21 Ways to Support Learners Who Do Not Complete Classroom Tasks

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

1. Praise the student for finishing tasks during the time given based on the duration of time, the student can be successful (e.g., every 5 minutes, I0 minutes, etc.). As the student shows success, slowly increase the duration of time required for reinforcement.

2. Plan essential learning activities /tasks/meetings at times when the student is most likely to keep attention (e.g., one hour after medication, 45 minutes after lunch, first thing in the morning, etc.).

3. Get the student to keep a chart/graph representing the number of class tasks finished.

4. Get the student to create a chart to follow that will let them finish all tasks.

5. Get the student and a peer who has the same task do their classwork together.

6. Praise those students in the classroom who finish tasks during the time given.

7. Establish time limits for finishing classroom tasks so that the student knows how long they have to work and when to be finished. Urge the student to be aware of time constraints when working on projects.

8. Allow some free time between classwork tasks if the student appears to need a break.

9. Assess the degree of task difficulty to ascertain whether the student will require additional information, time, assistance, etc., before starting a task.

10. Assess the degree of task difficulty in comparison with the student’s capacity and ability to perform the task.

11. Get the student to question any directions, explanations, and instructions they do not understand.

12. Create classroom rules: • Remain on-task. • Complete assignments quietly. • Remain in your seat. • Finish tasks. • Meet task requirements. Examine rules often. Praise students for following the rules.

13. Get the student to repeat the instructions orally to the teacher.

14. Make the student begin each task within a specific duration of time (e.g., three minutes, five minutes, etc.).

15. Talk with the student to explain (a) what they are doing wrong (e.g., not finishing tasks) and (b) what they must be doing (e.g., finishing tasks during class).

16. Give the student structure for all academic learning activities (e.g., specific instructions, routine (schedule) format for tasks, time limits, etc.).

17. Make it pleasant and positive for the student to ask questions about things they do not understand. Praise the student by assisting, congratulating, etc.

18. Urge the student to ask for clarification of instructions for classroom tasks.

19. Give alternatives to the traditional format of instructions (e.g., record instructions, summarize instructions, peers give instructions, etc.).

20. Minimize the number of instructions in each step (e.g., give the student each additional step after the conclusion of the prior action).

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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