yes children, remember, there is only School. no rest. what does “physical and mental wellbeing” mean
what the actual fuck
what is this fixation with productivity holy shit
"No fellow citizen #45465, you may not sit down for a break, you must meet your labour quota for this hour or you will forfeit your productivity ”bonus” pay. Produce and consume, Fellow Citizens!”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stakhanovite_movement I’m just gonna leave this here.
The fixation with productivity is that a lot of kids haven’t yet learned the skills on how to manage themselves and their work. I have really self-aware students, and the first week I asked what they need to work on and almost everyone said procrastination and time management. It’s a common issue, they know it’s a common issue, and it’s irresponsible to not make kids look at their own time and figure out the best way to use it.
This page doesn’t say SPEND ALL TIME ON SCHOOL. it says record HOW YOU SPEND YOUR TIME (like an hour nap - that might be very necessary, but you need to know to build it in if so) — not as a way to monitor, but as a way for the kid to learn what his or her own schedule is like.
And it’s okay to spend some time being “unproductive” but a LOT of kids (and adults) spent way more time with these things than they should and then they come in crying that they couldn’t finish the work. Instead of saying, “That’s your own damn fault,” this says, “Let’s figure out how you can actually make room to get your responsibilities met.”
I absolutely as a teacher (a) asked every parent to tell me what an average evening schedule is, because kids have different family commitments, commutes, bedtimes, etc, and (b) am making the kids record how long each homework takes them.
No, I’m sorry, but the way this page is phrased sounds like it’s far from figuring out the average evening to make things easier. A full day schedule down to the minute from 12:00 til 23:59, and finding ways you can substitute schoolwork for other activities that are deemed unproductive- by what standards? The mentioned nap is unproductive, apparently. What else is? And why give an example that suggests that instead of resting for an hour after a day’s work, you work some more? And that’s the minimum: at least an hour, it says. At the very start, it makes a very strong suggestion that rest is not productive and not important.
If this is supposed to be truly helpful then I think it needs to be written differently because right now it sounds like it’s a reminder that if you’re not studying at home in addition to studying at school, you’re being unproductive, and that you should be able to ascribe value to every activity you do in the day, with studying taking priority over everything.
I mean unless this is a one-time project just meant to get kids thinking about how they spend their time, but I feel like it doesn’t say any of the things you allowed for, such as rest and unproductive time being okay. Your a) and b) are totally different things.
I have no idea what the context is and what age bracket it’s aimed at, though. But in terms of figuring out how best to arrange the day, it’s not helpful. All it says is ‘schoolwork is most important’.
It does look like a one-time activity — they want the student to outline an A day and a B day (many middle/high schools alternate schedules, so this makes sense for accounting for different classes on different days) and then turn it in with their analysis.
I obviously disagree about whether a nap is productive — I would’ve given an example more like “an hour of playing minecraft” — but there are a lot of students who struggle in school or can’t get homework done not because of an inability or Too Much Homework, but because they don’t know how to manage their time.
I’d except a kid to be able to say: okay, my 30 violin practice is productive, my 45 min family dinner is required/productive, my 10 min organizing my homework is productive, my 34 minutes doing homework was productive but the 13 minutes I spent looking up unrelated stuff on wikipedia was not, my 45 min nap is healthy but not accomplishing anything, my 43 min of watching my favorite show is unproductive, and my 80 minutes on tumblr is mostly unproductive. The important thing with the categories is seeing how much time is spent on which things. If someone is spending every waking minute being productive, they’re going to collapse. But if someone is spending an hour on productivity at home and then 45 min nap, 45 min tv, 13 min distraction, and 80 min of tumblr, they can probably “find” the extra hour of time by napping for 30 min (healthier nap anyway, cutting out the distractions, and “only” checking tumblr for 45 min instead of 80.
I’ve quickly realized over the past few weeks how things that seem obvious to me about how to get things done on time aren’t instinctual, but are things we learn, often through a lot of trial and error. This exercise forces a student to be self-aware, figure out their relationship to time, and not waste it.
My students? They aren’t great at this yet, and it hurts them. Why? They don’t know how to manage their evening time and then they need to finish their work so they stay up until midnight. Like, better to cut out the minecraft and tumblr and get a full night’s sleep. That’s physical and emotional health.
I don’t like the first two comments’ implication that the assumption is ALL WORK CONSTANT WORK NO BREAK, because that’s not in this exercise. It doesn’t say to replace all unproductive activities with productivity (and again, I think a student could make a case that something for physical or emotional well-being is productive). It says to find an hour, throughout the 24-hour day.