When faced with more than one task, some students are overwhelmed and flit from one thing to another like a hummingbird. Everything gets started but nothing gets finished. A simple strategy for written work is to put the study guide, worksheet, or other paper-pencil task on a clipboard. This signals to the student, “Do this first. Finish it before doing something else.” The clipboard is also a great tool to use for working in the car or sitting on the floor. As a teacher, I used a clipboard myself when walking around the room to help students. When I stopped at a desk and asked a student to put the assignment on the clipboard, it meant that that student had my full attention and other students needed to wait a minute for help. It worked.
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