A lot of times, children of school age have problems completing homework assignments. This is a very serious problem as their grades begin to drop significantly. Homework is seen by most children to be “boring” or “stupid”. Homework is neither of these and is actually an important tool in studying and discipline. This could be an issue of defiance. Here is a behavior/learning intervention plan to help with this problem.
The first step in developing this plan is to set a goal. Our goal will be that the student will complete all of his homework assignments in a two week (10 school days) period. In order to meet these expectations, we should set certain rules for the student to adhere to. First, a journal will be kept with all assignments written down, legibally, for the student to sign and the parents to sign. The teacher will keep the homework assignments fun as well as educational. The assignments will be consistent. For example, if there is spelling homework, the same assignments will be given every week, just with different words. For instance, on Monday, the student will do 5 times each with each word. Tuesday will be to write the words each in a different color (we will call this rainbow Tuesday). Wednesday will be something different, and so on. The student who completes his assignments will be rewarded with tickets or tokens to be exchanged for homework passes or ice cream tickets, or the like.
This is an example of a fixed ratio. The text book states that reinforcement occurs after a predetermined set of responses (ie, if the student completes all assignments, he or she will receive awards every week for completing all assignments through the week). Although there is a brief drop off of results right after awards are given, the student will usually develop enough discipline to continue the positive behavior.