. This is not to “catch” them being off task but to regularly remind them to stay in the game. If they are off task, the opportunity will be used to bring them back into the fold and not to embarrass them.
Your kind feedback on the plan above and how the plan meets with the reality of your child will help to transform this concept into sustainable and helpful classroom practices.