I got a great report back from a mom who was thrilled with something I asked her to do last week. I call it over correction. This is a 10 year old child who would do his homework but not bring it back to class. We are actively training his processing skills via live webcam sessions, and he is getting much better with his memory over time, but the mom wanted more immediate improvement, so I taught her this thing I have taught to many parents for 26 years with great success. The way it worked is they made several copies of the worksheet that needed to be handed in before it was printed on. If and when the child didn’t hand it in, he would come home and do the worksheet again, but 2 or 3 times. To not interfere in other homework, we said it could be done on the weekend. I told the parents not to go too crazy with it. We did not want him sitting and doing 20 of them. 3 was good. The idea being that doing it once always feels better than doing it 2 or 3 times. I am thrilled to report that today I got the news that after 2 sessions of doing that, he has started handing in all homework. As an added bonus, the mom was really happy because the extra work on the worksheet, helped him to solidify the info and now he knows it better. A win win!
* One caveat to this involves Common Core curriculum based assignments because from what I see and hear, there are many of those that have no answers or are so convoluted that even adults with Ph.D.'s cannot figure it out. To do this to a child trying to work on something like that would be illogical, useless and even worse, cruel. If it is logical to you and you can see an answer and the child is not getting it, it is a teaching moment. If it is a Common Core assignment with no logical answer or 102 steps to get somewhere, time to train some different skills and express your feelings to the school.
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