Teachers Guide to Anxiety in the Classroom

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Inattention and Restlessness

When a child is squirming in his seat and not paying attention, we tend to think of ADHD, but classroom anxiety could also be the cause. When kids are anxious in the classroom, they might have a hard time focusing on the lesson and ignoring the worried thoughts overtaking their brains.

Some kids might appear really ‘on’ at one point but then they can suddenly drift away, depending on what they’re feeling anxious about,” says Dr. Ken Schuster. “That looks like inattention, and its, but it’s triggered by anxiety.”