21 Ways to Teach Students to Complete Classroom Tasks

Are you looking for ways to teach students to complete classroom tasks? If so, keep reading.

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

2. Talk regularly with the learner to help them follow instructions for the tasks.

3. Tell the learner, when they do not finish a task correctly, what they are doing wrong, what they are supposed to be doing, and why.

4. Get the learner to ask for help when they need it.

5. Get the learner to schedule their own time for tasks (e.g., 20 minutes for each of 3 tasks, 15 minutes for each of 4 tasks, etc.) to pace themselves.

6. Urge the learner to manage their everyday lives as if they were self-employed. This should increase their motivation to finish tasks successfully.

7. Support the learner in performing their classwork. As the learner shows success, slowly decrease the assistance, and require the learner to independently assume more responsibility.

8. Talk regularly with the learner to continue involvement with class tasks (e.g., ask the learner questions, ask the learner’s opinion, stand near the learner, seat the learner near the teacher’s desk, etc.).

9. Give simple, concrete, clearly stated instructions in written or oral form.

10. Show the task in the most attractive and exciting manner possible.

11. Get the learner to finish tasks in a private space (e.g., table, “office,” quiet study area, etc.) to lessen the anxiety of public failure.

12. Repeat instructions to increase the likelihood of the learner’s comprehension.

13. Manage tasks by dividing them into small segments. Establish deadlines and reward the learner after finishing each segment of the task.

14. Do not require the learner to learn more information than they are capable of learning at any time.

15. Make sure that the learner is paying attention to the teacher when instructions are given (e.g., making eye contact, hands free of writing learning materials, looking at task, etc.).

16. Inform the learner when it is time to do classwork.

17. Take into account the learner’s capacity and ability level and experience before assigning tasks to him/her.

18. Give the learner high-quality content to finish the task (e.g., pencil with eraser, paper, dictionary, handwriting sample, etc.). Make sure that the learner has only the appropriate content on their desk.

19. Finish the first few steps of a task with the learner to serve as a model and start the learner on the task.

20. Assess the clarity and quality of directions, explanations, and instructions given to the learner.

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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