How to Avoid Getting Busy Work in Class

The easiest way to avoid busy work in class is to not behave in a manner that elicits busy work in the first place. Huh? That’s right. Most days during “academic enhancement,” I remind my students to use their time wisely. What is the standard response?

I don’t have any work to do.

If there’s one important message I could impart on high school students, it is this:

Just because there is not an artifact producing assignment doesn’t mean you couldn’t do something to improve your grades. The improvement may not be instantaneous. Think crock pots, not microwaves.

Granted, that grade improvement may not happen instantly. But remember… we’re not in the microwave business. We’re in the crock pot business. If you plan on going to college, you don’t want to be part of the 52% who drop out the first year. Most of the work you do in college will be of the non-artifact producing variety. It’s called studying.

So when your teacher provides time to study with a non-artifact producing activity, use that time wisely. Don’t mess around. And if you do mess around, and you do get an artifact-producing assignment, don’t complain about the busy work.

Moral of the story: If you don’t want busy work, then use your time wisely.