Methods & Materials to Melt Kids in Your Hands
As a teacher, the most important question you need to ask yourself is:
WHAT IS IT I WANT MY STUDENTS TO SPEND MORE TIME ON?
Increased time on task improves learning, but only IF the task is appropriate for the grade level, curriculum, and individual student.
- Should the student do the assignment? (Is it appropriate?)
- Could the student do the assignment? (Do they have the skills?)
- Would the student do the assignment? (Is it motivating to them?)
DO I CHANGE THE ASSIGNMENT OR DO I CHANGE THE STUDENT?
- If the student is the problem, change their behavior.
- Maybe the student doesn’t know what to do or how to do it—teach them. Direct instruction gets the maximum effect in a minimum of time.
- Modify the assignment until it is within reasonable expectations.
- Is the student motivated? Is the task
- Practice makes perfect.
As ATTENTION increases, TIME ON TASK increases.
As TIME ON TASK increases, LEARNING is accelerated.
If we apply this analogy to reading, we find interest increases attention; attention increases time spent in reading, and time spent in reading improves comprehension.