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  • in reply to: Little help for a newbie? #79070

    Loaded question. FYI, I’m 48.
    When I’m good, I rely on 1 paper / many lists.
    3 columns (1,2,3)
    1 (RED)- A projects / needs to be done this week or today / do it in excel as it is easier to move items around / BOLD letters or colors for critical needs
    2 (Yellow) – B projects (really sidelined A projects) / working on or keeping an eye one
    3a (Green) – C projects – things you are thinking of and don’t want to forget. Likely to become an A or B when it is closer to critical.
    3b (Blue) – PERSONAL – items you need to remember for yourself
    I also color coded my excel headers in pure red, yellow, green, and blue. My tasks then fell under the columns which had color headings.
    As time moves on, As will get checked off and replaced with new targets for the week. Bs naturally will move into As or get finished and moved off.
    Cs often hang around and either get reprioritized or eliminated over time.
    Whenever anything gets more critical – reassess, should they be A B or C
    When you get overwhelmed, do A1, A2, A3 by priority level. When working as an executive, I always had more than 1 priority being tossed at me at work.

    Steven Covey has a great system to learn from as well.

    in reply to: Looking for any help teachers or parents #79069

    Sounds to me like he is a bit lost and behind, so he’s giving up on trying. As a Mom, I spend countless after school hours working with my child to cross check what she is doing. I look for weekly homework to see if she is falling behind, way behind, or what subjects she is doing well in. Look at percentages, not 123 scores which tell you nothing. There is nothing more demotivating than being lost on a subject from years past and not having someone to help you catch up. The HS tutors only help a little.

    We are due for an IEP this month. I am curious to see if it will really do anything. Due to complications, my daughter is off meds (tried once). We have constant homework battles and it takes her a long time to get any writing done that is acceptable. I have found great articles and downloads (free) from Additude Magazine. Just found one tonight on how to help kids write.

    Be your child’s advocate. The school is required to help them be successful. As parents though….we all need to continually search and reach out for tricks of the trade that other people have learned.

    Take things one day at a time. If he is behind, try to get back to where he got lost and work forward, along with trying to keep up with daily demands. Be on top of them for a daily planner and writing things down, and checking it off together each night. Review all the homework. If he failed, ask to take it again and ask for help. We all know, the further we move onward, the more difficult it will become – especially if you lost a step in a prior grade level.

    For not sitting down….maybe look into meds. It really did help my daughter on that front, and focus….but other side effects were too much and we also have other factors unnamed that affect things. Hugs and best wishes to you and your son. We will all figure out a way to help them be successful. Breathe, and try to maintain patience.

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