Teaching Time Management To Children

For some children managing their time is one of the more natural aspects of school, where as for others it is something they need a lot of support with. Helping the children manage their time and workload is key component of Grades 3 and 4.

I saw an expert in classroom management, Dr Bill Rogers, speak I heard him say, “Children need reminding because they’re children.” I adopted this theory and used it as a key component of teaching time management to children. Learning time management skills often has a lot to do with creating a classroom culture where handing work in on time is the simply the everyday expectation, similar to putting their hands up if they want to speak. However, creating solid organizational and classroom cultures takes time, patience and persistence. It also requires many different strategies for different children.

The purpose of creating a positive time management classroom culture is that I have found it is much more affective that punitive measures. I have found few things as powerful as creating a sense of belonging. There is something inspiring about being a part of a successful and cohesive culture that I have found has the tendency to sweep children up. Getting to this point takes time, patience and flexibility (did I mention patience!).

I read a lot about time management and goal setting when I was an aspiring professional soccer player trying to earn a contract in England when I was eighteen. A quote that stuck with me was, “Begin with the end in mind” by Stephen Covey in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. When trying to develop a culture around time management, I imagine the children are in their final years of University and the seeds that we have planted in elementary school are helping them hand in their work on time.