- Decrease assignment length (e.g., reduce number of items, shorten the required
length of an essay)
- Break assignment into smaller, more manageable 'chunks'. Acknowledge, praise,
or reward student for completion of each chunk.
- Explicitly recognize, praise, and reward the effort that a student puts into
an assignment-no matter how imperfect the outcome. Students can become more motivated as they learn that effort
(a factor is entirely within their control) can actually pay off!
- Have student monitor and chart own work completion as a motivation-builder.
- Provide the student with a copy of reading material (e.g., expository article)
with main ideas already highlighted.
- Post a range of modest classroom 'work accommodations' that any student in the
room can take advantage of (e.g., moving to a different part of the classroom to work; choosing which of several
in-class assignments to do first; using a tape recorder to dictate the first draft of an essay, etc.). Encourage
students to choose those accommodations that help them to work most productively.