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Alternative Modes Of Completing Assignments

Alternative Modes Of Completing Assignments

Why should I do it:

  • Students learn in various ways and modes
  • Students respond better
  • Students are more likely to complete work
  • Students will become more engaged
  • All learners will have better opportunities to understand and correctly complete expectations

When should I do it:

  • Alternative modes of completing assignments should be regularly used in all classes and students given the choice as to which method they will use
  • You may want to suggest or require that certain students use a specific mode of completion if it seems that mode may work best for that student or the student has shown a pattern of learning to support the use of that mode of completion

How do I do it:

  • There are numerous alternative modes of assignment completion, here are the most common:
    • Verbally giving answers
    • Drawing a picture, graphic, diagram, etc.
    • Using a computer to type out an assignment
    • Putting answers on index cards
    • Have student act out assignment
    • Make a small comic book out of assignment
    • Have student do a demonstration or experiment
    • Record verbal responses on computer mic
    • Do homework in Power Point
    • Make assignment into a song or rap
    • Etc.

Resources & Support for technique:
(Items with footnotes link to external websites)


  1. Verster, C. (2010). Learning Styles & Teaching. [].
  2. Haynes, J. (2009). Teach to Students’ Learning Styles. [].
  3. Armstrong, T. Multiple Intelligences. [].
  4. (2000). How Can I Find Out My Child’s Learning Style?. [].
  5. Birmingham Grid for Learning. Take a Test. [].
  6. Anthony F. Grasha & Sheryl Riechmann-Hruska, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Oh 45221. (1996). Teaching Style Survey (Grasha-Riechmann). [].
  7. Brunaccioni, J. Addressing Different Learning Styles: Helping All Students Succeed in the Kindergarten Classroom. [].