Q:

My son has some very noisy children in his classroom who are hurting his ability to learn. What can be done to improve his learning environment? - Displeased

A:

We suggest that you investigate this situation by visiting your son's classroom. You must stay several hours to get a good idea of the noise level. Today, many children are used to working with background noise like music, television or conversation; however, your son might be more sensitive to noise.

By thoroughly exploring the situation, you'll be able to determine whether your son is bothered in the classroom by disruptive students or by having to work in a noisy place that affects his concentration. Then you need to talk to his teacher. Ways to minimize the effect of a noisy room or disruptive students include letting the affected student use a study carrel or sit in the front of the classroom.