Zooming in on keeping kids focused

Learning from home means tons of distractions. Here are a few ways to help block out the noise.

Constant butt shifting. Eyes glazing over. A sudden uptick in requests for help.

Any of these could be a warning sign that your learning-from-home kids need to “recharge their attention batteries,” says Gregory Fabiano, a clinical child psychologist and professor at Florida International University.

Concentrating on lessons all day can be a challenge for students under the best of circumstances. But with COVID-19 cases still spiking around the country, many kids are now facing the possibility of an entire semester (or more) in front of a screen. As any adult managing a daily Zoom schedule knows all too well, that’s a tough situation to stay focused in.

Maintaining focus is even harder for kids because they don’t fully grasp the benefits of learning

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