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ORGANIZATION

Overview For Teachers

ORGANIZATION: The ability to manage both one’s self and one’s own time and the time of others; use resources effectively; plan and prioritize work and personal life to meet goals and deadlines; the ability to overcome procrastination.

PURPOSE: Upon completion of this module, the student will understand the importance of being organized in the classroom as well as the workplace. In addition, the objectives listed below should be met.

OBJECTIVES:

 Ability to recognize the importance of being organized

 Ability to realize how being organized affects all aspects of their life

 Ability to demonstrate organization at school, at home, and at work

OVERVIEW:

This module focuses on teaching students the importance of being organized and having good organizational skills. Students will come to realize how organization can affect their success in the future at school and at work . In addition, students will have an opportunity to gain an understanding of the importance of effectively managing time and resources by participating in various activities designed to stimulate thought and discussion.

TEACHERS: WHAT ARE YOU OBSERVING?

What does organization look like in the classroom or in school in general? A great way to answer this and get things going is through engagement with the students. Ask your students these questions:

1. What does organization look like in class?

2. How does your organization affect other students? Example: Homework, group projects, sports, etc.

3. What does being organized look like within your learning?

RELEVANCY OF ORGANIZATION:

Employers have stated that organization, including the ability to plan and prioritize work, is vital to the success of an individual. Good organizational skills are also important outside of the workplace in order to meet goals and deadlines.

LESSON:

Social Media and Procrastination
Time Allocation: 20  minutes
Materials/Resources: computers/ tablets/ smartphones ( students - optional), whiteboard, markers, paper, pens/ pencils, poster board, tape

 

WATCH THE VIDEO:


ANTICIPATORY SET IDEA:

 Ask students to raise their hand if they’ve ever procrastinated before. (All the students will probably raise their hand.)

 Now tell students they are going to participate in a poll to find out the most popular way to procrastinate.

 Write the following items on the whiteboard or use the online poll maker to generate an online poll.

     o Question: How do you procrastinate?

           Watching TV/ movies  Scrolling through social media

           Hanging out with friends

           Playing video games

     o Link: https:/ / www.poll -maker.com/

 Tally up the results from the poll and announce to the students which one received the most votes.

     o To align well with the lesson, “scrolling through social media” would receive the most votes but if that doesn’t happen, have a short

      discussion about the student’s number one choice and why they choose to do that. Then inform them that today’s topic will be the

      issue of social media and procrastination.


DIRECT INSTRUCTION:

 Ask students to raise their hand if they use any of the social media platforms:

     o Facebook

     o Instagram

     o Snapchat

     o Twitter

     o Vine

 Now, ask students how much time they spend each day on social media and have a few students share their estimates.

 Then, ask students the following questions: o Why do you procrastinate?

     o Why is procrastination a problem?

     o Do you think more people are prone to procrastinating now rather than in the past? Why or why not?

 Share the news article with the student either electronically or print out a copy for each student. Have them read it individually and then discuss the article with a partner.

     o Link: https:/ / www.huntnewsnu.com/ 2014/ 12/ nu -students -admit -social-media -as -largest -source -of- procrastination/


GUIDED ACTIVITY:

 Put students into groups of 3 -4 and have them create two lists: one list of all the ways procrastination can negatively affect you and another list of all the ways they can personally prevent procrastination.

 Give them a few minutes to brainstorm and complete these lists with their group. When time is up, have each group share their answers.

 Then, have the class decide on the top three ways to avoid procrastination. Write these on a poster board and hang it in the classroom to be a visible daily reminder.


CHECK FOR UNDERSTANDING:

 Technology Use: You could create a Kahoot ( Kahoot.com) which is an interactive game that students can log into from their computers or smart phones and it will give you instant feedback.

 Non-Technology: Non-Technology: “Take and Pass” – Students will get in groups and will have one piece of paper per group. Then pose the question, “How does being organized affect your life?” One student will start and will write their response on the piece of paper. When they finish, they will pass it to the person on their right and they will then  write down their response. Students will continue to write down their responses and pass the piece of paper until time is up. When time is up, students will debrief and will then share their responses with the class.

ETHICAL SCENARIO--Optional (if not using, skip  to "review and closing")

The Ethical Choice Scenarios have been developed to provide teachers with the ability to make the material applicable to real-life and relevant to the students. Within this guide, directions and prompts for the teacher will be in BLUE for ease of facilitation.

 

READ THE FOLLOWING SCENARIO OUT LOUD TO THE STUDENTS: 

TWO PLACES AT ONCE

You are the type of person who is friends with everyone at school. You play several sports and belong to numerous clubs and all of them are very different from each other. For example, you play hockey and soccer, so you have friends from your sports teams. You are in Chess Club and Drama club so you have friends from those clubs as well. You just recently became part of Student Government and the Youth Mentor Program and have gained multiple friendships from those too. You enjoy having such a different variety of friends but with those differences, come difficulties as well.

 

It’s Friday night and you promised your soccer teammates that you’d come to the team party to celebrate your recent victory over your school’s rival. As you start getting ready for the party, your friend from Drama Club texts you asking what time you should meet at the theater. You completely forgot that you told your Drama Club friends that you’d go see the new play tonight with them . This isn’t the first time you’ve double -booked yourself and committed to plan s with two different groups of friends. You don’t know what to do; you don’t want to make either group of friends mad or upset with you but you also can’t be in two places at once. What do you do?


ASK THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS: (display them to the class if necessary)

1. How many of you have already been faced with this scenario in real life?

2. What are the possible options for you in this situation?

3. What are possible positive or negative consequences for you, depending on your decision?


GUIDED DISCUSSION: ASK STUDENTS TO SHARE THEIR THOUGHTS ON THE SITUATION AND HOW THEY
ANSWERED THE QUESTIONS.

NOTE 1 : To help facilitate discussion, share any personal experiences you may have encountered with this same sort of issue.

NOTE 2 : Another option to foster further critical thinking is to then ask students , “ What can you do to avoid this situation and not accidentally double -book yourself in the future?”

NOTE 3 : Another option to foster further critical thinking is to then ask students , “ W hat values do you think are in tension here, why is it an ethical dilemma?”


CLOSING DISCUSSION: ASK THE STUDENTS , “ “ WHAT LONGTERM IMPACTS COULD YOUR DECISION HAVE ON YOUR REPUTATION OR YOUR FRIENDSHIPS ?”


REVIEW AND CLOSING:

 Share the following quote with the class to end the lesson:

     o “Many great things can be done in a day if you don’t always make that day tomorrow.” --Unknown

CORRELATION TO OBSERVATION TOOL: The Frequency Observation Tool (FOT) has a category where students will be observed and rated on their ability to overcome procrastination . This lesson will give students the opportunity to realize how much time they spend on social media and how their current procrastination can affect them on a daily basis.


DIFFERENTIATED INSTRUCTION IDEAS
-Visual: Visual learners will benefit from having the three tops ways to stop procrastinating hanging in the classroom as a daily reminder.

-Auditory: Auditory learners will benefit from the group and class discussions.

-Kinesthetic: Kinesthetic learners would benefit from the movement involved in participating in the poll (if done on the whiteboard) or it would be beneficial to them to have the option to move around the classroom as they read/ think. They will also benefit from the writing activity.

-ESL: ESL students will benefit from working with a group in this activity in case they have questions or need clarification.

-At-risk: At -risk students would benefit from working with a partner for some extra interaction to keep them on task and focused.

-Advanced: Advanced learners could benefit from helping the other students who rated their understanding o f the lesson on a low level. They could partner up with one of those students or get together a group of students who need help.

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