Sunday, September 26, 2010
Time management... a skill... a learnt skill.
As teachers, I believe it is important for us to teach our students how to manage their time properly. All schools give Agenda's or Daily planners in order to teach kids how to keep track of their homework.
I think it is important for teachers to lay out a 'study plan' or 'homework' plan when it comes to large projects so that students can stay on track and not get behind.
On Saturday I worked with my grade 10 ESL student and he hadn't even started his book report which turned out to be this tuesday. In order for him to get an A+ he had to do WAY too much work and had no idea how to plan his time in order to be able to do so. Needless to say, he is working towards getting 50% on this project now because he doesn't have enough time to do everything.
I think that if the teacher had of written out a plan (Monday/Tuesday do # 1, Wed/Thurs #2 etc.) on how to attain the A+, I think more students would be able to get a higher mark. I wonder how many of the other students struggled to get more than 50%?
I understand this may be seen as hand holding, but in High School, I think it is important to give our kids the chance at getting an A. Even in our University classes we are given a schedule of when to read certain books by. I think giving some guidelines for projects is acceptable when it comes to giving all our kids an equal chance at attaining an A grade.
What do you think? Is this being too kind? Or should work schedules be handed out along with big projects to grade 10 level students?