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!