The DTA can encourage
good time-management habits
Is time management a reasonable learning objective for school? If so, how would a school teach it? Here are some suggestions.
about time management
- I don't mean tell the students about good time management.
- And then check that they remember what you told them.
- Once you hear lecture about swimming, you never forget what you learned about lectures. Talking is not teaching
- Knowledge does not make habits. Practice makes habits.
- A digital teaching assistant (DTA) can ask for and monitor practice.
- Evaluated practice can be a class requirement.
- Or it could be a rewarded action (rewards provided by teacher or parent.)
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The key elements of time management
- Todo lists
- Reminders (active calendar)
- Concrete progress checks.
Todo, schedule, reminders
- Make them class assignments.
- To be done in forms provided by the DTA.
- The teacher knows what the items should be.
- The DTA can track whether the todo list is done
- And can give a preliminary match with the teacher's list
- Digicoach can support homework in virtual worlds with JIT learning, immediate feedback
- The DTA can alert the student, parents, and teacher about the due date.
- The DTA can propose a schedule, probably just by the day (or longer time).
- Some of the times would be fixed: meetings with teachers or student groups.
- The other times might be revised and detailed to hourly by the student and parents.
- The DTA can similarly send reminders and track progress.
- In the digital campus framework, the student would be taking several courses.
- The DTA would create a combined schedule for each student.
- The DTA could offer a calendar with all times scheduled if the parent wants that.
- That calendar could include recommendations about play time.
- (Note that the digital campus could cut commuting time to little or nothing.)
- If work is done online, the DTA can monitor some kinds progress.
- It at least knows when a step is due and when the product is delivered.
- In some stages of project-based learning, the DTA may be able to give preliminary evaluation and feedback.
- In test-based learning, the DTA can give and score objective tests.
- It can give feedback on the score and might give advice on study practices.
- It can also award digital badges to mark progress and display progress charts if desired.
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