21 Ways to Teach Kids to Take Pride in Their Schoolwork
Are you looking for ways to teach kids to take pride in their work? If so, keep reading.
1. Observe the first problem or part of the task to make sure the learner knows what is expected.
2. Teach the learner procedures for improving accuracy and quality of work (e.g., listen to instructions, make sure instructions are grasped, work at an acceptable pace, check for errors, correct for neatness, copy the work over, etc.).
4. Slowly lessen the space between lines as the learner’s handwriting improves.
5. Let/require the learner to make corrections after tasks have been reviewed the first time.
7. Get the learner to trace handwriting models and fade the model as the learner develops the skill.
8. Get the learner to record the number of times their handwriting is acceptable during a given week.
9. Give the learner samples of work that may serve as models for acceptable levels of accuracy and quality (e.g., the learner is to match the quality of the sample before turning in the task).
10. Complete the first few problems of a task with the learner to make sure that they know what to do, how to finish the task, etc.
11. Give a wide assortment of handwriting chances for the learner to practice handwriting skills (e.g., writing letters to sports and entertainment figures, relatives, friends; writing for free information on a topic in which the learner is interested, etc.).
12. Give the learner ample chance to master handwriting skills (e.g., instruction in letter positioning, direction, spacing, etc.).
13. Get the learner to read/go over schoolwork with the teacher so the learner can become aware of the quality of their work.
14. Build varying degrees of difficulty into tasks to enable the learner’s self-confidence and at the same time give a challenge (e.g., easier problems are intermingled with problems designed to measure knowledge gained).
15. Create levels of expectations for quality handwriting performance and require the learner to correct or repeat tasks until the expectations are met.
16. Let the learner perform schoolwork in a quiet space (e.g., study carrel, library, resource room, etc.) to lessen distractions.
18. Observe the learner while they are performing schoolwork to monitor accuracy and quality.
19. Give the learner clearly stated step-by-step instructions for homework so someone at home may be able to assist.
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.