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Title: Time Management and Organization Skills: A Basic Toolbox for Building a Solid Learning Foundation


1
Time Management and Organization Skills A
Basic Toolbox for Building a Solid Learning
Foundation
  • Ali Zidel Meyers, MSW
  • Meyers Learning Center

www.meyerslearningcenter.com
2
Is this your child?
  • Impeccably organized
  • Absolutely efficient with time
  • Plans and executes projects like clockwork
  • An eager learner with intrinsic motivation

3
A more realistic scenario…?
4
The Learning Journey
  • The greatest thing in this world is not so much
    where we are, but in what direction we are
    moving. -Oliver Wendell Holmes

5
Welcome
  • Who I am…
  • Why Im here…and what you wont hear

6
The Big Picture
TEACHING TECHNIQUES Role Modeling Directed
Instruction Set Limits
LEARNING TOOLS Organization Time Management Study
Skills
TEACHING TECHNIQUES Role Modeling Directed
Instruction Limit Setting
LEARNING FOUNDATION
SUCCESS FACTORS Learning Self-Motivation Independe
nce…
7
Roles to Play
  • We all have roles we play on our journeys through
    life.
  • The work of children is play, through which they
    learn and grow.
  • Playground, classroom, soccer field, stage…
  • Children learn everywhere.

8
Teaching Techniques Introduction Parents as
Teachers
  • Your childs learning does not stop in the
    classroom, of course, but extends to all other
    spheres of life.
  • So, in addition to whatever work comprises our
    days, we are all teachers. Every one of us.

9
Teaching Techniques Introduction You are always
teaching…
  • You teach by exampledirectly and indirectly.
  • Nervous? Do not fear.
  • We are all natural born teachers and learners.
  • Your children are teachers, as well as learners,
    too.
  • You dont need to have all the answers.

10
Teaching Techniques Introduction How are you
always teaching?
  • Children need models, not critics.
  • Role modeling They watch what you do and mirror
    that. They do as you do.
  • Direct instruction Show and tell. (Heres how
    to wash my car… This is how to do your
    laundry…)
  • Limit setting Help them understand whats safe
    and not, whats acceptable and whats not…where
    and what the boundaries are

11
The Big Picture
LEARNING TOOLS Organization Time Management
LEARNING TOOLS Organization Time Management Study
Skills
TEACHING TECHNIQUES Role Modeling Directed
Instruction Set Limits
LEARNING FOUNDATION
SUCCESS FACTORS Learning Self-Motivation Independ
ence…
12
Learning Tools Introduction The Basic Toolbox
  • We all have tools for our work.
  • Adult tools
  • Kid tools
  • Now basic tools you can teach your kids to help
    them create success in their learning journeys.

13
Learning Tools Introduction The Basic Tools
  • 1. Time management
  • 2. Organization
  • Study Skills Learning to Learn effectively and
    efficiently

14
Dealing with Time Management Challenges
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Learning Tool Time Management Mastering Time
  • We must use time as a tool, not as a couch.
    -- John F. Kennedy
  • Some parents think their kids need to work
    harder, when what they really need to learn to do
    is work SMARTER (more efficiently).
  • Two sisters in the study
  • Slice it up exercise

16
Learning Tool Time Management Teaching
Technique Role Modeling
  • How do I teach my kids to manage time
    effectively?
  • Do as I say… They will do as you do!
  • If you want your child to learn effective time
    management, you must model it
  • Show up for appointments on time (or early).
  • Have all materials at hand to avoid wasting time
    during activities.
  • Refer to the start time, remind of the end time,
    and pace activities aloud as you move through
    them.

17
Learning Tool Time Management Teaching
Technique Role Modeling
  • Time chart (you, your child)where do the hours
    go?
  • Time estimates vs. real time (chart it for a week
    or two in your planner or on a notepad, then
    examine your time monsters.)
  • Time Monsters (you, your child)

18
Learning Tool Time Management Teaching
Technique Role Modeling
  • Did you know you have to play ping-pong for 12
    hours to lose one pound?
  • Examine ping-pong tactics you may use in your own
    life. Look for ways to make your own tasks more
    efficient, and teach your child how to also.
  • Perfect formatting
  • Buy an old-fashioned (analog) watch and wear it
    have your child wear one so s/he can see the
    ticking away of seconds to hours-- how time
    moves.

