In no particular order here are 20 reasons why kids don’t pay attention:
- Perhaps the work is too hard.
- There may be are far too many worksheets – perhaps the kid has worksheet burnout.
- Maybe the kid is asked to write when he has little capacity to even write a sentence.
- Perhaps his reading skills are weak.
- Some might be spatial thinkers (Lego Kids) and their language system isn’t well tuned while there is a whole lot of talking to sort out in the classroom.
- Maybe he is one of those “all boy” types (yes, they exist) and the curriculum isn’t matching their interests.
- There may be a lot of distraction in the atmosphere.
- For many kids, it’s just a long day – their batteries run down.
- Maybe they have become a bit too wired to “screens.”
- Perhaps the work is boring – for some kids it may be fine, for others it’s not
- Perhaps the kid is just one of those variable types – significant highs and lows in the profile that lead to inattention.
- Maybe the kid is the the worrying type.
- Perhaps he has bad sleeping habits.
- It could be that there is stuff going on in the family.
- Perhaps he is not understanding what he read and the content is not connecting with him.
- Perhaps he really hates math (especially all of the word problems that they have to sort through).
- It could be that some of the other kids have been mean and have made some unkind comments.
- Perhaps the teacher is on the boring side.
- It might be that the kid is day dreaming about all kinds of things other than the task in front of him – it’s kind of human nature to do that.
- Maybe he doesn’t follow directions too well – it’s just not one of his top strengths.
Oh, yeah. I almost forgot. Maybe the kid has ADD/ADHD.
Too bad, though, we often jump to that conclusion all too quickly before considering all kinds of other factors like in the above list.
Take Away Point
There’s a lot going on inside and outside a kid’s head.
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