3 Simple Steps to Managing Your Time More Effectively

With table loads of paper works, long list of interviewees, unending complaints from parents and an obvious need for more self-development, many school owners would be happy to have more than 24 hours in a day. Beyond school leaders’  obvious need for time management, teachers also require better time management strategies in coping with the complexities of the 21st century classroom and learners.

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Human beings and computers alike share the challenge of how to get as much done as possible in a limited time. Over the last fifty or so years, computer scientists have learned a lot of good strategies for managing time effectively — and they have a lot of experience with what can go wrong. Here are three simple steps to managing your time effectively as an educationist adapted from Brian Christian insights on how to make the most of our own lives.

 

1. Prioritise

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Some tasks may not be urgent but they are very important. Other tasks may be important but if ignored because they don’t seem urgent, the result may be counter-productive. For instance, you may decide to finish drafting the school timetable before attending to visitors. This is because every other activity in the school will be held to ransom if the timetable is not drafted whereas, only a few individuals will be affected by the delay in attending to visitors.

 

2. Schedule

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In the TED Education video below,  Computer scientist – Brian Christian discussed how spending more time on prioritising and scheduling your task leads to getting a lot more done faster. Computers schedule tasks before processing them and that is why they’ve turned out to be more reliable than most humans. Therefore, never start your day with tasks, start it with scheduling.

 

3. Eliminate Interruptions

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When computers move from one task to the other, they have to make a context switch which involves moving existing data out of its memory and moving new data in. The lesson from this is we get less done when we keep moving from one task to the other. Reducing interruptions can significantly increase productivity. Another good way to achieve this is by turning off notifications. For instance, you can insist that all phones are silent during meetings. You can also refuse to attend to any visitor or complaints during your personal study hours. What happens is you will work more deeply even if it means less broadly.

 

Summary

Just as the computer manages interruptions by grouping notifications based on how long they can wait before being attended to, prioritising, scheduling and managing interruptions will not only enable you to get more work done but also enable you to feel completely in control of your time.

 

 

GETTING AND STAYING ORGANIZED: WAYS TO HELP YOUR CHILD

 Children in the home bring joy and laughter. Sometimes, they draw you back to the past, take you down memory lane of your cherished childhood  – bring up sweet memories of you growing and how exciting it was to be at that age. Days where you didn’t have to worry about a thing-what to eat, wear and so.
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As the child grows,  things begin to appear somewhat complicated.  With the child approaching school-age, getting organized for school becomes every parent’s concern. While most parents make attempt to achieve this using strict rules and stern hands,  below are several other ways to help children become organized.

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For children between the ages 2-5, learning needs to involve playful activities such as creating a song for folding clothes, shooting hoops with their clothes into the laundry basket or tell a story. They need to be taught on picking up their clothes lying around to putting them through basic forms of cloth washing-such as their socks, pants,etc. All that needs to begin from a tender age.

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Most children tend to grow faster than their peers especially those growing with adults around. From ages 6-12, constantly reminding them to;

Arrange their beds immediately after getting up.

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A laundry bag should be available, where they can throw their dirty clothes.

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Arrange every clean clothes in their racks. This will help them see and get whatever they need faster.

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When they are back from school, school bags should be hung appropriately, uniforms should be well-kept or put in the laundry bag if dirty, and shoes should be dusted and well placed in the shoe rack.

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For a child that loves to read, a shelf should be provided for them to properly arrange in rows their books with the titles facing outside to ensure easy access.

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According to an article written by The Center for Parenting Education on the Benefits of Chores, “Children tend to excel at procrastination, excuses, resistance, and refusal when it comes to chores. This causes much concern among parents and conflict between children and their parents. Research indicates that those children who do have a set of chores have higher self-esteem, are more responsible, and are better able to deal with frustration and delay gratification, all of which contribute to greater success in school.”
Furthermore, research by Marty Rossman* shows that involving children in household tasks at an early age can have a positive impact later in life. In fact, says Rossman, “the best predictor of young adults’ success in their mid-20’s was that they participated in household tasks when they were three or four.”

