Get Your Groove: Organize Your Homework & Life

$7.00 / week

In this on-going, weekly check-in for TEENS, students get help organizing their lives so they learn the skills to independently have success managing schoolwork, sports, family responsibilities, and extracurricular activities.

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Organize your Homework, Sports, Etra-Curriculars, and Life!

As students work through middle school and high school, we want them to be independent and successful in managing their lives: how they plan and spend their time, keep track of homework, organize long-term school projects, complete chores and other family responsibilities, and participate in sports and extra-curricular activities without losing their minds. It’s a lot to manage!

A Weekly Check-In

This class, which is a weekly check-in, will be the accountability and support students need as they manage their busy schedules. Students receive individual support in planning their time while learning how to eventually do all of this independently. For example, if students have a science project to complete, Mrs. Lemons will teach them to read all the instructions, look at due dates, and how to use their calendar or planner to schedule their science work around their sports schedule and other homework assignments. In each class, the instructor asks students to look ahead at their weekly calendar (paper, ical, or Google calendar). Then they update their weekly agenda that has a daily checklist of things to do. When they’re done with that, they check their grades and deal with anything that may be wrong. Maybe they need to email the teacher, or finish a missing assignment, etc. When this is complete, we discuss an aspect of intentional living. Some weeks we will talk about how their living spaces are organized and they’ll plan to organize their closet, bathroom, or desk. Some weeks we will talk about important people in their lives and how to make intentional time for those relationships. In other weeks, we will talk about habits and how to avoid bad habits like procrastination and develop better habits. We talk about habit-bundling to get things done we don’t like to do. We accomplish a lot in a short period of time. The chatbox is used extensively, so the instructor can have conversations with multiple students at the same time.

As a weekly subscription class, students will also get to know each other and will encourage one another to follow through on the plan they create. We will celebrate each other’s successes and encourage and support each other when mistakes and even failures happen.

Skills to be learned and mastered:
1. How to maintain a calendar (paper or digital)
2. How to subscribe to digital calendars
3. How to listen to each of their teachers and record due dates in their calendars
4. How to plan homework and study time around sports and extra-curricular activities
5. How to contribute to their family by doing chores and helping their parents without being asked
6. How to use resources (teachers, counselors, websites, etc) to solve their own problems
7. How to muster the courage to talk to a teacher when problems arise
8. How to set short-term and long-term goals in many different areas of their lives
9. To understand that success in school and life is possible for every single person, regardless of life’s circumstances.

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The Lemons-Aid Way: Our Approach to Teaching & Learning is Explicit!

Explicit teaching is a method of instruction students desperately need! It is the opposite of a constructivist philosophy whereby students ponder and explore to construct meaning themselves. Well…

Instead of leaving students to magically figure out how to write an essay, we teach explicitly, which is backed by a large body of evidence, and it’s how Mrs. Lemons teaches her undergraduate and graduate teacher-candidates in college to teach! We do it this way because it’s how kids learn.

Explicit instruction is “a structured, systematic, and effective methodology for teaching academic skills. It is called explicit because it is an unambiguous and direct approach to teaching that includes both instructional design and delivery procedures. Explicit instruction is characterized by a series of supports or scaffolds, whereby students are guided through the learning process with clear statements about the purpose and rationale for learning the new skill, clear explanations and demonstrations of the instructional target, and supported practice with feedback until independent mastery has been achieved.”
-Explicit Instruction: Effective and Efficient Teaching by Anita L. Archer and Charles A. Hughes.

Anita Archer trained Mrs. Lemons in workshops, and it changed her teaching. Read a little more about the research behind explicit teaching here and here.

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