Are you looking for strategies to help students who try to avoid learning experiences ? If so, keep reading.
1. Select a peer to model appropriate participation, performance of tasks, or acceptance of duties for the student.
2. Get the student to question any directions, explanations, or instructions not grasped.
3. Provide the student tasks and duties they will enjoy performing (e.g., teacher assistant, line leading, chores in the classroom, etc.). As the student shows success, slowly introduce less desirable tasks and duties.
5. Make sure the student knows that leaving the classroom may only be done at regularly scheduled intervals (e.g., during recess, break time, lunch, class changes, etc.).
6. Give the student many chances for academic and social success.
7. Assess the appropriateness of the social setting concerning the student’s capacity and ability to function successfully (i.e., do not place the student with peers who are menacing to him/her).
8. Plan alternative learning activities for the student to perform or take part in if they have difficulty performing designated learning activities. As the student shows success, slowly remove the alternative learning activities.
9. Let the student leave the classroom to get learning materials from their locker, use the restroom, go to the nurse’s office, go to the counselor’s office, etc., after tasks are finished or duties are performed.
10. Give the student positive feedback that indicates they are successful, competent, essential, valuable, etc.
12. Make sure that reinforcement is not provided for complaints of physical discomfort (e.g., allowing the student to leave the room, avoid tasks, leave school, etc.).
13. Request student input in planning the curriculum, extracurricular learning activities, etc.
15. Give the student a selection of tasks and require the student to select a minimum number from the total amount (e.g., present the student with 10 academic tasks from which 6 must be finished each day).
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.