In continuing our work with January's theme of Future Readiness, we focused on time management. All of the students are high achievers and are always involved in some sort of task or activity, which begs the question how do we manage all of these responsibilities? To begin our exploration, the students were tasked to contemplate what using your time wisely meant to them. Responses given consisted of "making sure you stay on task", "not slacking off", and "not procrastinating". Seeing that most of them held some form of understanding on time management, we then discussed whether they believe it to be beneficial or not. These discussions were very heated as the students held their ground toward their personal opinions.
Within our talks regarding time management, it was important to provide tools that are essential to this topic. We explored with Google Calendar as well as a To-Do List/Reminders List. We discussed why using these tools would be beneficial for someone who may have so much to do in just one day.
To accumulate more tips on time management, the students were given the task of creating their own list of 10 Tips for Better Time Management, something they could use to help others out when they need to organize their time better.
Time management is not only exclusive for us individuals, but is used by the figures we admire and are inspired by everyday, such as the heroes we watch on the big screen. To understand the universality of time management, we viewed this video about 3 tips that are used by everyone, even the most revered superheroes.
Using these tips, the students and I applied each of them to our own daily lives. Creating a to-do list with prioritization on what is most to least important, as well as designing a schedule to help us keep on track of everything that we do each day.
As an effort to incorporate more technology into our learning, the students engaged in an activity with EdPuzzle, an online learning tool that allows teachers to assign videos with embedded questions at chosen parts of the video. It was a great way for the students to learn about procrastination while keeping them accountable for comprehending the information at hand.
Our K-3 students were introduced to procrastination through their own research on the laptops as they were asked to find the best definition of the term. We held discussions about what they found and they shared instances of when they, themselves, procrastinated. They quickly realized that procrastination might not be the best skill to possess as they explained how it could "make you lazy" and "make you deal with bad consequences".
Learning about procrastination is a vital piece in understanding the significance of time management as we know that procrastination can become a hinderance in us achieving our goals, whether they be major or minor. To really solidify this connection, the students were given the opportunity to watch a clip from a SpongeBob episode where the protagonist was assigned an essay, but decided to procrastinate, resulting in the consequences of his decisions. Doing this allowed the students to understand the impacts time management can have when it is not properly considered.
To end our learning and to assess the students, they were given the task of drawing one portion of an artwork, however, they would be timed for 15 minutes. Using time management, they would have to draw and color their portion, with detail, using their utmost effort and putting in the best quality. While given this time limit, the students still rolled up their sleeves and were able to complete it just in time. This activity provided the students with fun while still demonstrating their skill to manage their time effectively and wisely.