Indigo Children in the Classroom
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ADD Kids & Trouble-Makers May Be Smart, Troubled, Intuitive Indigos
There’s a new kind of student in the classroom: Indigo kids. Intelligent, curious, & lacking fear or limits, they force teachers to rethink old paradigms of teaching.
Fast Learners or Slow
Indigo kids may be disruptive in the classroom because they are learn at a different rate from other children. Most indigos are extremely gifted in one or more areas. Their strong sense of individuality, as well as curiosity and the desire to learn, makes it hard for them to slow their pace to match the rest of the class.
In other areas that are not their strong point, an indigo kid may struggle to keep up with the expected level for his or her age group. Some indigo kids learn to read very late because they have little patience for their own weaknesses.
Most indigo kids are very sensitive.
They are highly attuned to their environment – sounds, smells, energy and even electric currents (some have been known to “kill” watches, or break light bulbs when they walk past).
Indigo children are especially sensitive to truth and falsehood. They respond poorly to harsh criticism. If they are lied to or not respected as people, they may retreat or refuse to participate in class, work or discussions.
Indigos are aware of the feelings of the people around them, and may reach out to other kids who are having trouble. They are often the target of bullies because of their emotional sensitivity.
Indigo Children, ADD and ADHD
Because of their sensitivity, learning challenges, and disruptiveness in class, indigo children may be labelled as ADD or ADHD. Teachers are encouraged to deal with “problem” children who don’t conform by forcing parents to put them on psychoactive drugs such as Ritalin or Prozac or withdraw from school.
The challenge for parents and teachers is to find an approach to work with these kids and their unique strengths and needs, instead of by suppressing them with prescription drugs.
Needs of the Indigo in the Classroom
The key to teaching indigo children is respect. Indigo kids must be respected before they will respect and pay attention to their teacher.
Almost as importantly, indigo kids need to be challenged and to have their intelligence welcomed. They usually “check out” and become disruptive in class when they are bored, or have no outlet for creativity.
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