21 Techniques for Teaching Learners to Be Prepared for Learning Experiences

Are you looking for techniques for teaching students to be prepared for learning experiences? If so, keep reading.

1. Give the student oral reminders of learning materials required for each learning experience.

2. Praise those students in the classroom who are prepared for designated learning activities.

3. Give time at school for homework completion when the student cannot be successful in performing tasks at home.

4. Minimize the number/length of tasks. As the student shows success, slowly increase the number/length of tasks.

5. Give time each day for the student to organize their learning materials (e.g., before school, break time, at lunch, at the end of the day, etc.).

6. Repeat instructions to increase the student’s likelihood of comprehension.

7. Complete a few problems of the school task with the student to serve as a model and start the student on the task.

8 Converse with the student to explain (a) what they are doing wrong (e.g., not turning in tasks) and (b) what they must be doing (e.g., finishing homework/school tasks and returning them to school).

9. Daily, examine, those skills, ideas, tasks, etc., that have been previously presented.

10. Send home explanations each day so the student’s parents may help their child with their school tasks if appropriate.

11. Draft an agreement with the student stipulating what behavior is required (e.g., studying for tests or exams) and which reinforcement will be implemented when the agreement has been met.

12. Send homework tasks and learning materials home with someone other than the student (e.g., brother, sister, neighbor, etc.).

13. Establish time at the end of the day for the student to finish unfinished tasks.

14. Establish a homework system for the student (e.g., two days a week, work with drill flash cards; three days a week, work on bookwork sent home, etc.). This will add some assortment to homework.

15. Send home only one homework task at a time. As the student shows success finishing tasks at home, slowly increase the number of homework tasks sent home.

16. Praise the student for being prepared for designated learning activities based on the number of times they can be successful. As the student shows success, slowly increase the number of times required for reinforcement.

17. Take proactive steps to deal with a student’s refusal to perform a school task to prevent contagion in the classroom (e.g., refrain from arguing with the student, place the student at a table or other quiet space to work, remove the student from the group or classroom, etc.).

18. Teach the student time-management skills. Get the student to make a daily plan and follow it. Urge the student to avoid becoming distracted by activities, impulses, and moods.

19. Praise the student for being prepared for designated learning activities : (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.).

20. Indicate what is to be done for the conclusion of tasks.

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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