Family Matters: Recalling the spirit of Billy, and wishing goodwill to all

Dr. Larry Larsen

Dear Doctor,

We have a middle school boy. He is intelligent but complains about being bored. He loses attention in one class in particular, and I will not mention the subject. He says it is boring. I would like to help him with support at home. Any things you can share about attention would help.

— Ma

Dear Ma,

Bless you and be careful at the same time.

You and your son have a special and different relationship. If you are able to be creative and patient, your plan may succeed. Here are a few thoughts.

The brain becomes distracted and thus bored after about ten minutes. A good teacher, and that includes you, needs to change the pace. This goes for students of any age. Droning on or giving out a sheet of rote goodies will quickly resemble the scene from Ferris Bueller where the boring history teacher keeps asking for a response and gets none.

Emotions are connected with learning. If a student becomes engaged, it is priceless in aiding memory. This is important for the teacher, but it helps if the subject can be attached to some emotion. For example, imagine the fear that surrounded the soldiers at Valley Forge! Now getting emotional over finding “x” in algebra is admittedly tough, but the subject can be spiced up with humor and instructor excitement and mystery.

Use all the senses but only one at a time. Let your son hear it, see it, and experience it in a hands on way, never all at once. We learn best through multi-modal presentation.

Keep it simple. Give the over-all picture or the “why” before the details and complexities. Try to think like the person listening to you and what he requires to understand.

There are many more techniques. Become your own expert and see what works. If your son resists, maybe rethink your plan. Good luck.

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