Keeping students on task is no easy job. Both teachers and parents know that kids sometimes just have a mind of their own — something that we should encourage but isn’t exactly helpful when they’re in the middle of class or need to finish their homework. It’s important that your students start developing time management skills from a young age. How can you help them develop these skills? Getting them used to writing in a planner is the perfect start.
There are plenty of reasons that students should use planners during their time at school. Planners provide the opportunity to pick up a habit that can make your student’s school year less stressful. It can be hard to get students used to writing in a planner, especially young students, so it’s important to start the habit early. Below are a few tips and tricks to get your students using their planners and on the road to organization.
- Parents — Start the habit early. To get students used to writing in a planner, you can first encourage your student to write down any upcoming family events, chores, or to-do lists on a family calendar. This is a great way to get your student used to writing important tasks down before they start using a paper planner!
- Teachers — Remind students daily. You can help every student in your class by reminding them to write down their assignments either during class or at the end of the day before they leave.
- Parents — Ask to see your student’s planner! Asking to see your student’s planner each day can act as a reminder that they need to write down their assignments. Jog their memory by also asking what they learned in class that day.
- Teachers — Use planners as an exit ticket. Before students leave the classroom at the end of the day, check that each student has written down their homework in their planner. This not only ensures that your students remember what they have to complete for the next day, but it also allows them to ask any questions that they have before they leave.