My son is a prime example of a procrastinating student. He puts everything off till the night before or the morning of. I am happy if he even shares with me at all, the due date of an assignment or project. Many students are like my son and I wanted to give teachers a simple and easy way of creating a visual in the classroom as a daily reminder of those big projects, book reports, or essays.
My son needs motivation and constant reminding, and let’s face it, as teachers…we ain’t got time for that. In my observations as a parent and as an instructional coach over the last two years my heart breaks when I see a student told in class, “Remember your book report is due tomorrow.” By the sheer horror on the child’s face, I can guarantee you that they did NOT remember. I begin to ask myself, “Was the child reminded before now?” “Were there small checkpoints built into the project to keep them on pace?” Were goals set and conferences had about this project?” Again, looking at the student now in stress and panic mode, I am going to guess a NO.
That is why I decided to offer the PD – Pathways to Success
It shows teachers how to build those visuals, set manageable timelines, and there is also an incentive built in to move across the visual to help the student be motivated to complete tasks. I shared an Ellen Degeneres skit on procrastination and then we had some rich discussions on students and their issues with time management.
We looked at the different visuals I had for examples and the the teachers were given time to create a visual as a team. The amount of fun these teachers had creating, brainstorming ideas for checkpoints, and presenting their visuals was a pleasure to watch.
We ended the session with ways to incorporate visuals into the Elementary, Middle, and High school classrooms and the teachers shared ideas and ways to use what was learned in this session with their students. I enjoy the sessions the most that allow discussion, hands-on learning, and collaboration of teachers.
How do you incorporate pathways to success for your students? Have any ideas to share?