21 Simple Ways to Support Kids Who Do Not Complete Classroom Tasks

Are you looking for ways to support kids who do not complete classroom tasks? If so, keep reading.

1. Let the student have the option of performing the task at another time (e.g., earlier in the day, later, on another day, or at home).

2. Provide instructions in an assortment of ways to enable the student’s comprehension (e.g., if the student fails to understand oral instructions, present them in written form).

3. Reward the student for concentrating on a task for a specific duration of time (e.g., smile, oral praise, a note acknowledging their effort, etc.).

4. Minimize the amount of information on a page (e.g., less print to read, fewer problems, isolate information that is presented to the student, etc.) if it is visually distracting for the student.

5. Minimize emphasis on academic and social competition. Fear of failure may cause the student to not want to finish tasks during the time given.

6. Praise the student for the steps of beginning, working on, and finishing each individual task during the time given.

7. Give the student the chance to perform tasks/learning activities in an assortment of ways.

8. Get the student to time tasks to monitor their own behavior and accept time limits.

9. Provide consistency in the tasks to be finished within the time given.

10. Stop the student from becoming overstimulated by a learning experience (e.g., frustrated, angry, excited, etc.).

11. Get the student to find a peer who has the capacity and ability to finish work tasks. Train the student to observe that person and try to model the behaviors that let them finish tasks.

12. Give the student access to pencils, pens, etc., only after instructions have been given.

13. Urge the parents to make positive remarks about school and the importance of finishing classwork.

14. Give the student a schedule of learning activities so that they know what and how much there is to do in a given period.

15. Give the student a selection of tasks and require them to select a minimum number from the total (e.g., present the student with 10 academic tasks from which 6 must be finished that day).

16. Ask the student why they are not finishing tasks in the time given. The student may have the most accurate perception as to why they are not finishing the required tasks during the time given.

17. Give the student more decision-making chances relative to class learning activities and tasks.

18. Give the student increased chances for help or assistance on academic tasks (e.g., peer tutoring, instructions for work sent home, frequent interactions, etc.).

19. Assess the visual and auditory stimuli in the classroom. Ascertain the number of stimuli the student can tolerate. Remove the unnecessary stimuli from their surroundings.

20. Draft an agreement with the student stipulating what behavior is required (e.g., finishing tasks or tasks during the time given) and which reinforcement will be implemented when the agreement has been met.

21. Consider using an education app to help the student sharpen their organizational skills. Click here to view a list of apps that we recommend.

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