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					Lesson Title          Time Management 101

Curricular Areas      Health/Guidance, Math, P.E.

Grade Level           7-8

Life/Work             2.2 Develop abilities for building positive
Competency            relationships in one’s life.

Life/Work Indicator   2.2.13 Demonstrate personal
                      management skills such as time
                      management, problem solving, stress
                      management, life-work balance, etc.

Local Standard        Students will create a Pie Chart showing
                      the use of their time and each student will
                      create one (or more) SMART Goal(s) that
                      can be achieved through improved time
                      management.
Activity              This portfolio development activity works
                      well as a follow-up to the “Effective
                      Student Skills” lesson found on page 715
                      in the Career Guidance 7: Activity Guide,
                      and the “Do I manage My Time Wisely”
                      lesson found on page 814 in the Career
                      Guidance 8: Activity Guide or it can work
                      as a stand-alone lesson.

                      Begin the lesson by introducing the
                      concept of time management (for a good
                      definition, check out: Time Management).
                      Time management is basically self-
                      management because we cannot control
                      time, but we can control ourselves.
Therefore, looking at how we use specific
periods of time can be very enlightening
and help lead us to goal setting and
problem solving.

Discuss with students how they spend
their time and create several categories
(6-9) to identify time use. For example,
categories likely will include school/study
time, sleep time, meals/eating time,
hobbies/sports/leisure time, family
activities/commitments time,
television/telephone/computer time,
paid/volunteer work time, and unspecified
time. After determining between 6 and 9
categories that sufficiently cover all of the
student’s daily activities, ask each student
to estimate how many hours per week
they engage in each activity. Record these
numbers for future reference.

Next, ask each student to keep accurate
records of their time use for a one-week
period using a Time Use Chart (Word,
PDF, RTF) and the 6-9 time categories
they developed earlier. At the end of the
week, each student will tally up the
number of hours spent participating in
each of the time activity categories. The
number of hours spent in each category
should equal 168 hours.

Using the data from the Time Use Chart
(Word, PDF, RTF), each student will make
a pie chart to represent his/her time
expenditures. Each pie chart should
contain a title, date, and a legend
representing all time categories. An
excellent alternative to having students
draw their own pie charts is to have them
                create charts on the computer. An easy to
                use site can be found on-line at Create a
                Graph. This site makes it easy for
                students to produce professional looking
                pie charts that are printer friendly.

                Once students have completed their pie
                charts, they need to analyze their own
                time use. Some students may realize that
                they spend very little time doing leisure
                activities, while others will recognize that
                they spend less time on their studies than
                they do on television and internet.
                Regardless of what one’s pie chart
                reveals, each student needs to make one
                or more SMART Goals related to his/her
                own use of time. SMART Goals are
                Specific, Measurable, Achievable,
                Realistic, and Timely. (For more
                information on SMART Goals, see the
                following website: Smart Goals). Students
                can record their SMART Goal on the
                SMART Goal Worksheet (Word, PDF,
                RTF).

                Completed pie charts and SMART Goals
                should be placed in plastic page
                protectors and entered as an artifact in the
                Personal Management section of the
                student’s Career and Life Portfolio.
Resources and   Time Use Chart (Word, PDF, RTF),
Materials       SMART Goal Worksheet (Word, PDF,
                RTF), access to the internet, calculator.
Time Required   Two periods (scheduled at least a week
                apart).

				
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