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Getting students to turn in work in allotted time?

Jan 27, 2013 11:13am

I have two students who consistently do not complete their assignments. One who is very bright, but is not interested in finishing the assignment. When I remind him that it needs to be turned in, he says he lost it. So in response I ask him to start it over. All of a sudden he will find his work and try to finish it. He is capable of doing the work, but lacks the motivation.

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    • Jan 29, 2013 9:12am

      This is a tough one, isn't it? Sometimes when I have students like this I find that these are often calls for a little extra TLC. Sometimes I've used a little dose of honesty in these cases.

      I'll say something like, "I know that you may not like school, or homework or even this class. And I can respect that. I don't expect you to like it. But what is important to me is that I can see you learn. You have this great mind and when you turn in your work I'm always intrigued. So, even if you don't want to 'play school' maybe you'll do the work because I care."

      It's amazing how often that genuine interest creates a shift.

      • Jan 31, 2013 8:28am

        Continuous words of motivation and inspiration plus a small dose of problem solving to discover the true cause and not the symptom.

        • Jan 30, 2013 1:26am

          They may be able to self learn math via suggest it to the students if they have internet access at home.

          • Feb 27, 2013 7:54pm

            I agree with everything that has been posted thus far. Relationships go such a long way!

            I also think it's worth reaching out to this student's family. I'd be interested to know if they're aware of the problem, and if they have any ideas for possible solutions.

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