Monotony, lack of interest, and short attention span are the major contributing factors to the lack of concentration in students. Long hours, project work, homework, assignments, and so on over a long period of time dull kids down.
With the quickly advancing pedagogical changes in the education industry, it is time to shake off our inertia and find innovative ways to improve their concentration and have quality learning take place.
Have you ever been to a conference and observed an adult’s attention span when you are standing on that podium? It is difficult to engage even adults for a few seconds and can you imagine what it would possibly be like for kids who are bursting with energy, have games on their mind and everything else possible other than the class that is in session? A little effort towards creating interest, will help to develop a to create interests, develop a deep desire for learning and you will no doubt have you students concentrating.
With all the above said let’s break it down into two crucial steps in gaining a kid’s undivided attention and concentration.
Tips for Improving Concentration
Here are a few tips on how you could improve your child’s concentration.
There has been so much talk about mindfulness in the recent months. The practice of mindfulness has proven to increase brain activity and isn’t that what we want from these children, higher cognitive abilities?
Activity – Take a few minutes of the class and have the students close their eyes and stay still. While they are at it, the most gentle and soothing voice bring students to an awareness of their presence in the classroom and their current purpose. This process clears their mind of clutter and unnecessary thoughts that are not required in the process of learning. The first few tries will be challenging, they would distracted and playful – but over a few tries, students settle down and fall into a routine. This process would also serve as a trigger that would prep the student’s mind and body to learning as a pattern is already created. Their mind slowly becomes conditioned to the fact that after this activity the next process is learning. It is a slow progressing method but effective.
2. Creating Interest
It is unreasonable to expect self-control from small children, when adults regularly fail at it.
Activity – Let’s go back to the introduction of a new area of study. We start off by giving the child the title of the new topic. It’s during this phase they are already judging if the class is going to interest them or not. Here’s what you could do. Prep a series of questions that would have them thinking, analytical and logical questions that link to the previous lessons learned in their earlier years as a method of retrieving knowledge acquired. Now since you have their attention, they are also thinking and solving the puzzles that are in front of them. Concentration doesn’t necessarily mean that one has to sit still and focus with all his might on something. It could be interactive but with the assurance that concentrated quality, learning is taking place.
These ideas, if implemented not just in the field of learning but in performing other activities, give positive results. For parents who find it difficult to handle their kids in daily routine situations such as completing homework or performing simple tasks, creating a sense of awareness through mindfulness brings a sense of calm over the child. Let us remind you again that this is not easy to accomplish, but once you have, you are a true hero as this small act will transform your child into a more conscious and disciplined being.
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