19
Learning Tool Time Management Teaching
Technique Direct Instruction and Collaboration
  • Everyday lessons the world is your playground,
    your laboratory, your library…
  • Kids can learn effective time management in the
    context of simple, everyday tasks.
  • Teach time-saving techniques for computer work,
    document saving conventions…
  • Enable your child to partner with you in planning
    and owning their time. Empower them to own and
    help manage their time with you.

20
Learning Tool Time Management Teaching
Technique Direct Instruction and Collaboration
  • Architects of time Practice together--build a
    time management plan for a set time period.
  • Discuss the given tasks for a particular day,
    weekend, or week ahead.
  • Map it out a plan on a calendar/poster (kids who
    are visual learners can be great illustrators).
    Be specific.
  • Build in contingencies.
  • Execute the plan. Evaluate its effectiveness.
  • Reflect what went well and what do you want to
    do differently next time?

21
Learning Tool Time Management Teaching
Technique Direct Instruction and Collaboration
  • Teach your child to estimate how long tasks will
    take, then add a cushion (double it).
  • Think out loud about time as you move through the
    day. Help build time awareness.
  • Time-based word problems managing HW, handling
    schedule demands
  • Use blocks and manipulatives (make it real)
  • Kids can be clueless about time, and they have no
    access to your internal dialogue.

22
Learning Tool Time Management Teaching
Technique Set Limits
  • Do you fear limits?
  • Some hesitate to set limits, fearful of imposing
    a rigid structure like what they experienced as a
    child.
  • Wanting to give kids everything
  • Conflict avoidance
  • Obstacles to teaching time management skills

23
Learning Tool Time Management Teaching
Technique Set Limits
  • As kids move from dependence to independence,
    they need limits around time, to teach them how
    to use it effectively.
  • Teach First things first!… The sooner you do
    it, the sooner youre through it!
  • Students should have a regular study routine
    their working hours (no distractions, no
    interruptions).
  • A bliss list or time tokens can be used to
    reinforce the notion of working hard, then
    enjoying free time.

24
Learning Tool Time Management Teaching
Technique Set Limits
  • Decide on priorities.
  • Discuss them with your child.
  • Problem-solve together when conflicts around time
    use occur.
  • Time monsters can be postponed until after school
    work is done, potentially used as rewards.

25
Learning Tool Organization What is it?
  • organize (ôrg-nz)
  • v. organized, organizing, organizes
  • To put together into an orderly, functional,
    structured whole.
  • To arrange in a coherent form systematize
  • To arrange in a desired pattern or structure
  • To arrange systematically for harmonious or
    united action

26
Learning Tool Organization Organization
Demystified
  • The secrets in the system.
  • The key to organization is not so much the type
    of system you choose, but in creating a system
    that works for you and using it.
  • Does your form your function? Are you wearing
    hockey gear to play tennis?
  • How are your living spaces designed? (Or arent
    they?)
  • How easy is access to things that you need?
  • How often does clutter create an obstacle in your
    life?
  • Its not only the stuff of disorganization that
    drains energy and time its the state itself.

27
Learning Tool Organization Teaching Technique
Direct Instruction
  • Two basic elements to organizing (for kids)
  • 1. Their stuff/space
  • Planner, binders, study space
  • Bedroom/dorm room, household drop spot, crates,
    filing containers
  • Weekly Weed-outs, 10-Minute Tune-ups (daily) for
    maintenance
  • Tell them directly what you expect and show them
    how to do it. Ask them to teach the teacher to
    check their understanding.
  • 2. Their time (this is coming up)

28
Learning Tool Organization Teaching Technique
Role Modeling
  • You can hire an expert, read books, surf the
    web--but the system you devise for yourself (or
    with your child) will probably be the most
    effective and enduring.
  • Find the areas of your life that are most
    disorganized. Figure out why. Develop an
    organizational plan of attack.
  • The goal is not to have the fanciest system, but
    one that works well for you.

29
Learning Tool Organization Teaching Technique
Role Modeling
  • Start with one thing (desk drawer) or one time
    increment for bigger projects (30 minutes a week
    in the closet, garage, etc.).
  • Implement some aspect of your organizational plan
    each week. Examples
  • File, Pile (to handle NOW), or Recycle your mail.
  • Go to www.ReduceWaste.org to remove your name
    from junk mail and solicitation lists
  • Do a weekly weed-out dump out your purse,
    wallet, briefcase and weed out once a week. Rid
    yourself of clutter you dont need.
  • Take an hour each week to de-clutter photo boxes
    and create photo albums.

