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Joenali, MrsH&2010, kinmir30, Bettylou79

Hi guys.  Thanks for replying to my post below for early elem teachers!

I am hoping to get some ideas on ways that I can increase the focus of my son in school.  I am always being told how bright and smart he is, and I know that's true, but I will get tests back from school where he has obviously not read the directions or something and he will have the wrong answer.  Example:  he missed an entire section of a test that was _______ number _______ and he was supposed to count by 2s the number before and after.  He is more than capable of doing that - no struggles in math whatsoever, but he counted by 1s, instead and got them ALL wrong.  It's so frustrating and I'm afraid that he's going to get discouraged by his grades and then not feel like trying his best is worth it.  

So, I'm wondering if anyone has any advice or ways that he can practice his focus.  

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Re: Joenali, MrsH&2010, kinmir30, Bettylou79

  • I read the math problems to my first graders, it's not a reading test. Is the teacher reading the test to the kids?
  • I'm with Joenali.  I read the test to my 3rd graders and we go over it with our correcting pens (red pens) and underline important parts and make notes to ourselves.  Then we take the test with pencil. 

    From what it sounds like he just needs to slow down and read the directions first.  I also tell my students to act like they are taking the tests again and look at their answers.  It doesn't matter who finishes first. Is he rushing or just not reading carefully?   You can also teach these skills at home.  When you do homework together start with having him read you the directions.  

    My students are fining out how important it is to read the whole question, especially multiple step questions.  They have to make sure that they answer the whole question.  

    Good luck!  Feel free to ask more questions!

  • image Bettylou79:

    I'm with Joenali.  I read the test to my 3rd graders and we go over it with our correcting pens (red pens) and underline important parts and make notes to ourselves.  Then we take the test with pencil. 

    From what it sounds like he just needs to slow down and read the directions first.  I also tell my students to act like they are taking the tests again and look at their answers.  It doesn't matter who finishes first. Is he rushing or just not reading carefully?   You can also teach these skills at home.  When you do homework together start with having him read you the directions.  

    My students are fining out how important it is to read the whole question, especially multiple step questions.  They have to make sure that they answer the whole question.  

    Good luck!  Feel free to ask more questions!

    Yes! Even my top math kiddos are not allowed to go ahead on a test. I want to make sure they know what they need to do for each problem. I tried letting them go ahead once and they got problems wrong that should have been correct had they read the directions.

    It may be tedious to read a problem and wait until everyone is done, but like I said, it's not a reading test it's a math test and I want them to do well!

  • image Bettylou79:

    I'm with Joenali.  I read the test to my 3rd graders and we go over it with our correcting pens (red pens) and underline important parts and make notes to ourselves.  Then we take the test with pencil. 

    From what it sounds like he just needs to slow down and read the directions first.  I also tell my students to act like they are taking the tests again and look at their answers.  It doesn't matter who finishes first. Is he rushing or just not reading carefully?   You can also teach these skills at home.  When you do homework together start with having him read you the directions.  

    My students are fining out how important it is to read the whole question, especially multiple step questions.  They have to make sure that they answer the whole question.  

    Good luck!  Feel free to ask more questions!

     I agree with bettylou.

    As far as things to do at home, yes, have him read the directions to you out loud.

    Also, if you let him do it on his own and he gets a problem wrong because he didn't read the directions, go over it with him. Say "I think you might have missed something in the directions, do you know what it is?." Then let him try the problem again.

    I might even go over the questions and help him find the important parts and underline them like bettylou said. I think that is really helpful especially as he gets older and gets into story problems and different operations.

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