21 Ways to Encourage Students Remain On Task
Are you looking for ways to help students remain on task? If so, keep reading.
1. Get the learner to organize tasks by dividing them into small segments. Establish deadlines and reward the learner after finishing each segment of the task.
2. Minimize the number of current tasks by adding new tasks when prior tasks have been finished.
3. Let the learner close the classroom door or windows to lessen auditory and visual distractions from outside the classroom.
4. Create a quiet area in the classroom where absolute silence must be observed.
6. Support the learner in writing an agreement for themselves, designating a time to finish a task and avoid procrastination.
7. Become proactive. Work with the school counselor to design a schedule conducive to the learner’s success (e.g., physical education scheduled the last period of the day, intersperse electives that allow greater freedom of movement with classes requiring expanded periods of concentration, etc.).
8. Make participation in extracurricular learning activities dependent upon the conclusion of class tasks.
9. Indicate what is to be done for the conclusion of the task (e.g., indicate definite starting and stopping points, indicate the minimum requirements, etc.).
10. Remove any peer from the immediate environment who may be interfering with the learner’s capacity and ability to remain on-task.
11. Get the learner to question any directions, explanations, and instructions not grasped.
12. Minimize the emphasis on competition. Repeated failure may cause the learner to remove themselves from competition by not remaining on-task.
14. Give learning activities that increase the chances for “active participation.”
15. Make sure only those learning materials appropriate for completing the task are on the learner’s desk (i.e., pencil, textbook, paper, etc.). Additional learning materials may distract the learner (e.g., crayons, library book, etc.).
16. Get the learner to take part in small group learning activities (e.g., free time, math, reading, etc.). As the learner shows success, slowly increase group size.
17. Place the learner’s seat so that they experience the least amount of auditory and visual distractions.
18. Assess the degree of task difficulty concerning the learner’s capacity and ability to successfully perform the task.
19. Assess the auditory and visual stimuli in the classroom to ascertain what level of stimuli the learner can respond to suitably.
20. Model for the learner appropriate behavior in the presence of auditory and visual stimuli in the classroom (e.g., continuing to work, asking for quiet, moving to a quieter part of the classroom, etc.).
21. Consider using assistive technology designed to help students to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder to concentrate. Click here to view list of assistive technology apps that we recommend.