Chunking Assignments

March 9, 2007 at 5:16 am (children, Education, Educational Leadership, Elementary, High School, kids, Middle School, Parents, principals, reading, school, school administration, teachers, Uncategorized)

Chunking Assignments
Some students are overwhelmed by long and lengthy assignments and will perform much better if the number of items required is reduced or divided into several shorter assignments and given to the student one at a time.

This method of “chunking” assignments works well with students who cannot concentrate or attend for extended periods of time.

In these cases, start by dividing the amount of work into chunks that the student can successfully work with—even if you have to start with three minutes of work at a time. As the student’s success increases, the amount of time and work can increase.

Teams decide students have shortened assignments for a variety of reasons. Some students actually process information much more slowly or read below the level of reading used in the assignment and simply can’t get to all of the items.

Shortening assignments may also be considered for students who are able to demonstrate understanding of information or mastery of skills with fewer assignment items.

Some students are overwhelmed by lengthy assignments and will perform much better if the number of items required is reduced or divided into several shorter assignments and given one at a time.

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