- December 25, 2017 at 9:05 AM #42249
What do you do with students who claim/believe that they are finished with their work but have not done it correctly or to the best of their ability?
- December 25, 2017 at 9:26 AM #42251
Sometimes I will check over there math paper and mark the ones that are incorrect. I also try to create a culture where students don’t admit they are finished with their homework. I keep a stack of fun but hard math/logic puzzles around that they must work on when all their homework is done. The alternative to doing this is looking at my books/national geographic magazines that are available. If student asks to do something because the are finished I usually respond with “Find something quiet to do (while pointing to my book shelf) or I will find something for you to do.” After a while some students don’t ask for things to do, others never get the hint.
- December 25, 2017 at 4:14 PM #42252
It depends on the student, their ability, and perhaps their age. There are certain of my students that I know I have to double-check to see if they actually did all of it and if it was done correctly. Since these are first graders and they are just learning to be independent workers, I take it as part of teaching them to be responsible. However, when I know it is laziness or carelessness that kept them from doing their job well; they often have to finish/fix it at recess. So far that’s been a sufficient consequence that lasts a few days.
If you find the key to solving this problem let me know. We’ve battled this out with several students for all of their school years and even with parents on board and nearly needing to repeat a grade because of careless work habits, it is still an issue. It seems that for any gains to be made one must be consistent at all times. As soon as the teacher lets it go one time, the student is looking for the next loop hole. It’s a little like the boy who always came to the table with unwashed hands. His mother always made him go wash them. One time she asked him why he doesn’t just wash them first because she’s going to tell him to do so. His reply, “Well, one time you didn’t.”
- January 7, 2018 at 7:11 PM #42865
A system I frequently used when teaching grades 1-2 was a small removable tab on their desk indicating they had earned the privilege of going back to our free time corner. If they were hurrying through in order to go back (careless work, sloppy writing, etc), then a logical consequence was to remove the privilege for a number of days until there was evidence of improvement. Physically removing the tab helped both of us to remember. 🙂 They could still read at their desk, but not “going to the free time corner” was indeed a privilege removed. It did help and gave me a path forward, and yet I always feel the tension of knowing it is only addressing the surface, the actions. What we really want is to help students desire to be found faithful, and not just for the privileges offered. I often think of and pray the verse in Phil 2:13: “It is God who gives us both the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.” While there will always be a few students who, like Carolyn mentioned, do only what they must and no more, may we be found faithful in praying for their hearts as we work on outward actions.
I now teach grades 3-4 and this year re-implemented this idea in the classroom. I do like it and for the most part it does help. And since I feel most frustrated when I don’t know what to do, this helps me stay calmer in the midst of these scenarios!
- January 12, 2018 at 4:29 PM #42946
Students who frequently claim they are finished when they have either not finished it all, not followed directions, or done it poorly and hastily can be assigned to have an appropriate peer appointed to briefly review their work for quality control and “check off” for them by certifying that it appears to be done correctly and well. You’ll need to choose the “inspector” carefully, but it’s not all that complicated for a fellow student to see whether the work was done according to form and directions. And learning accountability to others is something we all need as we grow up.
- January 13, 2018 at 9:42 PM #42961
Thanks for the suggestions! I especially like the idea of finding ways for students to be accountable to each other.
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