The days of the ‘one-size-fits-all’ school planner are over. A school planner should be tailored to the specific school and needs of its students. Here are some great additions you could make to a standard school planner to enable both students and teachers to be more organised!
This may seem like quite a standard thing to have in a school planner, and it is. Make it more personalised by already having all planned school events, trips, parents evenings, holidays and any other significant dates printed in it. Students can then add their own personal and academic plans, events and things to remember.
Customisable Timetable Pages
Incorporate several timetable pages into the diary. Printing the timetable for the student isn’t always the best option, as students can decide to change course or class times may change for other reasons. Having more than one blank timetables will allow students to create their own schedules around classes, as well as having their classes in one easy to find place. Plus, added pages allow for any mistakes to be corrected!
Project Progress Pages
For any year-long or long-term ongoing projects, having space in the planner to make small notes about the progress of the project can be helpful to productivity and enables the student to view the process in which they carried out the project for future reference.
Course/Subject Overview Pages
These overview pages can be used at the very start of the academic year to write down a brief overview of each subject/course during the introduction classes or provide course-specific information.
Having separate monthly checklist pages for each subject will allow students to keep track of ongoing projects and outline key deadlines. These pages work differently to the general calendar as more detail can be used and tasks can be neatly checked off as they are completed.
A homework planner works similarly to the timetable, however it provides the student with the opportunity to create their very own homework timetable to suit them. Having a set homework timetable helps students to stay organised, get into a good routine with homework and get it in on time!
Providing space for students to log and monitor the amount of exercise they are getting can again help to promote a healthy lifestyle. Perhaps include a section for both curricular and extracurricular exercise activities to encourage further physical activity outside of school hours.
Blank Note Pages
Sometimes not everything can be covered by a specific page or section! Having blank space for students to personalise with their own notes and reminders can be helpful for productivity.
Having space for students to create daily, weekly or monthly goals can help them to stay motivated and focused. These goals can be monitored and measured using these pages to enable students to look back at their progress and see how they did or did not reach these goals. Allow room for both academic and personal goals, having interest in the students’ life outside of school may encourage them to utilise the planner more effectively.
As part of your school’s healthy eating initiative, why not provide space for students to create healthy meal plans? You could even incorporate the school lunch menu into the plan so students can plan their lunch ahead!
Uniform Code and Behaviour Policy
Ensuring students know how to appropriately dress and behave is normally very important to schools. Having easy-to-access guidance within the school planner can allow students to regularly check that they are adhering to school policies.
Having a planner section where home-school communication can take place is crucial to student development. A space for parents/guardians to raise concerns and teachers to comment on any particularly good or bad behaviour can be helpful as it enables schools to understand any home difficulties that could be affecting school life and vice versa. It is a particularly good way to monitor how a student is coping with school commitments. This may not apply to older students who are beginning to become more independent, or those who are in higher education.
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