Gwen - posted on 10/31/2008 ( 19 moms have responded )
My 10yo DS has always had focusing issues. But now in 5th grade it's relly a problem!! We were up 2 hours past bedtime because HE heard ' do a final draft of the outline you did last night' NOT 'do a final draft o a one page report based on your outline'. One of his scout friends cleared up the 'confusion' at scouts that night, but then when we got home to do it it took forever to actuall do!!
This is a long-running problem, homework takes forever because he can only work in short bursts, he gets in trouble at school for not paying attention, he frequently forgets to write down assignments, or writes them down wrong (which was the case Wed. night- he paraphrased what the teacher wrote on the board, then came home and did what he thought he meant when he wrote in his book).
They are apparently trying to premote responsibility, so he is responsible for doing things that last year the teacher helped him with. And studiing is a problem, too- he's never HAD to study before, but this year the work is harder and he's failing tests because noone is specifically telling him to take notes in class, to bring home books to study, that the chapter is almost finished so they will have a test soon, ect. I KNOW this is stuff he needs to be able to do on his own, but he isn't.
Pleeeeeease LMK if you all have any suggestions!!