Here is how, it works. On Mondays she hands out the schedule for the week, with a list of MUST DO’s that they have to complete by the end of the week. These MUST DO’s have a suggested time frame of how long it should take them to complete that activity. Students need to decide when they will do these activities and write them down.
There has been research that links time management to success later in life. A study from the University of Pennsylvania concludes that self-discipline, the driving force behind time management, is a better predictor of adolescents’ academic performance than IQ. See the report here. Mrs. Harrell’s students are getting a good framework on how to manage their time that could help them in the future.
This new system also gives her time to meet with a small group every day, flex group meetings to work on writing, and one-on-one conferencing with students to discuss grades or questions they may have about their work.
Students overall agreed that they liked this system, that it helps to keep them organized! Mrs. Harrell says that the students get a little better at organizing their time every week and the technology helps them to be a little more independent.