21 Ways to Teach Students to Use Learning Materials Appropriately

Are you looking for ways to teach students to use learning materials appropriately ? If so, keep reading.

1. Restrict the learner’s use of school-related learning materials (e.g., give only appropriate school-related learning materials to the learner).

2. Embody organization and appropriate use of school-related learning materials (e.g., putting learning materials away before getting out other learning materials, having a space for all learning materials, keeping an organized desk area, following the daily schedule, etc.).

3. Give sufficient transition time between learning activities for the learner to organize themselves.

4. Create a routine (schedule) to be followed for organization and appropriate use of school-related learning materials.

5. Give sufficient time for the conclusion of learning activities.

6. Make the learner organize their work area at regular intervals. It is recommended that this be done at least three times per day or more often if appropriate.

7. Observe the learner while they are performing schoolwork to monitor quality.

8. Let logical consequences happen because of the learner’s failure to organize or use school-related learning materials properly (e.g., learning materials not maintained properly may be lost or not usable).

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

10. Support the learner in beginning each task to lessen impulsive behavior.

11. Give the learner structure for all academic learning activities (e.g., specific instructions; routine (schedule) format for tasks, time units, etc.).

12. Provide the learner a checklist of school-related learning materials appropriate for each learning experience.

13. Limit the amount of school-related learning materials needed.

14. Give the learner an organizer to be used inside the learner’s desk for school-related learning materials.

15. Give the learner a checklist (e.g., routine/schedule of learning activities and steps to follow).

16. Teach the learner appropriate care of school-related learning materials (e.g., sharpening pencils, keeping books free of marks and tears, etc.).

17. Make sure that all the learner’s school-related learning materials are tagged with their name.

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

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

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

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

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