30
Learning Tool Organization Teaching Technique
Limit Setting
  • Rescue selectively.
  • What are you doing for your children right now
    that they can do for themselves?
  • Fast forward any of these behaviors another 5-10
    years. Will they have adopted these behaviors or
    still be looking to others to do it for them?
  • Logical consequences, natural outcomes
  • Point out discrepancies between goals and
    behaviors.

31
Create the conditions…
  • Be a farmer …not a fly

Hover
Buzzz
32
Checkpoint
  • Wake a sleeping neighbor.
  • Get up and stretch.
  • Congratulate yourself.
  • Youve made it half way!

33
Organization and Effective Time Use Go Hand in
Hand
  • Direct Instruction
  • Teach your kids to
  • Think ahead.
  • Plan ahead.
  • Act now. (A planner is a terrific tool for
    practicing these concepts).
  • Gantt Chart
  • Empower your child to begin to self-manage these
    skills will be crucial throughout the life span.

34
Organization and Effective Time Use
  • Gantt Chart
  • Tasks
  • Timeframe (start/end)
  • Milestone due dates
  • Post prominently in two places (Agenda/planner,
    wall)

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Youve got the power…use it.
  • Consider every single thing your child considers
    a birthright
  • Unlimited phone access
  • Unlimited kitchen access
  • Hobby time
  • Cell phone time
  • Computer access
  • Allowance
  • These are privileges, not rights.
  • You can grant (or deny) them!

36
Learning Tool Study Skills Study Skills
  • Strong Study Skills Save Time
  • Does your child know how to work smarter, not
    harder?
  • Many kids waste time studying the wrong things.
    Study skills create effective and efficient
    learning.
  • Study Skills handling homework, note-taking (in
    class and from texts), test-preparation,
    test-taking, reading comprehension, reading to
    write
  • Resources books, people

37
Misconceptions and Corrections
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6 Common Misconceptions
  • Life must be a Juggling Act.
  • Multi-tasking Effective Time Management
  • I should let my kids figure this stuff out on
    their own.
  • Im hopeless Im an organizational/time
    management wreck, therefore I cant teach these
    skills.
  • My children are hopeless. Ive tried telling them
    what to do, and its not working!
  • The Felt Fishy Syndrome

39
Misconception Correction 1 Life must be a
juggling act.
  • Do you feel victimized by time?
  • Schedule/commitment overload and stress
  • We have choices.
  • Your time is your life.
  • Work on creating balance, teaching balance.
  • Become a time manager rather than a time martyr.

40
Misconception Correction 2 Multi-tasking Means
Effective Time Management
  • We all do it. Is it effective?
  • University of Michigan study

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Multi-tasking not all its cracked up to be
  • For all tasks studied
  • Subjects lost time when they had to switch from
    one task to another
  • Time costs increased with the complexity of the
    tasks.
  • Time costs of multi-tasking You've got to
  • (a) want to switch tasks
  • (b) make the switch
  • (c) get warmed back up on what you're doing.

42
Multi-tasking Takes Time
  • Translation multi-tasking can actually lengthen
    task time.
  • Other problems distraction, car accidents,
    relationship difficulties, stress
  • The real world multi-tasking is a reality of our
    modern society… some parents feel its important
    that their kids know how to do it
  • Be conscious.

43
Misconception Correction 3 Let them figure it
out on their own.
  • Developmental factors
  • Time is an abstract concept.
  • Would you teach Algebra to a 3rd grader?
  • Future-thinking
  • Realistic Expectations
  • Your involvement

44
Misconception Correction 4 Im hopeless.
  • Start small.
  • Examples Each time you walk through a room, put
    something away.
  • Each time you sift through the mail, practice the
    OHIO principal (Only Handle It Once).
  • Get a large family calendar to post in the
    kitchen. Use it as a master planning tool and
    invite everyone else to do the same.
  • Check out www.FlyLady.net

45
Misconception Correction 5 My child is
hopeless.
  • Dont give up. Do you think that your children
    are un-teachable? Of course not.
  • Any kind of behavioral change takes time, effort,
    and lots of practice.
  • Have you been a farmer or a fly? …Work to create
    solutions that really fit. Your answers may not
    be the right ones for your child.
  • Recognize what your child does well give
    specific praise when you see it happening.

