Attention Span... Those two words have been hounding me this school year as I've struggled with how to teach one particularly bright but scattered student. With more energy in his little pinky than I have in my entire body, my third grade guy has been running circles around me and avoiding seat work as if it were the plague. He is naturally gifted with intelligence and will regularly sit for an hour or two with advanced reading material. Put a vocabulary list in front of him or ask him to follow short written directions? Truly, you'd think the kid was being beaten. Can anyone relate?
His older siblings were not challenging in this way. This is new territory for me and I began a few months ago to try and tackle the problem; not of teaching this child his core curriculum (although that's important), but of teaching him to pay attention and to embrace the process as his own. I began to pray and think about how to address these needs and came up with some concrete answers.
These solutions came through changes in our daily activities, changes in my teaching approach and also the addition of some excellent resources from the The Critical Thinking Co
I have seen some dramatic changes in my little whirlwind. You can read more about our steps to success at our homeschool blog