Anti-Bullying Video

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

All of our planners, from primary school student planners, elementary school student planners, middle school student planners, and high school student planners provide a feature  on bullying – an issue that dramatically affects the lives of many students.

Now, in addition to our regular text, we’re proud to release a new video on the subject of bullying via our brand Plannee.  We know that some students (as well as parents and teachers) appreciate receiving information in video form, so we’re turning to that medium in an effort to increase outreach. If we can communicate to more students about bullying via a video, we’ll feel we have made a contribution to this ongoing discussion about this critical issue.

 

You can view all of our brief, fact filled videos on our home page, QualityPlanners.com

A starting point for discussion on bullying and anti-bullying strategies

Our new video is designed to provide a quick introduction to the subject of bullying in less than 1 minute. The theme is a simple one: the world should be a “bully free” place and a “bully free” environment is a great place to be. In short, we want to stress the message that bullying is not normal and should never be accepted or tolerated.  While the issue of bullying (and being bullied) is very complex, we decided to emphasize one key aspect of bullying, pointing out that, in whatever form, bullies are those who abuse power over others.  It’s important that power, in itself, isn’t the issue or the problem: it is abuse of power, and most often in school situations that means size and physical strength.

Offering one recommendation

The literature on bullying is very complex, so we decided to offer one simple recommendation to everyone about bullying, whether as the target of a bully or a witness. That simple recommendation: be a friend and stick together. Many experts note that bullies are far more likely to isolate their targets. Being a friend, sticking together, can discourage a bully from picking on an individual. The video offers a very straight forward perspective, and we hope its very simplicity can prompt thought and discussion among al those involved.

We hope you enjoy the video, and we look forward to your feedback and comments.

 

 

 

 

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Healthy Eating Video

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

At QualityPlanners.com, we believe in a well rounded education, and we’re proud to provide information and tools that help students live healthy lives.

All of our planners, primary school student planners, elementary school student planners, middle school student planners and high school student planners provide features that address healthy eating and nutrition.

Now, we’re happy to begin launching a new series of videos under our Plannee brand that introduce various lifestyle topics to students.

We’re producing this series because we know that many students (as well as adults) prefer to receive information in video form.

These brief, fact filled videos can be accessed on our home page, QualityPlanners.com or directly on You Tube.

Healthy Eating and Nutrition

One of the first subjects we’re dealing with is healthy eating and nutrition.

In under 2 minutes, our video is designed to provide a concise overview of nutrition with a simple to understand main theme: “Food as Fuel.”

To help students understand the effect of food on the body, the video highlights practical and actionable facts about which foods contribute most to the health of vital organs, such as heart, liver and brain.

We offer examples so that students can immediately begin using that information to select foods appropriate to each organ.

Because we recognize that there’s still considerable confusion about what constitutes a healthy diet, our video provides a quick, easy to understand overview of recommended servings of various food groups, including:

– Fruits and Vegetables
– Grains
– Protein
– Sweets

The text is accompanied by a plate that roughly shows the recommended proportions of each group in a healthy diet, with fruits, vegetables and whole grains occupying the largest areas.

Finally, we do recognize that students being students, there will be an appetite for sweets or sugary foods. That’s why we offer a closing segment on choosing healthy snack alternatives.

We hope you enjoy the video, and we look forward to your feedback and comments.

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American Education Week

Monday, November 10th, 2014

In honor of American Education Week, which runs from November 16 – 22, 2014, we want to take a moment to acknowledge the crucial role played by educators in our society.

Educators at all levels have increasingly taken on greater responsibilities, and curricula have expanded to reflect new and far reaching roles.

Student planners, like education, extend beyond the purely academic

It’s one reason why our primary school student planners, elementary school student planners, middle school student planners, high school student planners and college planners include features that touch upon subjects beyond what were once purely academic topics.

For example, in addition to helpful student resources on numerous subject areas and calendars with generous space for tracking assignments and events, our middle school student planner includes features on subjects such as bullying and health and nutrition.

There is an anti-bullying resource guide to help students recognize and respond to bullying, including cyberbullying.

There’s also sections that provide students with solid information about food choices and nutritional guidelines.

Student planners reinforce efforts by educators

These features in our middle school student planner are intended to reinforce efforts by educators by offering information students can access in the context of their schoolwork.

At QualityPlanners.com, we know we know that students who are safe and healthy are more receptive to instruction and more likely to succeed academically.

And our middle school student planner, like all of our student planners, have been designed to assist educators, from teachers through administrators, who have been tasked, as never before, with guiding students to safe choices and healthy behaviors.

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American Education Week

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

With American Education Week running this November 16 – 22, 2014, we at QualityPlanners.com go to thinking about calendars and schedules.

Devoting one week a year to celebrating education is a start, but it doesn’t reflect the nature of the enterprise.

