Help students become aware that all decisions have consequences, and teach them how to identify an issue, list possible decisions and consequences for each choice, and use the information to make an informed decision.
Show students the importance of self-monitoring their own projects, and teach them how to finish academic tasks by establishing checkpoints to look back at their work in order to track their progress and see the project through to completion.
Demonstrate how to identify school obligations and block out distractions in a lesson that targets students’ abilities to prioritize and defeat procrastination in order to properly manage their most important activities and interests.
Model effective and responsible planner use to students in order to build positive organizational habits and keep track of events, activities, and assignments, and to help students determine their priorities.
Teach students how to relieve the stress of bigger projects by breaking them down into smaller manageable steps and by self-monitoring their own progress throughout a project to see it through to completion.
Examine the differences between middle and high school with students and help them to understand the new routines and opportunities they will encounter, and how they can utilize positive self-management skills to conquer the new challenges.
Build a routine with students that centers around using their planners for extracurricular activities and other events that extend beyond academics, and highlight how they can tame the wildness of their life schedules.