Are you looking for hacks to encourage students who embrace tasks and learning experiences? If so, keep reading.
1. Support the student in performing duties. As the student shows success, slowly require them to independently assume more responsibility.
2. Plan the student’s work and duties around highly enjoyable learning activities (e.g., the student may go to recess after the math assignment is finished).
3. Go with the student or have someone else escort the student to those activities they may be trying to avoid. As the student shows success, slowly decrease the duration of time you or someone else stays with the student.
4. Make positive remarks about school and the importance of school.
5. Praise those students in the classroom who are participating, performing tasks, or taking duties.
6. Assess the appropriateness of the task to determine (a) if the task is too complicated and (b) if the duration of time scheduled to finish the task is sufficient.
7. Connect with parents, agencies, or appropriate parties to tell them about the problem, identify the cause of the problem, and discuss potential solutions to the problem.
8. Connect with parents (e.g., notes home, phone calls, etc.) to disseminate information about the student’s progress. The parents may reinforce the student at home for appropriate behavior at school.
9. Draft an agreement with the student stipulating what behavior is required (e.g., participating, performing tasks, or taking duties) and which reinforcement will be implemented when the agreement has been met.
10. Praise the student for participating, performing tasks, or taking duties based on the duration of time the student can be successful. As the student shows success, slowly increase the duration of time required for reinforcement.
11. Establish a time each day for everyone in the classroom to care for belongings.
12. Converse with the student to explain (a) what they are doing wrong (e.g., complaining, asking to leave the room, etc.) and (b) what they must be doing (e.g., reporting legitimate discomfort or needs).
13. Create classroom rules: • Complete every assignment. • Complete assignments quietly. • Remain in your seat. • Finish tasks. • Meet task expectations. Examine rules often. Praise students for following the rules.
14. Ascertain if physical discomfort is being used as an excuse to avoid situations and is not the result of a medical problem, neglect, or abuse.
15. Praise the student for participating, performing tasks, or taking duties: (a) give the student a concrete reward (e.g., privileges such as leading the line, handing out learning materials, 10 minutes of free time, etc.) or (b) give the student an informal reward (e.g., praise, handshake, smile, etc.).
16. Consider using one of the apps and tools from our many app lists. These apps are designed to help students who are experiencing academic difficulties.