Friday, October 22, 2010

Staying Focused in Class

What do you do when someone in the classroom distracts you? Write a friendly letter to your teacher! E-mail or hand deliver it! If you need help, ask your grownup at home. The letter could look something like this:

Dear Teacher, (be sure to get the proper name spelling)

I’m having trouble doing my best work because I’m distracted by (insert classmate’s name here). I need your help. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you for your time.


(Your name)

Try to work with your teacher to develop strategies for success such as:

• Ignore the distracting person. Quite often they are looking for attention.

• Move away—politely ask the teacher if you could work at another table or move your desk.

• Put up a barrier of some sort. Some classrooms have portable cardboard that students put on their desks for privacy during a test and to help them focus.

It’s not easy to concentrate and get your work done when your classmates are off task. Asking for help and learning responsibility for your behavior is a first step.

What if the teacher doesn’t respond to your call for help? Then you can ask your grownup at home for more help.

Your education is important. Getting along with others is important, too, including your boss, the teacher.