We have all had a moment in which we just can’t continue doing a task. Our students face these moments every day. It can be frustrating for both them and their teacher because disengagement means that we can’t move on to some of the stuff we want to do until we get through the stuff we have to do. This can often lead to a cycle of complete disengagement because the same student(s) never seem to get through the have to, in order to do the want to.
Instead of watching a student struggle, become disengaged, and slowly float further and further into the atmosphere to seemingly never come back I liked to try these four tactics to break the cycle, and re-engage the student in their task.
Restructure the Task
“Why don’t you do all the odd numbered problems?”