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What Is the Most Important Factor in Student Learning?

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    There is no one correct answer to the question, "What is the most important factor in student learning?" However, many factors play a role. One such factor is the home environment. 

    The importance of this factor cannot be overstated, as students who grow up in poverty and low-income households have significantly lower chances for success than those from wealthier backgrounds. This blog post will explore what can happen when families do not have access to resources and how it affects their children's education and opportunities for success. 

    Do you know what the most important factor in student learning is? If not, don't worry! This blog post will help you understand what it takes to be successful for both students and teachers. 

    What's the most important factor in student learning? That's a tough question with no easy answer. I'll start by saying that many factors go into making a good student-teacher relationship, from finding an effective way to teach to figuring out how they learn best as well as finding ways they can excel. 

    I'll also say that there are some things we can do as educators or parents at home to make sure your child understands these concepts and gets the education he needs. Let me show you how! 

    Time Management Skills That Improve Student Learning

    In today’s busy world, time management skills for students are increasingly important. While you might be yearning for a simpler era when time seemed to move more slowly, the realities of participation in contemporary western society requires young people to have skills in efficiency and productivity.

    While ACC does not advocate for an obsessive, micro-managing approach to a student’s daily life, we do believe it’s important for them to set goals and learn to be effective time managers. This article will discuss why time management matters and list several techniques to help students learn to prioritise and manage time effectively.

    ACC also advocates for a balanced approach to managing time, considering God’s desire for us to rest in Him and trust Him to supply all our needs.

    What is time management?

    Like our energy and money, time is a finite resource, and it needs to be effectively managed. Time management is about planning and controlling the amount of time you spend on specific tasks.

    Some of the important skills students need to manage time effectively include:

    Goal-setting

    It’s almost impossible to use time well if you don’t know what to do with it. Students can benefit from having short- and long-term goals. For example, a short-term goal might include completing their homework early each day so they have ample time to practice music. Their long-term goal could be to play in the school or church band or the Australian Youth Orchestra!

    Prioritisation

    By assessing what needs to be achieved within a given timeframe, tasks can be rated according to their importance. Setting priorities for each day, week, month and year can help students accomplish their goals. It also helps to ensure vitally important but not urgent activities – such as personal devotions, adequate sleep, and exercise – are given precedence. For example, some people like to prioritise easy tasks for early in the day and use the boost to move forward. Others prefer to tackle bigger jobs first.

    Organisation

    Once priorities are set, it’s important to have a plan for getting them done. Some people are naturally well-organised, and others need some help. Strategies like maintaining an up-to-date calendar and keeping a tidy study environment help. There are many useful software programs and apps to aid organisations.

    Managing Stress

    Nobody performs at their peak under excessive stress. Therefore, students need healthy ways to manage the pressures of study while maintaining productivity. Getting enough sleep and exercising are great ways to keep stress at bay and make learning more efficient.

    Many more ways to enhance time management will be outlined later.

    Why Are Time Management Skills Important?

    Effective time management allows students to complete more in less time because their attention is focused, and they’re not wasting time on distractions (such as social media, for example. Efficient use of time also reduces stress, as students tick off items from their to-do list. It can also provide a sense of achievement from fulfilling goals. For example, they might plan to complete an assignment by Friday so they can see friends on the weekend.

    Furthermore, by using time efficiently, students can complete their work on time, stay engaged with their learning, and have more time free for pursuing activities that are important to them, such as sports, hobbies, youth group and spending time with friends and family.

    Good time management allows students to make the most of their abilities and enjoy the satisfaction of accomplishment. It is also one of the most desirable skills for employment.

    The Bible also has a lot to say about managing our time. Christians have a different time perspective to the world’s – we know we are part of God’s eternal plan of salvation through Christ Jesus (Eph 1:4).

    As a result, we need to ensure our priorities are right by seeking first His kingdom and righteousness (Matt 6:33). Second, we are instructed to use our time wisely (Eph 5:15-17) and seek God’s wisdom about how best to do this (Ps 90:12). Third, we are encouraged to make plans for the future (Prov 21:5) but keep them in balance with knowing they aren’t guaranteed (Js 4:13-14).

