So dd1 (11, 5th grade) is my quirky kid. She's had a lot of quirks since birth and at this point has some inattentive and anxiety behaviors. She's in a new school this year (public elementary after private school) and is doing very well except for in math. As background, DH and I both had a pretty easy time in school although he did have some test anxiety (didn't affect his performance, he excelled and was at the top of his class, but remembers it as hellish) and we're both fairly disorganized, but it doesn't interfere with our day to day living.
Unfortunately, dd1's anxiety tendencies and her disorganization and lack of focus do seem to be affecting her school performance in math this year. She's doing well in all her other classes, though, so it's not across the board and many other parents have expressed to me that they are not happy with this math teacher. However, I can't place all the blame on the teacher. I think dd1 is making some careless errors on tests and that kind of thing. 50% of the grade is based on test performance. We sit with her and check over her math homework every night and a lot of times have to keep her focused on her work as her attention will drift. Homework can drag out 5 times longer than it should.
She also has disorganization problems at home. Her room looks like a bomb went off in it right now and frequently can't find her shoes for school, etc, but we've implemented systems for that and can pick out clothes and gather shoes the night before, etc. I'd like to help her implement some kind of system for staying focused on school work, too.
I'd like to help her to organize her thoughts and her focus. I have thought about having her evaluated, but even if she got an ADHD diagnosis I wouldn't want her on meds, especially since it's just math that's causing a problem at school this year. Her homeroom/science teacher was really surprised she was having any trouble since she does so well in his classes (science and reading) and is also doing well in writing and social studies. It may be that with a different math teacher she would be doing better, but who knows what kind of math teacher she will have next year?!
So, any tips for teaching organization and focusing skills?