Do you ever feel that as teachers and parents we do too much for kids? With the best of intentions, we sometimes for our kids what our kids could do on their own.
Learned dependency is the unfortunate result.
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Content that is meaningful, research-based and relevant are critical components of effective professional development. But there is another factor that makes a difference and is often overlooked: Location. Linda Tilton offers tips for planning professional development.
Can you even imagine how many hours each school year some students devote to searching for assignments, books, notes, clothing and other items?
Many students have a paper problem. It’s all over the place- crumpled in the bottom of the backpack, strewn in a locker, stuffed into books and falling out of folders. Loose papers confuse, distract and overwhelm the student. The most important rule of paper organization is: No Loose Papers! One of the best ways that I have found [...]
When faced with more than one task, some students are overwhelmed and flit from one thing to another like a hummingbird. Everything gets started but nothing gets finished. A simple strategy for written work is to put the study guide, worksheet, or other paper-pencil task on a clipboard. This signals to the student, “Do this [...]
Think about the student’s workspace at school or at home. Only what the student is working on at that time should be visible. Anything else distracts. Encourage the student to remove books and papers from other subjects not related to the immediate task. Put materials that are not needed under the desk or on a [...]
Making lists helps students organize their thinking as well as their materials. I like two types of lists: a daily “To Do” List and an end of the day “I Did It” List. A “To Do” list is really a list of goals and helps good intentions become a reality. It also helps students create [...]