When Your Child Is Bored in the Classroom
In order for your child to perform optimally in the classroom, your child must feel stimulated by or interested in the classroom instruction. If your child is bored in the classroom, you should view that as a harbinger of problems to come. To remedy this before the problems manifest, follow the steps below.
1. Assess why your child is bored in the classroom. Does he prefer a more experiential method of learning? Is the teacher monotone and detached? Does your child have a learning disability? Is your child academically gifted and not being sufficiently challenged in the classroom? (Note: this assessment may involve your speaking with your child, his teacher, his guidance counselor, and others.)
2. Once you have ascertained the reason why your child is bored in the classroom, you can then research your options for potential solutions. Can he be transferred to a different classroom in which the teacher teaches in a manner that is better suited for him? Can he receive assistance through a resource room, tutoring program, etc.? Can he be placed in advanced placement courses?
3. Before a potential solution is chosen from your list of options, visit with your child about which option(s) he prefers. Ensure that your communication with him is couched in terms of support of and confidence in him, rather than in criticism of him.
4. Choose and implement a potential solution that both you and your child support. Ensure that you communicate your choice and its implementation to all relevant parties (i.e., your child’s teacher and guidance counselor).
5. Monitor your child’s progress once the potential solution is in place.
6. If the potential solution resolves the classroom boredom, then you may celebrate your child’s success and monitor his progress to ensure continued success throughout his academic career. If the potential solution does not resolve the classroom boredom, then you must go back to step #1 and begin again. Perhaps there was more than one cause of the boredom and one cause has been overlooked. Perhaps the potential solution was only a partial solution.
By proceeding as indicated above, you can help cure your child of classroom boredom and avoid the problems borne of classroom boredom.