You can learn to concentrate

The daydreamers, the Jack-in-the-boxes and children who prefer to sit upside down in their seats: how do you keep them focused?

  1. Place in the classroom

    Some children are 'stimulus seekers' and perform better in a space where there is much to see and experience. The trick is to figure out who should sit where in class. Sit in different places yourself, so that you see what a child sees and hears.

  2. Movement

    Go for exercise! Do regularly energizers and include movement in the curriculum. Have a look at the facebook page Thursday: great tips for moving education.

  3. Challenge

    Motivated children can concentrate better. Address your student at a level that is just out of reach of what he can do on his own. That creates a challenge.

  4. timer

    A hour timer that keeps track of time works well to maintain concentration when working independently. They are also available in a mini version for individual students, so that you can make concrete agreements with a student.

  5. Predictability

    Pupils benefit from predictability: in the structure of the lessons and the steps they are going to take. They also like to know how long they have to stay focused.

  6. Unexpected lessons

    Sometimes you just have to do something completely unexpected. Math lesson? That is also possible in the gym. Language? Have students write on the square with sidewalk chalk.

  7. Materials

    Provide children who need them with materials, such as a seat cushion or stress ball. An occupational therapist can advise on this.

  8. Conversation with parents

    Despite all the tips, does concentration remain a problem? Then there may be something else going on. Talk to parents about it and advise them to see their doctor.