DUO Inspirations Discusses the Importance of Homework Planning and Organization
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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How are you? Today, I would like to share with you a math resource I find to be very useful in teaching things like multiplication, division, multiples, factors, prime numbers, and composite numbers. It is a great reference for allowing students to explore and notice numerical values and associations.
It is wonderful when students can look at a reference sheet and notice the similarities and differences in numbers. Students learn more when they can make their own discoveries and associations. A factor list is a great way to encourage students to make those important discoveries and associations.
I have created a “Factors List for Numbers 1-100”. It allows you to see the factors of numbers from one to one hundred all on one page. You can easily ask students questions to guide their discoveries in such skills as multiplication, division, multiples, factors, prime numbers, and composite numbers. For example, you can ask students, “Which numbers have five as a factor?” You can ask students to notice the ending digit in each of those numbers. They will notice the numbers that are multiples of five have an ending digit of either a five or a zero. These observations will come in handy, especially in the more difficult numbers.
Some people may not know that you can learn multiplication and division from a factors list. However, it is true. It may not be in the traditional way, but you can practice multiplication and division skills with a factors list. Take this list of factors for the number 50 as an example.
50- 1, 2, 5, 10, 25, 50
From this list of factors, you can practice the multiplication facts of 1x50=50, 2x25=50, and 5x10=50. And, you can use the skill of fact families to create the other appropriate multiplication and division equations.
The study of prime and composite numbers is easy with a factors list. You can ask students to point out the numbers that have only two factors, which are the number one and the numbers themselves. You can tell students that these are prime numbers. It may even be helpful to have students put a square around the prime numbers and a circle around the composite numbers for quick reference.
Another teaching tip is that you can ask students to color code the numbers of a factors list to highlight various factors, ideas, or skills. This can be done on one factors list or may be easier to use more than one for different observations and skills.
I hope by now you see the usefulness of the “Factors List for Numbers 1-100”. If you would like to purchase the list, you can get it here. I am sure that you will be happy you did.
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