When students are invited into the process of managing their learning they are empowered with greater self-management and earned responsibility throughout life.
Students who learn the value of self-management in their early years are much more likely to demonstrate success in taking personal responsibility for their actions.
Yorktown Education students, Alexis and Brandon Foster are excellent examples of self-management. When the Foster siblings asked to finish the last three months of school in Colorado, they were granted permission to do so. Why? Because they had demonstrated the needed self-management and personal responsibility it takes to follow through, stick with their assignments, and get the work done.
There are useful tools and exercises we use at Yorktown Education to help students achieve better self-management. One important exercise is about collaborating with others within a team.
Collaborating to Make a Great Team
When students co-create an agreement or contract with their team, it becomes a great tool for helping them own their actions when it comes to self-management. Even though the school has rules, students may not relate to them as much, but when they create their own parameters, they are more likely to follow the teams’ guidelines.
Task Lists and Accountability
Task lists are a great way to give a specific team member a certain task. There can be a section for teachers, team leaders, and others to sign off on when tasks are completed. Task lists are also effective tools for assessment and conversations.
Checklists for Balance and Self-Assessment
Checklists are a proven tool for self-management and assessment tools also make good management tools as they promote, goal setting and ownership of the work. When students co-create these tools they tend to understand and take ownership of what’s expected of them. Students can use them to assess themselves and their peers, to help manage projects, and to keep momentum in the learning process.
Time Tracking Instills Efficiency
When students keep track of how long they spend on tasks, assignments, or collaborative work, they are learning time management skills. They can do this over the course of a week or longer. Some students find it helpful to do daily time tracking for even better efficiency. Once their time is documented, it gives students a way to reflect on how they might use their time more effectively.
Flexible Environment. More Choices.
Different students need different environments in which to learn and study. Some students need quiet zones while others need collaboration and conversation with other students. Some students work well sitting on the floor, while others prefer standing desks, or sitting near a window. There are many possibilities for meeting students’ needs in classroom seating and at Yorktown, we allow students to select their spaces to work and learn, further encouraging self-management skills.
Goal Setting Boosts Achievement
All of the tools mentioned here provide great opportunities for students to reflect on how they have learned and what tools work best for them; then moving forward to set their goals.
Overall, the best tool for self-management is engagement, but even when students are engaged, they still need tools to manage themselves. For every different student, there is a need for a different tool. They must have the opportunity to discover what tool works best for them. Once they do, they are able to take more ownership in managing their learning, become more independent thinkers, and retain skills they will use for a lifetime. Find out more about Yorktown Education and how we can help your child learn self-management skills. Contact us and schedule a tour!