As anyone in education knows, despite the often repeated (and mistaken) comment that educators “have summers off,” education is a year round activity for teachers and administrators.

Every one of our student planners, from primary school student planners, elementary school student planners, middle school student planners, high school student planners and college planners is built on the foundation of a calendar for a very specific and important reason.

Using a student planner, students develop a sense of time

Time is a curious resource. To students, especially young ones, it can’t move fast enough, and it seems to stretch to infinity.

As students grow older, their sense of time doesn’t necessarily improve. Without the development of good habits, students become prone to procrastination and last minute cramming. Many become adept enough to “slide by” for a long time.

Our planners feature calendars. Just as importantly, they provide direction for getting the most out of the planners.

Students are encouraged to use the planner everyday, writing down assignments as soon as they’re given and noting when they’re due.

The entire format is designed to provide students with a sense of time as a resource to be managed – not squandered. The planner encompasses a full school year.

A planner provides the first “big picture” view for a student

This comprehensive framework may be the first “big picture” view that a student ever encounters, with room to see every important assignment, event, test and project ordered and ready to be categorized by priority.

In using one of our student planners, a student can come to see education as an ongoing process, something that fills a lifetime – and enriches a life – as well as it fills the lined spaces on consecutive pages.

That’s one of the great gifts of education provided by dedicated educators across the USA.

American Education Week, which runs from November 16 – 22, 2014, might be the only thing that a student wouldn’t write into on the calendar – but it should be!

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First Day of School

Monday, September 8th, 2014

The first day of school isn’t the “First Day of School” anymore

With Kindergarten and Pre-K and structured day care, that once common rite of passage, the “First Day of School,” doesn’t loom so large to primary school students anymore. While there’s far less separation anxiety these days, the first time children enter a classroom to begin their education, they do embark on a new journey – one that may be all the more dramatic after a summer break.

A primary school student planner designed to introduce organizational skills

At qualityplanners.com, all of our planners, from primary school student planners, elementary school student planners, middle school students planners, high school student planners to college student planners empower a student by supporting efforts to develop time management and organizational skills.

Obviously, a seasoned student and a student just starting out need different levels of support.

It is one thing to reinforce organizational skills, and something else to “introduce” them!

Our primary school student planner excels at introducing organizational skills. It is an ideal tool to be used in conjunction with a “study hour” in which parent and child can begin the routine of setting aside a designated time for school work.

Our primary school planner has been carefully designed to appeal to a youngster’s tastes. There is a simple and colorful “week at a glance” calendars to start primary school students on good time management habits.

A primary school student planner as tangible reminder of concepts encountered for the first time

Because it is never too early to introduce the concept of time management, our primary school planner offers a section for goal setting to reinforce classroom and study habits.

The primary school planner serves then as a physical and tangible reminder for concepts that are as yet very abstract to a young mind. They can hold in their hands solid reminders of the habits they are just learning to grasp.

Finally, our primary school planner acknowledges that the primary school student is just beginning to notice milestones in his or her short life. To help reinforce the habit of organizing one’s experiences, the primary school planner includes a section for the student to add “class memories.”

It all ads up to an exceptional introduction to the skill sets that will serve a student through his or her entire academic career!

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MIddle School Essays

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Middle school: Grammar and essay writing

Don’t be fooled by those who suggest that electronic media will make writing well less valuable in the future.

The ability to express an idea, summarize a finding, deliver a report remains an asset.

A good writer can distinguish him or herself as a clear thinker and a thought leader.

And on a purely pragmatic basis, writing well can dramatically distinguish one student from another by conveying a mastery of language.

Writing well emerges as a necessary skill in middle school

Learning to write well is a lifelong task, and at every level of education, students acquire increasingly sophisticated skills; but it’s especially critical in middle school.

That’s why we pack all of our planners, starting with primary school student planner, to elementary school student planner, middle school student planner and high school student planner with tips and techniques to enhance a student’s writing skills.

Our middle school student planner offers an exceptionally thorough section on writing.

It includes a Grammar and Punctuation Guide as well as a valuable 5 stage “Guide to Better Writing” process for better writing

Our middle school student planner teaches process and provides structure

First, there’s the Grammar and Punctuation Guide.

This Guide neatly summarizes proper use of punctuation, explaining each punctuation mark in clear detail.

More importantly, our 5 step “Guide to Better Writing” provides students with a mean to  structure the writing process, which is fundamental to any form of expression, whether an argument or position or a creative endeavor.

The guide take students through the complete writing process, from generating the thesis to editing.

Just as our student planners help students understand and internalize general and big picture skills such as planning and organization, our writing guide assists students in mastering very specific skills in composition.

This combination of large and small scale structure provides the ideal foundation for lasting academic success.

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Summer Learning Loss

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Over the summer months, it’s not unusual for children to lose things: a flip flop, a pair of sunglasses — even an entire weekend!

