Could you list out ways to improve attention span in primary and middle school children?
Sofs, that is a great question. Personally, I believe it is taking the time for one on one interaction. It can be very tough with many students, but it is a great way to get them to pay attention more. When they know you care, they will listen more closely. Younger children may be more difficult and may take more time, but I really think it would work. That one on one bond is crucial. We all need to feel special.
sofs, school cause for a long day even we get tired as adults. Although, when you allow primary and middle school children become active thinkers you will improve their attention span. Allow the process of creativity work for you because children have intelligent thoughts to participate, answer questions being involved. Once children know they are involved you get their attention because children are creative beings ready to learn.
There is no one answer. Half the time, there is a problem at home and so the kids act out in school to compensate. What's tough about this is that the parents will generally deny there is a problem at home. So the teacher gets the blame for the student who cannot sit still. The best home treatment for primary school, on the other hand, is reading to the child or working with the child on spelling or math. If all else fails, the child might benefit from seeing a child psychologist. The worst option, however, is drugs. There is no solid evidence that in the long run medications for AD/HD have any benefit.
Turn off the TV, gaming devices, cellphones, basically any electronic device. When children spend their time reading and playing with toys, they have good attention spans and know how to be be creative.
When my little girl was a baby, the TV was off until she went to bed. Now that she's a little older, she may get to watch one show a day. Most days, we don't even turn it on.
She has an incredible attention span. As a baby, she'd want to sit and read for hours. She still loves to.
I have two youger brothers who constantly need help with homework from school. Aside from having the children take ADD or ADHD medication, I can reccommend a few things.
Having the student be active in their work helps alot. If they are able to interact with their teacher in smaller groups with other students in engaging and "fun" assignments, they are more likely to complete their task.
Lots of kids say school is boring, so make it not boring. Althouh they are kids, ask for their ideas on projects and take them into consideration. Fellow students know each other best, and can be moved towards interaction with other students and the teacher.
Children pick up emotional signals from the environment and reacts to it. It is very important that parents should have time to their children not the nanny or other people. If a child had a problem at home he will bring it with him anywhere. Separate the kids with attention problems, they should have lots of time with you than the other kids. Ask them what they like, don't always act like you are a monster to them. Ask them about kids stuff with interest of course. Their will be a time those kids talk about what really happen - help them (both the child and parents) solve those problems first before school stuff really gets pin on their heads.
A lot depends on the reason for distractabilty.
Some children have physiological conditions like ADHD. Some are suffering from stress. Some have too much stimuli to deal with. And some have just never been expected to sit still and pay attention, so they don't know how.
If it's a medical issue, the treatments are more complicated. Whether or not there's a medical component, doing things like cutting down on distractions, using white noise to further screen out distractions, breaks, physical exercise, simple meditation and learning the skill of focusing your attention are all things that can help.
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