Being organized is really exciting and makes one happy. Coming back to a room that is organized brings with it a certain ambiance of calmness and coziness. Bringing up a child in that way will make them feel more relaxed after a stressful school day and in the long run, learn to value an organized clean space.

Hope these tips have been helpful? You can share other ideas on how you have been able to make your child organized.

DOES GRADING DETERMINE A CHILD’S INTELLIGENCE?

For decades, grading systems have been the means through which schools relate students’ study skills to their respective parent. But does this really determine a child’s intelligence? Students have been subjected to rote-learning – ‘cramming’ rather than demonstrating the understanding of concepts.

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The grading system has been deeply institutionalized leaving students with a reason to go to any length so as to achieve a high grade to make their parents proud.

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Teachers, on the other hand, are being compelled to “grade” a student in whatever way they can. Some parents tend to put the blame on the teachers rather than ask their child what went wrong if the subject failed was difficult or they just couldn’t absorb whatever was taught.

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A child shouldn’t be forced into believing that grades are all that matters in life as this is not a major prerequisite for success. As much as we want to believe that, this is FALSE. Parents should put in an effort equal to the teachers in building up a child’s knowledge with various educational activities. Parents should also engage in the child’s school work as much as possible. Parents play a better role in encouraging their wards to read and understand their subjects rather than cramming and looking to get a high score without any evidence of being able to defend their grades outside of the school premises.

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We ought to look beyond the grades and consider how much knowledge has been impacted – how much the child has actually been able to retain through understanding rather than through rote-learning.

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Dear parent, rather than being mad at your kid(s) or their teacher for a bad grade, when next results are reported, it will be good to ask your kids how much they understand their subjects or where they excel more or what their favorite teaching/learning method is.

Classroom Games- How It Helps Kids Learning

In today’s world, the way classroom activities are being carried out, most studies involves the use of certain technologies. How then do we know how our wards are growing academically?

Like Diane Ackeman said,

“Play is our brain’s favourite way of learning”.

Introduction of classroom games can go a long way in aiding a child’s mental capabilities. When playing games, students become more engaged in their learning, taught content is easily assimilated and class positivity is increased. Here are few ways in which it is of a great advantage to our kids.

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Memory Capacity: Some games require the child doing a lot of memorizing, through this, they are able to memorize certain words and key points needed thereby increasing as well as improving their mental capabilities.

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Alert Attention: Children love games and they tend to pay more attention to what is being done or how the game is being played. This helps in building an alertness in them.

 

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Hand-Eye Coordination: This develops a child’s ability to control a mouse or keyboard while watching the screen of a system at the same time when the game is on or a manual game being played.

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New Knowledge: Various educational games open the child to new knowledge of things around them, also concerning their future studies.

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Fast Strategic Thinking and Problem Solving Capabilities: Some games require the kids to do some thinking in a fast pace. This in turn helps them grow in a smart way and aids them when it entails them to use their cognitive reasoning to solve certain life issues.

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Less Stress: Games have a way of easing tensions and stress in that they help one relax. Games such as colouring helps the child relax after the day’s activities. This also helps develop the child’s ability to art works.

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Skill Building: Skill building starts from an early age. Games that requires a child making things or developing a skill helps them when they are all grown. Example of such games includes baking, beads making etc.

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Class Cooperation: Playing games can be fun but just making our kids have fun and learning are not the only things one wants to achieve. Class cooperation is being built as a result of this. Children learning in groups brings them together to sharing ideas and working together. This in turn builds them up for the outside world.

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What are the types of games your child is involved in in school? Let’s know in what ways this has helped them. Here are schools with various activities that engage kids to have fun while learning.

To learn more on classroom games and its benefits visit teachhub, teachtaught.

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