Mark Hely says that the most important things that make him so organised are his routines and habits.
A routine is “a sequence of actions regularly followed; a fixed program.”
A habit is “an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary: the habit of looking both ways before crossing the street.”
“What are your routines and habits? How do they help you to be organised?
Make a comment to share the most effective routines and habits in your life.
What are the main messages in this presentation?
What tools, attitudes and actions can you use to be more organized?
What are the main messages of Mr. Param’s presentation?
What tools/techniques/habits could you use?
Watch these video clips again. If possible, watch them with an adult at home – your parents, your maid, your grandmother, your older brother? Discuss the video and then make a comment to tell us what you think about these questions:
- How do you think James’ house got so bad?
- How do you think James’ life will change now his house is clean?
- Do you think you could ever end up living like James? Why? Why not?
As I am sure you are all aware the world has changed since I was at school and I was wondering what skills the children of today will need in the future.
I have been working with a fantastic group of teachers on a document that highlights the areas students and teachers need to focus on. I am really interested in getting your feedback on this.
So here is what I am asking of you:
- Do you feel the diagram is effective? Why
- Does it cover the skills that students will need to have in the future?
- Does the wording of the skills make sense?
- Is there anything missing?
Framework for Learning
Students of the today and of the future will need to:
Investigating is to carry out a purposeful inquiry or research to discover new information and create new understandings. Through investigation learners critically evaluate a variety of sources, making connections and synthesising findings to apply knowledge to real-life contexts.
Creating is a process through which learners are provided with an opportunity to be innovative. Learners construct meaning, apply critical thinking and original ideas to real world situations, and share knowledge through self-expression, problem posing and solving, and reflection.
Communicating is the exchange of information with varied audiences using a range of media and formats. Effective communicators build cultural understanding, make informed choices when deciding on tools to articulate meaning, and provide relevant, significant feedback to others.
Collaboration is the process through which learners validate and negotiate ideas and reach a deeper understanding through active participation in creating and sharing knowledge. Learners are empowered through digital mediums and environments to gain a wider perspective and global understanding.
Organizing is the structure or arrangement of connected items. Learners understand that ICT systems can be used to inform, adapt, manage and problem solve during their creative, communicative, collaborative and investigative processes. Learners make connections, transfer existing knowledge and independently explore new technologies.
Being responsible involves making ethical and informed choices while acting with integrity and honesty. In a globally connected digital world, learners are empowered to be responsible for their actions, value others’ rights and practice safe and legal behavior.
We are about to start a new unit of inquiry, so we need our classroom to be a “blank canvas”. This means that it is all clear and ready for new, relevant things to go on the walls. I really believe that we shouldn’t have things on the wall if they are not relevant any more. Kids should be surrounded by the thoughts and ideas that mean something to them now.
I gave the kids a big list of things that needed to be done, and I gave them an hour and a half to do them. They really took the job seriously and took responsibility for clearing, tidying and organizing the room to suit their needs.
Kids… what did you do during the BIG cleanup? Make a comment to tell us.
Over the past couple of weeks, I have noticed that Sujinna and Sasha’s desk has been getting more and more covered with post-it notes. I really liked what I saw because it looked as though they were really trying to use strategies to be more organized, so I decided to speak to them about it.
Sujinna: I am using three different colours. The pink post-its are information that I have found out about the impact of computers on the environment. The green post-its are information about the impact of televisions on the environment. The orange post-its are things I need to work on or find out more about.
Sasha: My post-its show where I got my information from. The green post-its show the information that I got from researching on the computer and in books. The pink ones are information that I got from speaking to other people.
Both girls said that using a strategy like this makes it much easier to be organized and to keep track of what you are thinking and learning about. I am looking forward to seeing more interesting ways to be organized in the future!