Calling all procrastinators!
Here is the best tool to get you on track: the DAILY TO DO LIST.
Set up a daily time management ritual, and stick to it, and you will improve your success in school and life.
I’m going to bet you’ll see better marks, among various improvements, immediately!
Preparation is key to effective learning skills, and when you prepare well for anything in your life, you will accomplish more.
Do you have a teenager who has no interests or passions?
No real interests that is….
No interests other than gaming… (and getting to the next phase in the latest video game)…?
Or, no passions other than You Tube viewing… (and watching influencers chat non-stop about make up and hairstyle trends)…?
Getting to know one’s interests and passions is an important part of planning for life after high school.
Psychologist Angela Duckworth has found a secret to success — and how to get it.
She calls it GRIT.
This is something we need to teach our kids!
What is GRIT?!
In her research, Duckworth discovered that “no matter the domain, the highly successful had a kind of ferocious determination that played out in two ways. First, these exemplars were unusually resilient and hardworking. Second, they knew in a very, very deep way what it was they wanted. They not only had determination, they had direction.”
These high achievers were special because of a combination of passion and perseverance.
Among educators, there’s lots of talk these days about twenty-first century skills, and the need to prepare our students for the changing workplace. You can read about the six “Cs” here on my blog.
Growth mindset is another big topic of conversation. It’s a simple idea that can make a big difference in young people (and old!)
Teaching and encouraging growth mindset in the classroom creates motivation and productivity, and this can spill over into all aspects of a person’s life.
Do you remember that muffled sound played on the Peanuts cartoon, whenever a nagging teacher or parent hassled Charlie Brown’s gang?
That’s what I think I sound like to my teenagers… when I remind them to do something… or worse, when I try to teach them something.
I’m an educator by profession — I work with kids for a living. In spite of my training and experience, however, my teenagers are better off learning some skills and lessons from someone else.
Our world is changing rapidly in many ways.
As a result, the workforce is different. Jobs we can’t even imagine are created every day.
As an educator, I feel it’s difficult to know how to prepare students for their futures! Teachers must foster relevant skills in the classroom: skills for the new world.
A teacher’s new mission is not only to prepare students for tomorrow, to be independent and self-sufficient; but also to be creative problem-solvers who are adaptable, working citizens of the world.
Here is a list of Michael Fullan’s 21st century skills — the 6 C’s — key life skills today’s students need for their world:
There may be snow on the ground and cold temperatures outside, but before we know it, summer will be here!
Has your teen thought about how she will spend her summer? Volunteer work, employment? Pursuit of high school credits, or other certifications?
Now is the time to get things organized so students can bank some meaningful experiences, and, maybe some cash in their savings accounts.
There are many compelling reasons to take time after high school or after a college/university degree program is done, to take a breath and find adventure. You’ve heard it called the “Gap Year.”
Here we are in the heart of winter…..
….and I’m going to tell you something about summer:
It’s time to think about your kids’ summer activities.
Huh? What the heck is that?!
You won’t find a definition for this buzz word in the Oxford Dictionary. Or any other formal English dictionary for that matter. But you’ll hear it among young people, who have used the term for a couple years now – when referring to “behaving” like a responsible adult.
Urban Dictionary defines adulting: to do grown up things and hold responsibilities such as a 9-5 job, a mortgage/rent, a car payment, or anything else that makes one think of grown ups.
High school students who seek my services often complain about their lack of motivation, trouble with focus, or ongoing procrastination.
My diagnosis: a lack of clear goals.
Without goals during your educational journey, you could drift through your courses, school day after school day, and probably not fulfill your academic potential.