Whether you’re a returning student or a new one you’ll need to find the best tools to stay organized. Let’s discuss two helpful tools.
The Daily Checklist
Students can use this tool each day to stay on track and avoid skipping around. This tool will direct students to complete each lesson and task assigned for the day in that subject before moving on.
Students should start with their hardest subject either first or second in the morning. It’s important to work all the way through each course before moving on to another. Take notes as necessary in each course. Remember that each lesson should take about an hour to complete; that means you are reading EVERY WORD, watching video clips, following links, and taking notes to learn the material being presented. Take a short 15-20 minute break after completing two courses.
The Week at a Glance
To use this tool properly, you’ll need to sit down Sunday evening or Monday morning and look in each of your 6 courses for the entire week. Open up a course, then click on Content, then Course Schedule, then click on the Full Schedule tab.
Now you can see the schedule for each day. It may be that you only need to read the lesson. Often, there is also an assignment (Dropbox, Student Workroom, etc.) required.
Use the key below to indicate what’s due each day.
LL – Learning Lab
DB – dropbox assignment due
SW – student workroom assignment due
T – test
Q – quiz
If a box is empty that means you still have a lesson to read, but nothing to turn in that particular day. Never skip a lesson!
Your Week at a Glance might look like this:
Parents and students can view this short video where I discuss these tools. http://www.kaltura.com/tiny/ie327
If you’d like your own laminated copy of each tool, please contact me and I’ll send them home with your student.
Bonus! Here’s one more tool to help your child stay organized.
Mrs. Hill designed a Virtual Schedule Template that can be used to help create your personalized schedule to know when your virtual sessions, interactive learning labs, and teachers’ office hours take place. You can print the schedule and keep it close to your computer so you will always have the details at your fingertips.
For each of your virtual sessions, please make sure you have a working headset, microphone, and webcam.
Okay, there you have it! Three tools to use with your student. Remember, commit to using them for three weeks, train your child to use them him/herself, and gradually allow them to take control of managing their school work.
Have a great weekend!