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I will start teaching my students about these traits this year! I think it can help them take ownership and work hard to be successful.

Central Office Administrator /Large suburban district

Great Advice

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This article contains solid advice for inndividuals of all ages. I will implement this strategy as I start my day!

First grade teacher, International School, Seoul, Korea

Parent Training

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I think the "if-then" training should be modeled for parents. I find a great number of the parent community I work with do everything in their power to create the goals for their children, but then also prevent the child from learning the techniques to achieve those goals. It is much simpler for the parent to intervene and 'push, push, push' the child (meaning an extra tutor each day of the week to ensure the child is keeping up with homework, etc.). There is a huge push here for children and young adults to be 'the best,' regardless if the goal is intrinsically motivated or not.
Helping parents to do the walk though with the child of goal setting and the if/the scenarios to get the child on board could be amazingly powerful. And think about how successful and fulfilled these students would be as they mature knowing that they can prepare and accept the challenges of planning and meeting goals. There's a richness to this idea that I would love to see utilized in counseling offices all over Korea.

K-12 Intervention Specialist

This was a wonderful article.

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This was a wonderful article. I know as the single parent of three young children who teaches full time and attends college online, life and all of its responsibilities can seem overwhelming at times. I liked the idea of "If/then statements" to sort of organize the day. I know that if I at least have some sort of idea or framework for my day, it definitely seems to go smoother and I get much more done.

Math 7 Norfolk VA

More than just time management

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I think this is a great decision making model. My students are very good at following a prescription or formula and performing the computation to answer math problems. But, they fail miserably at deciding what approach to take when the problems are mixed (like on stardardized test). I wonder if we practiced decision making, with "if - then" statements, if their decision making (problem identification) would improve. I try to teach this method indirectly but, this article has made me think I need to bring the process of decision making and planning to the forefront of instruction. It needs to be practiced!

Preschool teacher from North Augusta, South Carolina

Programing Yourself!

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I really enjoyed this article! It is a great innovative idea for organizing your life. This is will be so beneficial for me to use with work and with life outside of work. Often times I find myself sitting down at the end of the day wondering where my day went. I think back to all the things I did not get accomplished and how I could have easily completed these tasks if I had been more organized. I will definitely use if/than plans to help increase my time management.

Brittany

Fourth Grade Teacher from Colorado

Trying to do it all!

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I love this fresh new approach to planning. In the very busy life of being a mother, teacher, and student time management is crucial. I am amazed at how many times good intentions just do not happen. I will be very excited to try this new approach to making goals. It also fits in perfectly with what I am doing with my students. We are working on writing hypotheses for our science projects right now. Why not carry this over to what they are doing? This time of the year, I am always working on trying to get the students to be as reflective as possible. This is a great tool that will also help them understand that the scientific method also applies to a smart approach to thinking in general. I will definitely be using if/then statements to make sure I stick to my professional schedule as well as my exercise schedule. I am looking forward to what goals my students will be making for themselves, too.

Technology Coordinator from NYC

I really love this idea of

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I really love this idea of planning to plan! I do believe that if you organize your days by sorting out what are doing, even if it's a rough sketch, it helps you to stay on task and maximize your time. My middle school students have a difficult time keeping up with their classwork and with project assignment due dates, there's always an excuse why things are not completed on time, or why they forgot to bring in their project. This setup can help many of them, and set them up for success in their academic as well as their professional lives later on. I will definitely try this approcah and see how it works :)

Host and Co-Creator of Virtual Science University

Getting Your Act Together

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This article is totally awesome! This article not just works for young people but also for adults. Ever since I started extensively planning in advance, I've been able to exercise more and do more with my work at Virtual Science University which in itself is immense, when you are trying to empower one million minds by the year 2015. It's about planning and living in the present. As my music hero, puts it, "The present is where everything begins.”~Carlos Santana

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