Are you looking for ways to teach students to embrace tasks and learning experiences? If so, keep reading.
1. Show the student that work not done during work time must be done during other times (e.g., leisure time, break time, after school, etc.).
2. Give the student a responsibility to be performed at several times throughout the day.
3. Show tasks and duties in the most attractive and exciting manner possible.
4. Talk regularly with the student to maintain their involvement in tasks, duties, etc.
5. Make the appropriate adjustments in their surroundings to prevent the student from experiencing stress, frustration, anger, etc., as much as possible.
6. Let the student attempt something new in private before doing so in front of others.
7. Find variables in their surroundings that cause the student to avoid situations, tasks, or duties; lessen or remove these variables from their surroundings.
8. Diversify the student’s tasks and duties so the student does not get tired of doing the same things.
9. Restrict the number of tasks and duties for which the student is responsible. As the student shows the capacity and ability to finish duties on time, slowly increase the number of tasks and duties.
10. Make sure the student has all the appropriate learning materials to get tasks and duties done on time.
11. Do not accept excuses. The student must know that, regardless of the reasons, it is appropriate that they take responsibility for not turning in a task, losing pencils, etc.
12. Take into account those things the student may be trying to avoid. If something unpleasant is causing the student to pretend to be sick, do all you can to eliminate or lessen the cause.
13. Provide the student a special job for tasks (e.g., collecting math papers, passing out learning materials, sharpening pencils, etc.) to do when the student finishes their work.
14. Provide instructions in a compassionate rather than menacing manner (e.g., “Please turn in your math paper.” rather than, “You had better turn in your math paper or else!”).
15. Sit down with the student and discuss a list of tasks, duties, etc., that they need to do.
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.
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