Creating Doers & Finishers:Cultivating Task Planning Skills     Within Your Students          Gary J. Williams, Ed.D.     ...
How would you prioritize the                                   following?•   You have a 10-page research paper due next we...
Today’s Agenda:• Explore: What planning challenges do students present?• The consequences of poor planning• Goals of Teach...
Task Planning:• Defined: Task-orientation with precision.• The ability to break larger expectations into specific tasks  t...
Task PlanningWhy do so many students struggle with Task Planning?
Task Planning• Some Reasons for Task Planning Struggles:  Procrastination  Low Motivation  Unclear goals/purpose/direct...
Task Planning• Consequences of Poor Planning:  Decreased effectiveness  Lower grades  Lower completion/persistence  Lo...
Goals for Task Planning• Encourage students to take an active role in mapping their  future aspirations.• Develop passion ...
Task Planning• How do we teach effective task planning?  Integrated Classroom Activities  Case-studies, Class dialogues ...
Task Planning Concepts:Activities that Introduce Task Planning Concepts …  Case Study: “The Procrastinators” (On Course, ...
Case Study: “The Procrastinators”
The Procrastination Game:           Source: http://media.elsweb.org/node/1868
The Time Matrixfor College Students           Adapted from Steven Covey: The 7 Habits of Highly-Effective People
32-Day ProjectThe 32-day S.M.A.R.T. Goal Project...  Students undertake a self-improvement project that they   develop fr...
32-Day Project
Using To-Do Lists
Modeling Task PlanningStructure your course around planning.  Syllabus, Assignment Lists  Require students to carry a pl...
Effective Task Planning• Discuss Prioritizing consistently.• Practice effective task planning as a class:     Devote clas...
Task PlanningWhat are some of your strategies for encouraging students       to employ effective task planning practices?
Questions?Gary J. Williams, Ed.D.Professor/Instructional Assessment SpecialistCrafton Hills College, Yucaipa, CA(909) 389-...
Cengage Learning Webinar, College Success, Creating Doers & Finishers: Cultivating Task Planning Skills within your students
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A challenge common to students entering college is learning how to manage the burden of multiple, competing assignments, projects, papers and deadlines. While some of our students have a knack for planning and completing tasks, many students struggle to master these critical life skills. This April 23, 2013 webinar presented by Gary J. Williams, Ed.D. of
Crafton Hills College, offered novel approaches for transforming your students into "doers" and "finishers."

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  • Creating Doers  & Finishers:  Cultivating Task Planning skills within your students. A challenge common to entering college students is learning how to manage  the burden of multiple, competing assignments, projects, papers and deadlines.  While some of our students have a knack for planning and completing tasks,  many students struggle to master this critical life skill.  This interactive webinar will present novel approaches to transforming students into “doers” and “finishers.” 
  • (e.g. Why are some students such poor planners?)
  • Exploration of everyday tasks we do instinctively E.g. Making a sandwich, driving to campus, “ Why do some tasks come easily, and others are elusive?
  • Math Analogy
  • Cengage Learning Webinar, College Success, Creating Doers & Finishers: Cultivating Task Planning Skills within your students

    1. 1. Creating Doers & Finishers:Cultivating Task Planning Skills Within Your Students Gary J. Williams, Ed.D. Crafton Hills College Yucaipa, CA
    2. 2. How would you prioritize the following?• You have a 10-page research paper due next week for which you have scant notes.• There are 3 messages from your mother that states “Call Me Back Immediately!”• You haven’t studied for your History Mid-term tomorrow.• Your girl/boy friend won’t return your calls or text messages.• One of your study group partners sent an email expressing frustration that you didn’t show for today’s review session.• The rash you noticed in that part of your back you cannot reach is getting redder and more uncomfortable.• Your car didn’t start yesterday and you need to get to campus.• Your friends are inviting you to a party tonight.• You haven’t eaten anything all day.• You’ve had 4 hours sleep in the last 72 hours.
    3. 3. Today’s Agenda:• Explore: What planning challenges do students present?• The consequences of poor planning• Goals of Teaching Task Planning• Introducing Planning Concepts• Examples of activities
    4. 4. Task Planning:• Defined: Task-orientation with precision.• The ability to break larger expectations into specific tasks to be completed, usually under deadline.• The ability to set goals, and formulate steps to completion• The ability to follow instructions, execute a sequence of steps, e.g. Lab or Clinical procedures• “Staying on Task” “Task-master”• Being a Finisher = Success
    5. 5. Task PlanningWhy do so many students struggle with Task Planning?
    6. 6. Task Planning• Some Reasons for Task Planning Struggles:  Procrastination  Low Motivation  Unclear goals/purpose/direction  In need of Organization Skills  Living in “the Great Void” …
    7. 7. Task Planning• Consequences of Poor Planning:  Decreased effectiveness  Lower grades  Lower completion/persistence  Lower self-efficacy/self-confidence  Feeling of victimization  Diminished chances of success
    8. 8. Goals for Task Planning• Encourage students to take an active role in mapping their future aspirations.• Develop passion within students to forge their own path.• Empower students to take purposeful actions.• Distinguish between actions that are important and urgent.• Recognize the presence of ‘time traps’• Persist in the face of obstacles.• Behavioral Change: Adopt new tools and strategies for self-management.
    9. 9. Task Planning• How do we teach effective task planning?  Integrated Classroom Activities  Case-studies, Class dialogues  Modeling Effective planning, emphasizing deadlines, scheduling tasks & intermediate steps.  Out-of-class projects & activities.
    10. 10. Task Planning Concepts:Activities that Introduce Task Planning Concepts …  Case Study: “The Procrastinators” (On Course, Skip Downing)  The Procrastination Game  Prioritizing events: Urgency vs. Importance  What causes us to perform some tasks automatically, and others take effort  80-20 Rule: 80% of your results comes from 20% of your effort.  In-Class Debate: Paper vs. Electronic Which kind of planner is best?  Effective Collaboration: How planning can make a group project a rewarding experience.
    11. 11. Case Study: “The Procrastinators”
    12. 12. The Procrastination Game: Source: http://media.elsweb.org/node/1868
    13. 13. The Time Matrixfor College Students Adapted from Steven Covey: The 7 Habits of Highly-Effective People
    14. 14. 32-Day ProjectThe 32-day S.M.A.R.T. Goal Project...  Students undertake a self-improvement project that they develop from beginning-to-end  Skills Involved:  Self-improvement  Goal-setting  Planning of tasks/steps  Tracking progress  Follow-through  Motivation  Using resources effectively.  Self-exploration & discovery ... what works/doesn’t work.
    15. 15. 32-Day Project
    16. 16. Using To-Do Lists
    17. 17. Modeling Task PlanningStructure your course around planning.  Syllabus, Assignment Lists  Require students to carry a planner and write in them.  Write upcoming deadlines on the board.  build in structure consistently.  Stress “Chunking” -- dividing up tasks, information in pieces easy to understand/organize & manipulate.
    18. 18. Effective Task Planning• Discuss Prioritizing consistently.• Practice effective task planning as a class:  Devote class time to discussion/planning of upcoming assignments.• Set Intermediate deadlines for projects.  Topic Proposals, Initial Outline/Draft, Final Draft  Reward the completion of intermediate tasks.• Grading rubric that includes criteria for planning steps.
    19. 19. Task PlanningWhat are some of your strategies for encouraging students to employ effective task planning practices?
    20. 20. Questions?Gary J. Williams, Ed.D.Professor/Instructional Assessment SpecialistCrafton Hills College, Yucaipa, CA(909) 389-3567gwilliams@craftonhills.edu

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