Do you often get complaints from teachers about your child not paying attention in class? Wondering how you can address this situation? We give you some practical suggestions.
By Leena Ghosh
“Your child is not attentive in class.”
“Your son does not follow through with instructions.”
“Your daughter often gets distracted while I talk about assignments.”
These are some of the complaints parents get to hear from their child’s teachers in school.
While at home, you can find ways to make sure that your children pay attention to what you say and follow through with their tasks, getting them to pay attention at school can be difficult.
A teacher usually handles a class of about 35 to 50 students, at a time. To pay individual attention to each student and make sure all are listening, is next to impossible. As a result, children who get easily distracted in class tend to miss out on important lessons or instructions on how to do a particular assignment. So, they depend on their peers to fill in the blanks. And that’s not often reliable. As a result, their class performance and academic scores suffer.
Paying attention in class is vital to your child’s academic growth. But, as a parent, you can’t monitor how your child behaves in school. In this article, we give you some practical pointers to help your child pay attention in class.
But, before we get into that, you need to understand why your child is so distracted? Following could be some of the reasons why he is not paying attention in class.
Your child could be facing one or a combination of the problems mentioned above. So, observe and take the time to identify the challenges she may be facing in class, before trying to find a solution for it.
After you’ve identified the reasons, here are some steps you can take to make sure your child pays attention in class.
The most important thing you can do, as a parent, to help your child focus at school is by paying attention to him. Listen to what he is saying and see if there's a pattern to his problems. This way, not only will you be able to identify the reasons for his inattention but he will also know that he can talk to you and ask your help. So, the next time you hear a complaint about your child not paying attention in school, listen to what he has to say for it.
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