Teachers report that the most frustrating behavior they have to deal with is disrespect. This is when students are interrupting others, shouting out answers, or talking back to adults. Disrespectful students cause more interruptions, and forces the teacher to put lesson plans on hold to deal with them. Nearly half of the teachers say they spend more time controlling their classroom then teaching. This brings us to tip #38.
Tip#38: Make sure your child has acceptable behavior at school.
Teach your child that paying attention and being respectful is expected behavior. Teach your child that sitting up straight, making eye contact with the teacher, folding hand hands while listening, and not daydreaming will increase their concentration. Set example for your child by being a good listener yourself. Maintain eye contact as you speck to your child, show interest in what your child is saying, and do not interrupt the child when they are speaking.
According to Stacy DeBroff, author of "The Mom Book Goes To School", you can increase your child's concentration skills by playing games:
1. Ask your child to recite as many colors, states, songs, animals, pop singers, or football players, as possible in 30 seconds.
2. Have your child describe what he smell when you are cooking, what he sees on the way to school, and what instruments are in songs on the radio.
3. Play the take-away at the dinner table. Everyone close their eyes except one person, who removes an object form the table. Then the others open their eyes and guess what is missing.
4. Practice listening skills by making up stories together in the car. Take turns adding one sentence at a time, and see how long you can make the story.
5. Work on classroom manners by playing school at home. Play the badly behaved student, waving your hands in the air to be called on and shouting out answers, as a way to comically get the point across.