Students everywhere have a common problem: they lack focus. Whether it’s being easily distracted at home or at school, you may find your child daydreaming or doodling rather than listening to what you’re saying. Unfortunately, their grades will quickly decline. However, there are things you can do to help your pupil focus.
Choose your seating arrangements wisely.
Children who have trouble focusing often find themselves looking outside and daydreaming, focusing on the goings-on outside rather than what’s happening around them. Helping them by placing them away from the door and away from the window can help them become less distracted. If they can’t see out of the window, they can’t daydream that way. Minimizing distractions can help with your results.
Accommodate the different styles of learning
There are many different styles of learning, and they will affect each student differently. Switching between different learning styles gives every student a chance to learn the material the best they can. Whether it’s visual, kinaesthetic, aural, social, solitary, verbal, or logical, be sure you’re integrating as many different learning styles as you can. Giving students the chance to learn which style suits them best can also help them study: for example, if their learning style is more visual, you can help them make flashcards with pictures of vocabulary words to help them remember what the word means.
Something that also helps is giving students a chance to work with a partner, in a group, or individually. Students learn in different ways, and what may work for one student may not for another, so be sure to accommodate as best as you can.
Keep things interesting
Students that have trouble focusing find that switching the lesson activities between high and low interest or varying the pacing of the lessons can ultimately help a students’ focus. Students who have trouble focusing for long periods of time find that long lectures are exceptionally difficult to focus through. Another thing that you can do is to let students take a five-minute break during class, especially on block periods. Giving students time to breathe during long lectures can help them focus back on what’s important.
These are just a few of the many ways that you can go about helping your students that have trouble focusing stay on task during the school day.