I sent my son's teacher an email yesterday asking how he been doing with listening and paying attention in class. Below is what she had to say...
- needs 5 - 10 reminders not to run, wonder, stay focused, put things away that should not be out, listen and pay attention and participate during math instead of reading a book or playing with things at his desk and wondering to the sink.
- said she gives him challenges everyday to keep him interested and on his toes. said it doesn't always make a difference.
This is all she said. Should I be alarmed or is this normal behavior for an 8 year old? He is my first child so I have no idea.
She did not seem worried or frustrated. The only reason I asked is because it was marked on a report at the beginning of the year. Then at conference she hardly even mentioned it. Then on recent report mentioned that his listening was improving, So I just wanted to check in again and see how he was doing.
Honestly, I think that reminding a child 5-10 times to do anything is a lot and is a problem that needs to be worked on. I would set up a face to face meeting to see what you both can do to work on his attention skills.
I agree with pp about setting up a meeting with the teacher. Honestly, when I read the first part, I assumed he was in Kindergarten. 8 is old enough to follow directions, focus on a task and not wander around.
I agree that you should probably set up a face to face appointment. Ask her to explain what she's seeing and work together to find ways to help him with his focus or find out what it is that is constantly distracting him. I'd also sit down and talk with your son about it.