Time management is a strategy that definitely has to be scaffolded throughout the year so students can own the strategy and can use it to cope as they work throughout the class period and also manage their time better at home. Often, when teaching time management, which is an internal function, it's important to explicitly share a number of different strategies that students can use, and also share any resources that will help them to manage their time. A simple timer, for example, it a great resource for some students. A to-do list with end times is another. Whatever you teach, you want them to be able to replicate the strategies at home so they become better managers of their time in general. You could even use a pre- and post- assessment, that doesn't count toward their grades, that attempts to collect data on their current understanding of time management which will help you to plan what to do to support them.
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I have been teaching first grade for many years. A few summers ago I read The Daily Five and The Cafe. My classroom went through a complete transformation the following fall. The excitement I radiated to the students was contagious! The students independence of their own learning began to come alive. They make choices about the activities they will do each day during certain time frames. At first this was only in the ELA block. It has now flowed into math. In addition, one of my colleagues and I recently read Students Taking Charge by Nancy Sulla. Together with the collaboration of our teammates we are planning and creating activities to help our students make more and more choices about their learning. We are creating How-to sheets, short video lessons, and assigning digital lessons for the students to complete independently. Everyday is an adventure in the life of a teach! The best way to model independent learning is to do it yourself!
Helping students know how much time they have for a given activity has helped me. These visual timers are great! http://www.timetimer.com/store
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