How are you today? I hope you are well. Today, I would like to talk about homework planning and organization. I don’t know how it was for you, but I had a separate little notebook that I wrote assignments in back in the day. It was helpful, but didn’t do enough. It wasn’t big enough to see the whole picture and I wasn’t always good about looking back to see if I had any big projects due or anything like that. How did you write down assignments? How do your students write down assignments today? Do they write down assignments?
Organization and planning are important skills that students will use not only in school, but also for the rest of their lives in all that they do. Yet, they are skills that are often overlooked. Do you teach your students homework planning and organization?
DUO Inspirations created a “Homework Planning Packet” that is meant to encourage organization and planning, as well as the completion of homework. It comes with a “Homework Planning Chart” page where students can write down class, date, assignment, due (date), materials, and progress. It also comes with a “Homework Project Planner” page that can be used to plan bigger projects. The latter entails class, project name, date given, date due, materials needed, and steps with a place to check off the steps as they are completed.
The “Homework Planning Packet” can be used in many ways. Print enough pages as necessary to use for the entire school year. Use the “Homework Planning Chart” day-by-day or class-by-class. If you want to save paper, print only a few of each, laminate them, and fill them out with dry erase pens.
Teachers can use the pages of the “Homework Planning Packet” to teach a class on organization and planning. Discuss the importance of planning and organization with students, and then walk them through the steps. This is particularly helpful when planning bigger projects. Teach students to break bigger projects down into manageable steps and work on them gradually instead of leaving everything for the last minute.
You can check out the “Homework Planning Packet” here. It will be a helpful resource for you and your students.
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