I got in trouble in school today. They took away my recess. They said it was because I couldn’t sit still, but I was feeling so restless.
I couldn’t control my body. I wish they’d give me breaks to move. It’s so much easier to concentrate when I’m not forced to sit for an hour or two.
Sometimes directions come on so fast, I can’t keep them all straight. Giving them one step at a time or writing them down would be great.
It’s hard for my mind to focus on 30 questions in a row. Break my work into smaller parts and watch the answers flow.
Check on how I’m doing after I complete the first ten. While you’re looking at my work can I get up, stretch, or play with my pen?
My mom told me you’re disappointed with my messy space. All my belongings overwhelm me. Teach me how to keep them in the proper place.
You yelled at me for calling out and I felt embarrassed in front of my friends.
Sometimes my mouth goes faster than my mind. Kindly remind me to raise my hand.
Please know that these things don’t define me. Let me know when I make you proud.
If you just take the time to notice, you’ll see a bright star, instead of a cloud.
So the next time that I have trouble following your rules and routines, please don’t take away my recess. Burning energy improves my focus and self-esteem.
About the Author: Rachel Wise is a licensed behavior specialist and school psychologist. She is also the CEO and founder of educationandbehavior.com, a website that provides free support strategies for children in the areas of learning, behavior, and social emotional development!
See this poem right on my website: Please Don't Take Away My Recess: A Poem About ADHD