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6 Reasons Your Child Refuses to Do Homework.

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By Marcia Hall

Many parents struggle with getting their child to complete homework after school. Rarely is a child ever anxious to get back to work when he returns home from school, but there are some ways that you can make homework less of a struggle for both you and for your child. To make getting your child to do homework less of a chore, you have to begin with understanding why he is resistant to doing homework in the first place.

He is exhausted from a long day at school
School is exhausting – even more so than it used to be. In the last 10 to 20 years, the needs of children have not changed, however the pace of life has. Most parents are busy and have very little down time, which inevitably means that your child ends up with less down time too. He is going to be less likely to be motivated to work when there is chaos all around him. It is important for parents to model healthy habits so that children understand that, while it is important to work hard, it i…

Strategies for Challenging Behaviour - Positive Behaviour Support

The number one referral to the administration is typically oppositional or defiant behaviour.  Adults express views that this generation of children is a lot more difficult than earlier generations.  Some teachers believe that it is not their job to teach both behavioural and academic outcomes.  However research shows that a child's behaviour directly affects their academic outcomes.  So if we want to see a positive result for a child who is exhibiting challenging behaviour the first thing that we have to discuss is the factors behind the behaviours. No matter how much we push the academic side without addressing the behavior we will not achieve the results we want until we pursue a holistic outlook. 
Teachers need to carry out a number of tasks and some of those tasks feel insurmountable.  Not only are teachers required to make sure their students are achieving their academic outcomes but we also want students to develop skills so they can make good, healthy responsible decision…

Let's Talk Strategies

The first thing that teachers need to understand about classroom management is that we set the classroom up in a way that promotes respect, safety and learning.Organization, setting routines and procedures, discussing expectations and guidelines is a definite must when beginning a new class or year.Strategies for classroom organization and management can be divided into three levels or tiers.

Tier 1:Refers to those strategies that apply at a whole school level. All stakeholders need to be dedicated to the creation of this positive and proactive approach.The Positive Behaviour Support Model states that the following framework needs to be applied to promote safe and respectful environment:
􀂉 Universal Expectations
􀂉 Office Referral Procedures
􀂉 School-Wide Acknowledgement System
􀂉 School-Wide Social Skills Instruction
􀂉 Active Supervision
􀂉 Enforcement of Expectations
􀂉 Data-Based Decision Making
􀂉 Safe & Welcoming Culture
Strategies that may be helpful at this stage include:
1.Lesson …

Assessing Non-Compliant Behavior

Non-compliant behaviour can be one of the most stressful issues that present to teachers today.The constant disruption can interfere with the learning of not only the student with the difficulty but the peers around him/her.Finding solutions is not an easy task and there is no magic bullet.A systemic, documented approach is required when trying to determine the reasons astudent may be responding in the way they do.If an assessment is not completed then the strategies have no basis and the intervention is likely to fail.Some students may not be following directions because they do not have the appropriate skills to do so.Other students may have the skills required to complete the task but avoid the task due to another explanation (they would rather do something else).

Colvin (2009) has laid out a simple chart that defines specific groups of defiant students.
PROBLEM BEHAVIOUR “Not following directions”

Strategies Group 1 Lack of skills necessary to complete the task Focusing …

Understanding Non-Compliant Behavior

Teachers are continually being asked to do more, more, more within their classrooms.The lack of resources, funds and people are making it difficult for teachers to do their jobs.Non-compliance has also become highly prevalent within the classroom and teachers have cited this problem as one of the greatest stressors and concerns they encounter.Colvin(2009) states that non-compliant behaviour has been the overall highest ranking reason for sending students to the office(Pg.7).
To define non-compliant behaviour certain conditions must be met. The student exhibits non-compliance if a person in authority gives a direction and it is not followed by the student.The person in authority can mean anyone at the school including administrators, teachers, teacher assistants, substitute teacher and volunteers that come into the school.As we all know some students are only non-compliant with certain people so school personnel must make sure they communicate to all s…