17 Strategies to Help Learners Who Have Excessive Unexcused Tardiness

Are you looking for strategies to help students who have excessive unexcused tardies? If so, keep reading.

1. Give the student a schedule of daily activities so they will know that learning activities to attend and at what times.

2. Make sure that the student’s daily schedule follows an established routine (schedule).

3. Restrict the number of interruptions in the student’s schedule.

4. Make sure the student has sufficient time to get to a learning experience.

5. Make sure that the student knows how to get from one learning experience to another.

6. Utilize a timer to help the student get to learning activities at specific times.

7. Provide the student a responsibility to be performed at the beginning of each day or each class (e.g., feeding the classroom pet, helping to get the classroom ready for the day, etc.).

8. Give the student oral signals when it is time to change learning activities (e.g., “It is time for the red group to have reading.” “Now it is time for the red group to put away learning materials and move to the next learning experience.” etc.).

9. Ascertain why the student is not arriving at learning activities at a specific time.

10. Ask the student the reason for not arriving at learning activities at a specific time. The student may have the most accurate perception as to why they are absent/tardy.

11. Assist the student in understanding that it is permissible to leave work unfinished and return to it at a later time.

12. Ascertain if there are aspects of learning activities that the student dislikes. Remove, lessen, or modify the unpleasant aspects of learning activities to urge the student to be on time for and participate in learning activities.

13. Make the student responsible for time missed (e.g., if the student misses five minutes of a learning experience, they must make up the time during recess, lunch, or other desired learning activities ).

14. Consider using a classroom management app. Click here to view a list of apps that we recommend.

15. Consider using an adaptive behavior management app. Click here to view a list of apps that we recommend.

16. Consider using Alexa to help the student learn to behave appropriately. Click here to read an article that we wrote on the subject.

17. Click here to learn about six bonus strategies for challenging problem behaviors and mastering classroom management.

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