“How did I do today? What worked? What didn’t?” Great questions that each of us would do good to ask ourselves at the end of the day.
When we were designing the AgenDuh, Jeremy at Study Smarts insisted that this self-assessment step was an important part of the daily
wrap up for students. Self awareness and reflection is a key piece of improving future performance that is called out as an Academic Behavior necessary for college readiness. Students must develop the ability to reflect on what worked and what needed improvement.
Another reason for the end of the day assessment is to create a bookend to the day with the planner. We want them to start the day with the planner and a thought about study skills and their own personal motivations and to end the day with the planner and a recap of how it went.
Some schools have found the value in getting parent and teacher initials as a way to engage parents in the process of using the planner. With the inclusion of real planning tools including chores, parents have even more reason to encourage their children to use the planner both in school and out of school.
We have a beta test site that uses a “Student Planner Assessment Sheet” to help the teacher to assess the use of the planner and to give the student feedback on improvement.
Student Planner Assessment Sheet
Student Name: ___________________
5—Monthly calendar, daily planning section, and overall quality of student planner is neatly and thoroughly completed. Each day has the date properly and prominently labeled on the appropriate pages. It is evident that the student is applying the student planner to academic life and is using it as a tool for time management in academic, extracurricular, and family activities.
3—Only parts of the monthly calendar and daily planning section are complete. The overall quality and neatness of the planner indicates that the student is not taking care in managing and completing the required pages. It is evident that the student is only somewhat applying the planner to everyday life and they are not fully using it as a tool for time management in academic, extracurricular, and family activities.
1—Few, if any, parts of the monthly calendar and daily planning section are complete. The planner is sloppily maintained and is not being used as a tool for time management. The student should seek further instruction from a parent or teacher on planner expectations.