But there’s one loss that occurs over summer that’s a bit important.

We’re talking about “summer learning loss.”

One full month of learning can vanish in the summer

Summer learning loss is the phenomenon where, according to some experts, students actually score lower on “standardized tests at the end of summer than they do at the beginning of summer.”

While there’s some variation in loss among subjects, as well as income groups, the average loss is equal to approximately one month of achievement. (Full article )

Student planners; an “ideal resource” to combat summer learning loss

Thankfully, there are strategies to support retention.

Indeed, one authority notes that a student planner is “an ideal resource” for reviewing the previous year’s work. (Full article )

It’s gratifying to see that reviewing workbooks during the summer can be an effective means to “combat summer learning loss.”

At QualityPlanners.com, we develop our primary school student planner, elementary school student planner, middle school student planner and high school student planner to support student achievement during the academic year.

The planners enable a student to write down and track important instructional material so that it is always ready at hand.

In addition, our student planners come complete with a wide variety of handy resources on all key subject, so that students can remain familiar with essential concepts, terminology and facts,

So, while you may never find that lost flip flop or pair of sunglasses, or get back that “lost weekend,” at least you know your child with a student planner has at hand the means to retain the valuable knowledge he and she have acquired during the school.

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Student Planner or School Planner: What’s in a Name?

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

 

At qualityplanners.com, we hear the terms “student planner” and “school planner” used interchangeably.

People searching for student planners for middle school students, high school students, college students, and special need students seem as likely to use one term as the other.

But you might have noticed we’ve tipped our hand. We use the term “student planner.”

Yet sometimes we wonder: is it “six of one, half a dozen of the other?” Is there any logic to why some use one term and some use the other?

From time to time, the media will publish a map of the US indicating that people refer to carbonated soft drinks as “Soda,” while others say “Pop,” and still others “Coke.”

If you’re interested in this phenomenon, check out the site for yourself — http://popvssoda.com

There seem to be definite and historical regional preferences when it comes to terms.

Unfortunately, we can’t determine the same for “student planner” and “school planner.”

So we asked ourselves, Is there a generational reference for “student planner” or “school planner?”

We thought of this when recalling a funny moment in an episode of Modern Family where young Manny laments that his step-dad, Jay, “still calls the remote the clicker.”

Alas, yet again, there seems to be no generational divide when it comes to “student planner” and “school planner.”

It seems that we have reached the point of “tomato to-mah-to.”

We’d love to hear from you on this subject so send us your thoughts.

 

 

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New Character Building Content in Student Planners

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

 

Student planners are great tools for helping students learn the time management skills that are essential for academic success.

Success in School, on the Job, in Life

But student planners can also play a valuable role in supporting the personal and social values that support success in school, on the job and in life.

Middle school students, high school students, special need students and college students all benefit from messages that reinforce positive character traits.

That’s why we’re so excited about adding a new page specifically devoted to character building in our student planners.

It’s easy sometimes to forget that character is built.

Student Planners Reinforce Positive Character Traits

Younger people especially may not fully realize the power they possess to shape their characters.

It is a step by step process for students, one that needs support and reinforcement and practice — just as any academic subject.

Our new page is an ideal way to introduce and remind students about key character traits, such as fairness, confidence, respect, tolerance, self-discipline, caring, citizenship, integrity, responsibility and commitment.

Thought Provoking Questions, A Sound Reminder

Each character trait is presented with a brief series of thought provoking questions designed to encourage students to broaden their awareness of their actions and behaviors on others.

An example for the character trait Fairness are the following questions for students to think about:

    • How do I compromise with others?
    • Do I consider all points of view?
    • Do I always seek the facts before making a judgment?
    • Do I rely only on “first impressions” of others?

 

With an attractive new cover design, the page is seamlessly integrated into the school planner serving as a sound reminder of the student’s responsibility to self and others.

We also offer character words each week in our student planners. Some examples are:

    • Responsibility is being accountable and fulfilling tasks with reliability and commitment.
    • Caring is showing understanding of others by treating them with kindness and compassion.
    • Perseverance is applying yourself to worthy objectives with determination and patience.

 

Check out the new page. We think you’ll be excited about this latest addition to our student planners.

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Quality Planners Donates Planners

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Dear Mr. Fischer,

Thank you for your generous donation of the Quality Planners for our 21st Century Community Learning Centers Conference last week. We had over 100 attendees, representing over 70 grantees and more than 100 program sites, serving thousands of New York City public school youth in free afterschool programs. The planners were a huge hit—our participants snapped them up to take back to their programs to share with kids. The planners will help our program sites support their participants’ academic achievement by helping to teach them personal organizational habits.

Thank you, again, for your thoughtful donation.

Sincerely,
Sarah Jonas and the 21st CCLC NYC Resource Center Team

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