Make a Plan and Stick With It - Planning & Prioritizing
The natural extension of setting goals is seeing them through. However, it is one thing to set a goal; it is a different thing to come up with a plan to achieve it. With the increased expectation that students complete long-term research papers and project-based learning assignments, learning how to plan a strategy for completion and see it through is more critical than ever.
Give students a few minutes at the end of each day to prioritize their nightly homework in planners by numbering assignments from first to last. Starting with the most difficult work is often a good choice so students are mentally fresh.
Use project-planning tools like the Research Planning Calculator to create step-by-step timelines for long term assignments.
Share scoring rubrics with students before they begin assignments. Rubrics provide a visual map of expectations and are perfect starting points for planning projects and writing as well as encouraging students to reflect critically on their work.
Teach students to plan before writing by brainstorming and outlining. Apps like Inspiration are great tools for visual-learners.
Engage students with games and activities that involve strategic planning, like chess and capture the flag.
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