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Provide a Quiet Work Area  (U.S. Department of Education, 2004)

Distractible students benefit from a quiet place in the classroom where they can go when they have more difficult assignments to complete.

A desk or study carrel in the corner of the room can serve as an appropriate workspace. When introducing these workspaces to students, stress that the quiet locations are intended to help students to concentrate. Never use areas designated for quiet work as punitive 'time-out' spaces, as students will then tend to avoid them.


U.S. Department of Education (2004). Teaching children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: Instructional strategies and practices. Retrieved August 20, 2005, from

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