Edutopia's blog post today, Homework, Sleep, and the Student Brain was right in line with a recent discussion I had with my students - about what homework was like “back when I was in high school”…a book, a pencil, a notebook - no phone, internet or social media distractions…It was easier to go to bed by 11PM in high school, stay healthy and earn good grades.
The distractions technology presents to students today can not be eliminated. Students need internet access to complete school assignments. For today's student, time management and the ability to stay on task are essential skills for success. To ignore distractions, students need a positive Mindset and powerful habits.
Books I recommend that address these topics include:
- Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck - start with the belief
- The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg (Specifically Chapter 3: The Golden Rule of Habit Change)
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey
- Decide: Work Smarter, Reduce Your Stress, and Lead by Example by Steve McClatchy
Sandy Aprahamian, Independent Educational Consultant, EDNavigators, LLC