Goal: To improve classroom skills
1. The student will complete appropriate individual assignments.
2. The student will complete daily work assignments.
3. The student will complete homework assignments.
1. Ask yourself "Is my work finished?"
2. Look over each question to be sure.
3. When you are sure your work is finished, hand it in.
4. Say to yourself "Good for me! I finished it." (McGinnis and Goldstein, 1980 p. 115)
*See: "Skills for School Success" - Completing
Anita Archer and Mary Gleason, Curriculum Associates, Inc., North Billerica, MA, 1991.
Definition: Completing assignments means finishing a task from start to finish.
Rationale: Completing assignments is important for academic achievement, (i.e. grades) for displaying responsibility to teachers, and to avoid negative consequences.
It is most important students have the skills, knowledge, and motor responses needed to complete the assignment successfully and independently.
Discuss why completing assignments is important. What other situations require this skill? How does this relate to a job? What are things you should look for when checking to see if an assignment is complete? What does listening to directions have to so with completing an assignment?
Ask students about "roadblocks" to completing work: What interferes with completing your work? How can you remove or compensate for those problems?
Students generate lists of examples of situations where they are expected to complete assignments, such as individually, daily, or homework.
Model/Role-play with Feedback
Role play situations:
You complete assignments given by teacher.
You finish a project or activity at home.
You complete a project you promised to do for a friend.
You complete a job task assigned by supervisor.
You complete a classroom job (cleaning blackboard, watering plants, feeding animals).
Make a card or craft to give to someone.
Students break into small groups and devise assignments and/or homework charts which can be copied for use by entire class.
Teacher can award raffle ticket to each student who completes every daily assignment. Ticket can be pulled at end of week for small reward.
Application with Feedback
Maintain a chart of homework completed. Provide recognition for completion.
Students keep a chart or index card on the desk and self-monitor their task completion. A completed card = a reward
Parents are informed of the skill and asked to assist students in monitoring completion of assignments.
Social Skills Curriculum Guide, 1992
Special School District of St. Louis County