When Work Is Completed
What can you do to occupy an early finisher? The answer depends on class size, the age of the students and the subject matter.
Here are a few points to consider before handing out any additional work to students.
- Did the student actually complete his or her work?
- Are the answers correct?
If the answer is no to either of these questions, tell the student that he must finish before going on to other work.
- Does this child have exceptional abilities?
If the answer is yes, then speak to the Gifted and Talented coordinator in your school for ideas that will keep the student engaged.
- Is the child having difficulty?
Do some one-on-one with the student to see if you can assess what the needs are. Often students mask their lack of understand with good, quiet behavior (If you don't see me, then you won't know I don't understand.) or humor. Teachers often don't realize the child does not understand until viewing important test results, later.
- Finally, is the work on hand academic--will the child learn something?
This is important, especially for older students. This does not mean, however, that it cannot be enjoyable.