    Keeping our eyes fixed on the eternal perspective (2 Cor 4:18) will lead to time management that glorifies God and helps us live out His will.

    Tips On How To Improve Time Management

    Fortunately, there are many ways students can improve their time management. Here’s an extensive list derived from sites including Grade Power Learning and Deakin University.

    • Start with an agenda – either alone or with your help, have your child record the dates of all upcoming assignments and exams in an online or paper agenda (such as their school diary or an online calendar). Schedule in important activities and free time, too. You can even set deadlines a few days before actual due dates to allow a margin for emergencies.
    • Create a master schedule – from this agenda, block off chunks of time for study or assignment work. This will help your student to prioritise their projects and stay on target with due dates. You could start by estimating how long each project will take, then calculate how much time to allow daily or weekly. Try to schedule in some study every weekday, even if it’s only brief. Colour-coding different subjects can make reading the schedule easier.
    • Start assignments early – leaving assignments until the last minute is stressful. Instead, encourage your child to start working on them well before they are due.
    • Make project plans – when study or assignments seem overwhelming, procrastination often results. Help your child to break their study plan or project into smaller, more manageable chunks. You can give each segment its own due date to help them feel good for meeting small goals.
    • Avoid multi-tasking – divided attention is an inefficient way to learn. Instead, focus on one task at a time for maximum productivity.
    • Reduce distractions – during the time scheduled for schoolwork, have your child put away unnecessary devices such as mobile phones and switch off social media notifications. Distractions can also come from internal feelings such as hunger or tiredness, so ensure they’re getting adequate sleep and have snacks and water on hand.
    • Take regular breaks – working on something for too long can lead to lost focus. Short breaks every half hour or so can help them to recharge. Consider having a change of scene, such as a short walk or a drink in the backyard. Just make sure they don’t get side-tracked and don’t return to study!
    • Be an early bird – encourage your child to start their homework as early as possible after school. This gives them more time to complete it while they’re alert and reduces the risk of delayed bedtimes. Also, people vary as to when they’re most productive, so allow your student to tackle challenging tasks during their best time and leave easier ones (such as organising their books or lists for the next day) when they’re not at their peak. Some might prefer to get up early and work before the school day, for example.
    • Set time limits – such as “finish Introduction to Humanities essay by 3.30pm”. This prevents tasks from eating into the time allocated for other activities.
    • Use time tracking apps and software.
    • Keep a clock placed visibly before you – to stay aware of the current time.
    • Avoid perfectionism and fussing over unimportant details – trying to make your work perfect, especially first-time round, is frustrating and a huge time-waster. Rather, get something on the page (or into the brain). Then, you can go back and improve it later if necessary.
    • Use your downtime well – for example, students could be rehearsing their times tables or practising an oral presentation in the car on the way to or from school. On public transport, they may be able to study or think through their plan for that day. This tip should be used with wisdom and moderation, though, as relaxation and rest aresential.
    • Reward achievement – when your child has accomplished important goals, don’t forget to celebrate. This doesn’t have to be something big or expensive. Preferably, it should be something healthy. Possibilities include some extra device or TV time, a visit to a favourite beach, park or activity, a small treat, or even a contribution towards something they are saving for.

    Time Management Tips From Highly Successful People

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    Clearly, some people are gifted at time management and have used it to great effect. Here’s some of their tips.

    Author, teen mentor and lifelong straight-A student Daniel Wong lists 45 student time management tips. Some of his excellent ideas include:

    • Setting a timer for two minutes if you’re feeling unmotivated – there’s a good chance that once you’ve started, you’ll continue working after the two minutes are over.
    • Keep a time log for a few days – have your chilld track the time they spend on each activity. This will show them places where they could use time more effectively.
    • Make checklists of all you need to do – writing things down helps you to remember and prioritise tasks.
    • Unfollow everyone on social media except people you really care about. Wong reports saving hundreds of hours since doing this. He also advises unsubscribing from YouTube channels.
    • Learn to say no. With endless ways you can spend your time, Wong recommends saying no to activities that don’t fit with your priorities.

