The Student May:

  • Have low academic ability

  • Have completed work in their folders, locker, or backpack

  • Have a very messy locker, desk, or backpack

  • Be inattentive and easily distracted/off task

  • Have an unstable home and little parental follow through

  • Dislike school and be irresponsible

  • Not know the directions or the content

  • Be disorganized

  • Act out, clown around, or other inappropriate behaviors

  • Procrastinate and put things off

  • Have a hard time getting started

  • Have no sense of urgency

  • Create disturbances like noises or conflicts

If this describes the student, proceed to the interventions. If not, try choosing another behavior.


  • Assign a buddy or partner

  • Call parent or note home

  • Color coded folders

  • Daily planner

  • Do unfinished work during recess or unstructured time

  • Frequent home contact

  • Individual work space

  • Logical consequence

  • More structured routine

  • Natural consequences

  • Organize materials daily

  • Provide a container for the student’s belongings

  • Rewards, Simple Reward Systems, & Incentives

  • Take away privileges

  • Take away unstructured or free time

  • Talk one on one with student

  • Talk to parent

  • Talk with student in hallway

  • Teach coping skills

  • Teach organizational skills

  • Visual schedule

A few important points:  

  • Try multiple interventions at the same time

  • Collect and track specific data on each intervention tried & its effect

  • If your data indicates no progress after a two weeks, you should consider a referral to the Trutherapy School Based Counselor.

Failing to turn in work