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6 questions students should ask themselves before finishing work

If you’re anything like me, you try to complete assignments as quickly as possible. Especially ones that are less than exciting. I’m looking at you trigonometry! Anyway, enough hating on math. Let’s talk about effective learning strategies and making learning really ‘stick’ with students.
One of the best ways to ensure adequate understanding of key concepts is through the usage of personal assessments.
This doesn’t mean students need to take a quiz after every assignment they complete.
Far from it.
Instead, students should pose the following 6 questions before finishing work. They’re designed to promote effective learning as well as a deeper understanding. That sounds good, to be sure. But the real story is this:
These questions make a student actually take a step back and think about what they just learned. This is as opposed to someone like me saying ‘okay I have mastered the concept, time to move on as fast as possible.’ Instead, students are tasked with asking themselves a few questions that will help them better grasp concepts and overall themes that might have otherwise gone unnoticed.

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6 questions students should ask themselves before finishing work

  1. Did I do my best?
  2. Did I include everything that was required? Did I check the success criteria?
  3. Did I seek, listen to, accept, and use peer / teacher feedback?
  4. Is there anything I can improve?
  5. Is there a way for me to go above and beyond?
  6. Am I satisfied that this is the best I can do?

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How (and why) teachers should start saying 'no'

Teachers have a lot to do. There’s always some background buzz going on between the “oh you get out at three and have summers off” haters and the “we work hundreds of hours a week and we hate you for implying we don’t work hard” crowds.
Like most things in life, the truth is hanging out somewhere in the middle. Sure, there are perks of teaching – like not being shackled to a 9-5 cubicle and getting what is probably more time “off” than traditional office workers in the summer, and it has it’s drawbacks too – like finding yourself grading papers until 1am or stuck after school till 6 helping students who are having trouble with a concept.
But we aren’t here to talk about just *how* hard teachers work. We’re talking about how saying no can help you be a better, more productive educator and human being.

You MUST Lean In. Now. Hurry!

We’ve been culturally wired to always want to do more, have more, be more. The Joneses need keeping up with. We can never be the slowest, last, least productive, etc. Sheryl Sandberg tells us to lean in. We do. We must be the best teacher, the favorite teacher, a great athlete, an awesome mom/dad/family member who can throw an amazingly designed, perfect party, and have a vibrant social life.

Actually, No. Let’s Prioritize.

Well, here’s the truth: Doing everything, having everything, and being everything sucks. It may mean you work crazy long hours. It may mean you rarely see your family, and when you do it certainly isn’t quality time. It may mean you lose any spare time to do things you truly love doing. Those of us who are mere mortals need to prioritize.
How? In a world where everything is important-top-priority? It sucks, but you have to pick. The Guardian recently published an article about a teacher who chose demotion in favor spending more time with their family. Having to choose between taking steps back in your career vs. family time seems to be the prominent decision happening, but the concept applies to every area of life.

Identify your top 5 priorities.

Say no to everything else.

This might mean you have to say no to something you’d really like to do. You might go to work, do all the outside-of-work work stuff that stinks but is necessary for teachers, make food for your family, clean your house and exercise casually, instead of working, coaching sports after school, being on committees at work, church, and your family’s social organizations, taking cooking classes, learning a new language, having a girls/guys night every week and training for marathons.
This may sound a lot like “just” getting through your days. It is. Getting through your days is a great thing.

Key Questions To Ask Yourself

If you’re having trouble figuring out what items need to be on the top 5 list, you can ask yourself some questions:

  • Does this task really NEED to be done? We often do superfluous things because we think they should be done, but they aren’t really needs.
  • Must I be the one to do it, or can the task be completed by someone else, or a group? Learning to hand off tasks, delegate, trust others, or work with others can both save time and improve the quality of certain items on our to-do lists.
  • Must it be ‘perfect’ or will ‘done’ be enough? This sounds really slacker-like, but really: do you have to make the seven part, twelve layer cake for that birthday party, or will a simple but delicious chocolate cake do? It’s fine to spend your time on things you’re interested in and love, but not everyone can be an expert at and interested in everything.
  • Does it have to be done now? If not, put it on tomorrow’s list, or another day altogether. Or, make a ‘later’ list. Stuff that you’ll do when you have a few minutes later on in the day. Despite what we’re so often told, not everything is urgent.

How (and why) teachers should start saying no

Stop Reacting

Reacting takes time away from our must-do tasks. It is a distractor of massive proportion. Dare I say THE distractor. Let’s envision a scenario:
You sit down at your desk before classes start in the morning with the intention of sending a couple of quick emails. Instead of just sending the emails, you start to read through everything you’ve received since you last checked: requests from administrators, questions from students, a rant from an angry parent. Angry parent’s email makes you prickly; you follow up with them, administrators, and colleagues. Discussions ensue. You never send the ‘quick emails’ you had intended, class starts, and you’re shuffling around for the materials you need because you lost your prep time.
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Okay, So What’s The Key Takeaway?

Do what you need to do, save the other stuff for later. The discussions will still happen, the stuff will still get done, and unless you’re a first responder, a doctor, and maybe a couple of other things, no one is going to die in the process of waiting for you.

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10 big questions you likely don't know the answer to

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These videos offer entertaining and simplified answers to big questions you probably never considered. That’s the idea behind Daily Genius after all. Our goal is to help you learn something new every day. Hence the name. We try to focus on information that you won’t find in many other places, is easy to digest, and helps you better understand the world around you. We’re always fine-tuning the site and hope you enjoy learning from these videos.
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12 Questions geniuses ask themselves

Figuring out how you’re going to be successful in life isn’t exactly an easy thing to do. There are some people out there who know exactly what they want to do from a young age, or have a particular talent that is undeniable. But let’s be realistic here, those people are in the minority. If we all knew exactly what we were going to do in life when we were kids, and if that would be something we were good at as kids, then we might have a world filled with firefighters and ballerinas, who are really good at coloring and hopscotch.
So unless you were a piano prodigy at age five or building your own computers in the basement at ten, you’ve likely spent some time with my good friend Mr. Trial and Error, and have learned some things about yourself along the way. That said, a little proactive self reflection can go a long way.  Smart, rich, successful people may tell you that the key to their success is X. Let’s say X is getting up early in the morning. If you don’t truly know yourself, you may fight and force yourself to get up early, thinking that will help you, but the truth may be that your best work is done late at night. Which you won’t be doing anymore if you’re too tired from getting up early.
We’ve compiled 12 questions that you should ask yourself if you want to discover the things that will make you – personally – successful. You may think it sounds silly to ask yourself questions that you (in theory) already know the answers to, but it is helpful to frame these thoughts in a targeted way to get you thinking about them. After you’ve answered them, tell us: Did you learn anything about yourself? Share with the Daily Genius community by mentioning @DailyGenius on Twitter and we’ll retweet!

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