Children typically have shorter attention spans than adults. Lack of focus in the classroom is a persistent problem rather than a passing one. We all occasionally lose interest, attention, and concentration in class, but for some students, this is a serious problem and an obstacle to learning. Figuring out the cause and what we can do to support and assist these students.
Common causes for lack of concentration and focus
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a typical developmental anomaly that affects the regions of the brain that regulate attention, impulses, and concentration. Short attention span, restlessness, continuous fidgeting, and impulsivity are typical symptoms.
Students with the syndrome are unable to block out their surroundings, which results in a lack of focus. It can happen to anyone, regardless of academic prowess, and is typical of those who struggle with learning.
- Lack of sleep – we all know sleep is crucial to our capacity to concentrate and while the amount of sleep a student need varies, not having enough of it slows down the brain processes. Complex thinking-intensive assignments are challenging for students to complete. Working memory, which is crucial for helping you focus and concentrate on activities, is also impacted by insufficient sleep.
- Stress – this can impact students of any age, but it’s typically controllable. When it develops into a chronic and ongoing problem, though, it starts to have a detrimental impact. It might be challenging to focus when dealing with daily anxieties and concerns. Often, we don’t even realise it until it fully overwhelms us and begins to interfere with our ability to focus and concentrate. So it makes sense to make an effort to pinpoint the root causes of stress and aid in the creation of coping mechanisms.
- Emotional/psychological issues can range from physical limitations to learning differences like ADHD, dyslexia, or anxiety disorders to bipolar illness, depression, and other conditions. These may have a detrimental effect on concentration.
- Environment – this may have an impact on attention and focus. By considering temperature, lighting, and noise levels as well as avoiding cluttered walls with an excessive number of notes and posters, we may create a welcoming environment in the classroom for all students.
- Other issues can include hunger and dehydration, particularly with younger students.
- The materials and tasks you assign your pupils may be challenging for them to complete, which might cause them to lose interest and concentration. Discover what works and what doesn’t, keeping in mind that each class is unique and that what may work with one group may not work with another. Construct your lesson plan and instructional strategy accordingly.