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The THREE levels of planning
- May 15, 2018
- Jared Wells
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Students MUST master all of them! For many of the students for whom provide academic support, struggling with class material is simple a symptom of the real problem, which is executive function challenges. This is why in our work with students, from test prep to class support, we emphasize planning and executing plans. When students think about planning, they think about their planner, which, to most students, is a notebook in which they write down when things are due. This, while important, is not really a plan (which is a step-by-step process of how, and when, the task will be completed). That said, helping student learn how to plan, schedule, estimate how long tasks will take, etc, is only one piece of the puzzle. There are actually THREE levels of planning, all of which are vital to successful planning -Planning to plan -Planning -Planning to execute
- Planning to plan: Planning is a task like any other (though I’d argue it’s the keystone task: much of the success of your day can depend on whether you did a good job of planning it!). And, since we know that planning how and when a task will be completed is how we can best make sure the task is accomplished well and on time, it stands to reason that we need to plan to plan! Making planning into a habit requires doing the same thing we do to make anything a habit: a regular time and place to get it done, and a clear process of how we do it. Otherwise, planning just becomes another task that might get done when we think of it.
- Planning: You’ve got a list of tasks that need to be accomplished, and by when they need to be accomplished. Planning is the process of scheduling those items and making sure that we have all the information and materials that we need in order to get those things done in the time allotted.
- Planning to execute: So your student has his or her plan all written out and scheduled. Great! Now it is time to anticipate the most likely reasons that the tasks will not be accomplished as planned, and create plans to deal with them. Is a student's phone going to be a distraction? What can we do about that, now, to ensure that it won’t be? Does the student forget materials at school? What can he or she do to make sure that all materials are in the backpack where they are needed? Each time we fail to execute a plan, we have an opportunity to learn a little bit about the things that get in our way, and a chance to problem solve so that that obstacle will not stop us next time.
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