CONCEPT WEEK1: SELF-AWARENESS
This week we are working on understanding ourselves and how we learn/do things. Students completed self-assessment surveys about work habits, time management, organization and other skills. They have also been playing a variety of games that highlight different learning styles. The kids have been realizing what types of learning (auditory, visual, kinestetic, solitary and social/group learning) styles work best for them.
You can carry this over at home by having similar conversations about how family members complete daily tasks or even just highlighting how you yourself have to use time management , organization, prioritization etc. We also find it's helpful to talk about strategies you use to be successful at these things, even when they might be difficult.
CONCEPT WEEK2: Setting Goals
This week we worked on understanding what goals are and why they are important. We also discussed what makes a good goal, long-term and short-term goals. Students are working to set short-term goals for themselves for something school-related. We are also working to build one long-term goal for the school year. We will be monitoring progress towards these goals and setting new goals as we accomplish others.
You can support at home by discussing and setting small, short-term goals at home. Goal needs to be SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Timely. This will be helpful to use when you're setting goals for home. You can carry this over at home by having similar conversations about how family members set goals and give examples. You might even consider having your student set a short term and/or long term goal for something at home. For example, a short-term goal might be making their bed 4 out of 5 mornings for the week or remembering to empty their backpack/folder with no more than one reminder each day. It will be important to review this goal at the end of the week to see if it was reached. Discuss why or why not and what was helpful to make things happen. Remember to celebrate when your student does achieve!
Concept Week 3: Time Management/Organization
This cycle we are working on the concept of organization. We will be focusing on introducing a variety of strategies to help with organization and figuring out what works and what doesn't for each individual student. Some of the strategies that we will be highlighting include:
- color coding
- highlighting (which can coordinate with a color-coding system)
- using tabs/ways to organize your binder
- organizing with a system-grouping like items or with a system that makes sense to you
- making efficient shedules
- to-do lists
- using a timer to complete tasks and help build awareness of how long tasks take
When working in this arena, one of the key concepts is that everyone is different, so there isn't a "one size fits all" type of organization system or tools that for everyone. We will be working with students to figure out what kinds of strategies work for them. We will be exploring many of the options listed above and incorporating games that practice using different strategies.
We have completed this Unit! The students have worked hard to learn about and practice all these strategies to assist with time management and organization! You can review all the skills with your student by visiting the website listed below. We played a fun Jeopardy-style game to review and everyone really did a great job!