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Brian Kim: Teach kids time management

Top 5 Things That Should Be Taught In Every School

I enjoyed reading this list and was especially into number five:

#5: Time Management

Speaking of other skills that can be utilized in any job and career is time management. The majority of students never really learn to value their time and mange it while in school. Procrastination is all too rampant (studying right before class, doing homework and essays the day it’s due, partying the night before the exam). This lack of time management often carries over into adulthood, which becomes a major liability.

Learn to make a to do list. Learn to prioritize. Learn to break things down into 30 minute blocks of time. Learn about actionable items. David Allen’s GTD system is your best friend here along with Dan Kennedy’s No B.S Time Management. Again if you’re unfamiliar with these people, Google is your best friend, but I’m sure the majority of readers will know what I’m talking about.

What would you add to the list of skills you think should be taught in school?

[ via: Anarchaia (3/14/07) ]

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I think one of the...

I think one of the most important things for kids to learn is what their learning style is (are they auditory learners, visual learners, or tactile/kinesthetic learners, or a combination?). I believe that a lot of kids fall through the cracks in school because they're not being taught in a way that utilizes their own learning style. I teach a college course that has students learn about their styles and tips to maximize their potential (along with tips of how to work with people of other styles). I've lost count of how many of my students (the majority of whom are returning to college after 4-20 years away from the classroom) have said that they wish they had learned this in high school, because they would have done better. I'd be willing to be that a lot of procrastination is a learned behavior as a result of being frustrated with learning.

Check out http://agelesslearner.com/assess/learningstyle.html for the same questionnaire that's in the book the class uses (Learn More Now by Marcia Conner).




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