10 tips to help students successfully complete their homework
Windowofworld.com – As a teacher of students with learning disabilities, I find that one of the hardest things for many of my students is understanding and completing homework assignments. Here are 10 tips to help students successfully complete their homework for you:
1) Make sure your students and their parents understand the homework policy.
2) Assigning work that students can do. If your student has a learning disability in written language it is likely that you will not get the 10 page written report you provide. Perhaps he or she can record information or present it in a different way, such as through the use of pictures or plays.
3) Make sure students understand the assignment and have written it correctly. That may mean that you should spend a little extra time with the student to show him examples of what you want and to answer any questions he may have. Often times, this involves an element of trust, especially as the child gets older. She should be able to come to you and know that she will get help, not rejection.
4) Don’t overwhelm students with homework. Remember, these students take longer to complete assignments. So, it might be a good idea to cut the number of multiplication problems you are assigned to in half. Or, maybe you will cut back on the amount of reading you want him to do in his reading book for the evening.
5) Connect new learning and homework to real life. If the child understands how he can use this information in his life, it means more to him and he will learn it more easily.
6) Have the student start homework in class so you can check if he did it right before he comes home.
7) Remind students about the deadline periodically. They may have written it down, but many students with learning disabilities have problems with organizing and may not have it as a current assignment.
8) Allow students to do homework together. This can help children get reinforced information from their peers, and also help improve social skills.
9) Establish a routine at the beginning of the year about homework assignments. Be consistent and fair in strengthening the routine.
10) Allow the student to tell you at the beginning of class if he or she is unable to complete the assignment. There are valid reasons for not completing a task. Maybe students just need more reinforcement in that skill.
Ensuring that students can understand and complete assignments goes a long way in increasing their self-esteem. He felt good because;
1) he is able to complete tasks, like other children do,
2) he knows he has pleased his teacher,
3) she has been pleasing herself, and
4) he has more information in his brain.
Increased self-esteem will encourage her to take risks by finding new answers and contributing to class discussions. And it will earn him more respect from his peers, as well as from himself.
He will be a happy and successful student. For a more detailed discussion of learning disabilities, please visit us at www.ldperspectives.com.