16 Strategies to Help Students Who Try to Avoid Tasks and Learning Experiences
Are you looking for strategies to help students who try to avoid learning experiences ? If so, keep reading.
1. Select a peer to model appropriate participation, performance of tasks, or acceptance of duties for the learner.
2. Get the learner to question any directions, explanations, or instructions not grasped.
3. Provide the learner tasks and duties they will enjoy performing (e.g., teacher assistant, line leading, chores in the classroom, etc.). As the learner shows success, slowly introduce less desirable tasks and duties.
5. Make sure the learner knows that leaving the classroom may only be done at regularly scheduled intervals (e.g., during recess, break time, lunch, class changes, etc.).
6. Give the learner many chances for academic and social success.
7. Assess the appropriateness of the social setting concerning the learner’s capacity and ability to function successfully (i.e., do not place the learner with peers who are menacing to him/her).
8. Plan alternative learning activities for the learner to perform or take part in if they have difficulty performing designated learning activities. As the learner shows success, slowly remove the alternative learning activities.
9. Let the learner leave the classroom to get learning materials from their locker, use the restroom, go to the nurse’s office, go to the counselor’s office, etc., after tasks are finished or duties are performed.
10. Give the learner positive feedback that indicates they are successful, competent, essential, valuable, etc.
12. Make sure that reinforcement is not provided for complaints of physical discomfort (e.g., allowing the learner to leave the room, avoid tasks, leave school, etc.).
13. Request learner input in planning the curriculum, extracurricular learning activities, etc.
15. Give the learner a selection of tasks and require the learner to select a minimum number from the total amount (e.g., present the learner with 10 academic tasks from which 6 must be finished each day).
16. Consider using one of the apps and tools from our many app lists. These apps are designed to help students who are experiencing academic difficulties.