What are the best learning aides or techniques to help children (10 to 12yrs) who have difficulty paying attention/focusing?
I find there are a few ways to keep younger students engaged when they have trouble focusing for extended periods of time: 1. Although you might be trying to teach a particular grammatical point or skill eg reading comprehension, you can link the source material to their interests. For example use a text about space, an interesting artist or even an engaging passage from a book they might like. For example, I have taught comprehension using a slide show about Keith Haring - there is plenty to talk about eg graffiti, murals, sculpture, painting and you can even then jump off into a deeper essay question around what is art/ is graffiti immoral etc. I have also used passages from books such as Artemis Fowl - you can really use anything the student might find interesting. 2. Try to gamify the exercise. Can you turn it in to a memory game, perhaps noughts and crosses with different exercises or maths questions in the "boxes", even some form of treasure hunt can work well with younger students. 3. Mix up these gamified exercises with more challenging or drier topics. For example with English I might start with a noughts and crosses task to get us warmed up, the teach a grammar point, followed by reading a passage from a story. Variety is really important and even short breaks to move around can help keep the student focussed for longer! Hope this helps - Gabby :)
Keep tasks short- max 15 minutes per task, start off with them doing 5 minutes independently and then slowly increase this once they’ve met the time. Give smart goals, so they know how long they have what exactly they are doing and the aim of the task. Try and make learning relateable to something they enjoy
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