- When she's working at the board, have your son come up with her sometimes to hand her the chalk, make the marks for her, point to the sentence so other kids don't lose their place when they're copying, underline the most important words she writes, etc. Of course she won't do this all the time, and she'll ask other kids to do this as well, but you can bet it'll be hard for him not to focus.
- When she's at the board, have two kids work with each other to make sure they are paying attention, and to have them do something interactive that's related to what's on the board. (Like solving a problem and raising their hands when they get it). This teaming for small tasks will help engage your son in a positive way and get his head out of the clouds.
- To get him to work faster, divide the task into four sections and use an egg timer on the desk (or the teacher's desk, if it distracts him too much). He'll be expected to get all of the items in one section done by the time the timer goes off. If he beats the clock (and doesn't sacrifice accuracy), he can get some bonus points.
Some kids are more excited by what's going on in their heads than by what's coming out of the teacher's mouth. Is the teacher at the board too much? (This is first grade, not freshman year). Is your little boy bored? Are there ways to make learning more engaging for him. Has anyone asked him how he'd like to learn something? His answers might surprise you.
If all these things are being done and he's still tuning out, ask for a series of observations by the school psychologist. Then meet with the people at the school to consider the possible causes of this behavior. (By the way, do you see these behaviors at home or other places?) If you do, then there's more of a pattern and this may point to ADD/ADHD.