46
Misconception Correction 6 The Felt Fishy
Syndrome
Theres always someone doing a better job…
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You are enough
  • Whoever you are as a parent, you bring your
    unique perspective and gifts.
  • Celebrate your style and strengths.
  • Mistakes (yours or your childs) are learning
    moments, not to be feared.
  • "Before I got married, I had 6 theories about
    bringing up children. Now I have 6 children and
    no theories." - John Wilmot

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The Big Picture
LEARNING TOOLS Organization Time Management Study
Skills
TEACHING TECHNIQUES Role Modeling Directed
Instruction Set Limits
LEARNING FOUNDATION
SUCCESS FACTORS Learning Self-Motivation Independ
ence…
SUCCESS FACTORS Learning Self-Motivation Independe
nce…
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Success Factors Success Defined
  • Expand definitions of success (beyond grades and
    sameness)
  • Success emerging, developing abilities and
    habits that foster
  • Learning
  • Independence
  • Creative problem-solving
  • Effective time management
  • Use of constructive learning tools
  • Goal setting and achievement

50
Success Factors Building Blocks for Success
  • Collaboration Student, Parent(s), Teachers,
    (Tutor, Counselor), together comprise the team.
  • Clear expectations Student knows whats expected
    and how to deliver it.
  • Consistency Only way to build enduring habits.
  • Support Student knows s/he has resources for
    support and utilizes them.
  • Problem-Solving A method for handling obstacles
    and conflict (more on next slide).

51
Success Factors Problem-Solving With Your Child
  • What is the concern behind the complaint?
  • Bring the concern to your child at a good time,
    in a way s/he can understand, in a dispassionate
    manner.
  • I feel…
  • I need…
  • What do you feel? What do you need?
  • Lets work together to find a solution that both
    of us can live with… (problem-solving process)

52
Success Factors Motivation
  • Seek feedback. Say No, sir to Yes, sir
  • Kids may Yes you so that they can speed up an
    uncomfortable process (one in which they sense
    they have fallen short of your expectations).
  • Make sure that solutions developed are REALISTIC
    for your child.
  • Maintain accountability CONSISTENTLY. If goals
    are not met, figure out why with your child, and
    adjust accordingly.
  • Explore goals, rewards (intrinsic and extrinsic),
    privileges (postponing until agreed-upon
    activities are met).

53
Additional Ingredients…
Success Factors
  • Notice (to yourself and aloud to others) your
    childrens assets and efforts.
  • Give your child one specific, genuine compliment
    a day.
  • When other attempts miss the mark, empower your
    child through creative, collaborative
    problem-solving (their ingenuity is amazing).

54
Supporting Success Dealing with Setbacks
  • When in doubt, resist the SHOUT!
  • Acknowledge difficulty, empathize
  • Explain relevance
  • Help your child find other options.
  • Emphasize solutions, not what the student should
    have done.
  • Practice accountability
  • Ignite Motivation
  • Praise successes, big and small

55
When to Consider Seeking Help
  • These challenges are all NORMAL!
  • Kids need trial and ERROR to learn,
    problem-solve, figure it out…expect that
  • In some cases, it makes sense to seek outside
    help
  • Tapped out
  • Relationship unraveling
  • Potential and performance out of sync
  • Your child asks for help
  • Your child seems depressed or anxious

56
Patience…the Seed of Self-preservation.
  • Why havent you quit…
  • How easy is it to break a bad habit?
  • A process, not a light switch
  • Any kind of behavioral change takes time, effort,
    and lots of practice.

57
Success Factors Patience…the Seed of
Self-preservation.
  • Create realistic expectations
  • Praise progress of any size (baby steps)
    generously (its free!), specifically, and
    sincerely.
  • Change takes time. Have faith in yourself and
    your child.
  • Plant and nourish your seeds of patience plant
    and nourish their seeds of growth.

58
In Summary…
  • Teaching organization and time management skills
    builds a foundation for learning.
  • Our kids learn from US provide tools and
    strategies through Role Modeling, Direct
    Instruction, and Limit Setting.
  • Recognize successes. Problem-Solve through
    challenges.
  • Collaborate to foster buy-in and self-motivation.
  • Consistency provides a platform for success.

59
The Journey toward Success
  • The student whos developing abilities and
    habits that foster
  • Learning
  • Independence
  • Creative problem-solving
  • Effective time management
  • Use of constructive learning tools
  • Goal setting and achievement
  • Nurture these aspects of your childs
    development, and you will witness success.

60
Questions?
  • Time Management and Organization Skills A
    Basic Toolbox for Building a Solid Learning
    Foundation
  • Ali Zidel Meyers, MSW
  • Meyers Learning Center

www.MeyersLearningCenter.com
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