Learning and the art of the deadline...

We suck at deadlines.

I suck at deadlines, still today. I will always ask for the additional 5 minutes to finish any given job. So, when A had issues at his middle school with assignments that were due on "xx date" I honestly empathized with his...um...challenges in turning in his work on time.

How do you treat deadlines that you impose on your kids/students? Motivate me.


Anonymous said...

Sorry, I'm with you. I have a hard time meeting my own deadlines if there is no outside accountability. I think (hope!) that's fairly common. I actually consider myself a fairly organized person, but find that the abilty to stick to a schedule/meet my own deadlines eludes me.

I am trying to be firm in deadlines I set for my son, though there aren't many. I want him to learn how to plan his time and work accordingly. Being that he's only in 4th grade these goals are fairly simple, such as getting a reading or writing assignment done or memorizing something. He hasn't had a big "project" to do on his own yet, but when he does I will give him a breakdown/timeline of what he needs to do to keep progressing towards completion.

I get overwhelmed when I think of everything that has to be done by a certain time, but it is easier if I break it down into smaller, more manageable jobs. This helps me when I *have* to do something, like planning a party, but I haven't figured out how to make it work for everyday life!

Good luck. :)

Orion said...

La Mai! I was just checking back to see if -maybe- you were blogging again...and you are!!! Yay! Good to see you back! I missed your blog. Things seem to be going well!