    Entrepreneur and founder of Virgin Airlines Richard Branson sticks to a morning and evening routine, which he says helps him to focus and achieve what he needs to. He rises every day at about 5 am before doing some exercise (such as tennis, walking or cycling), then eats a high-fibre breakfast like muesli and fruit.

    According to this article in Entrepreneur Asia Pacific, most successful entrepreneurs have some form of morning routine like Branson’s, which usually includes rising early, exercising, eating a healthy breakfast, and doing their most challenging task first.

    They also point out that successful people, including Warren Buffet and Bill Gates, don’t overfill their schedules. Rather, both men reportedly attribute successful time management to leaving plenty of blank spaces in their calendars. This allows flexibility for handling unexpected circumstances. It also gives them space to focus on their passions.

    Is It Possible To Be Over Obsessive About Time Management?

    Encouraging children to manage their time well is prudent, yet it’s also possible for obsessive time management to be counterproductive. Continually searching for ways to use time more effectively can leave children feeling more anxious and stressed.

    According to this BBC article, the available evidence suggests that time management tools and strategies work for some people in some circumstances but not for others. Reporting on 2017 research, they note that continually chasing better time management becomes a self-defeating strategy, in which people can initially complete more by using these tools, but forget the fact that productivity has limits.

    A more serious consequence occurs when people lose sight of their real motivations. This is one of the main reasons why such techniques fail, said Christine Carter, a senior fellow at the UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Centre. Many of them rely on willpower for success, but “you are not really motivated by willpower as much as by your emotion.” 

    Brad Aeon, one of the study’s authors, points out that people today usually have considerably more freedom to organise their time and are juggling multiple projects, which causes a lot of pressure. “Freedom comes with a responsibility: you have to think a lot more about how you manage your time,” he says.

    He had something of an epiphany after considering that we are all going to dwhichd it transformed his time management philosophy. He now wakes daily at 9 am after a nine-hour sleep, works for four hours per day, and goes to the gym and reads daily. He uses several time management strategies, including to-do lists, calendars and timers, but not to stuff his life with work. Rather, he says, these tools “should allow you to take control of your life, and then structure your work around it”.

    Understand Your Impact On Student Learning Growth

    Considerations for understanding teaching impact.

    Evaluating the impact of your teaching is about measuring the growth in your students by comparing where they were at an earlier time with where they are now.

    As a teacher, you are determining what this growth means for each student. To do this, you can draw on the evidence you have mapped to curriculum achievement standards, as well as knowledge of your students.

    To better understand and evaluate the impact of your teaching, you can review with colleagues factors that might be enabling or constraining growth. This also helps school leaders to work out the dimensions of teaching that might need strengthening via professional learning.

    Work Out The Impact Of Your Teaching

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    To map student development to curriculum achievement standards from entry to the end of a unit, you can use the following pages:

    • assess knowledge and understanding of your students
    • assess the capabilities and skills of your students
    • assess the attitudes, motivations and dispositions of your students

    These will help you determine learning growth. At this stage, you are working out:

    • if all students have progressed as intended
    • which students have excelled
    • those students who have struggled to make progress.

    Your goal is to understand each student and what they need to progress. This is an opportunity for you to reflect on the progress of your students. It is also a chance to work with colleagues to plan a more personalised approach for particular students.

    Understanding growth

    To understand how the learning growth of each students, it is important to:

    • draw on your knowledge of these students
    • collaborate with your colleagues.

    While growth in a general sense is welcome, optimal growth is the goal. Optimal growth means growth connected to learning excellence. What this looks like will depend on the student and their context.

    It is important to note that growth can also be understood in a variety of ways. For example:

    Standards-referenced growth, which focuses on a student's years of learning:

    • this growth is in relation to the continuum of learning in the Victorian Curriculum
    • some learning occurs incrementally along a learning continuum, but the rate and pace of learning are not always fixed, and constant
    • learning can develop in more complex ways through a web of connectedness that is dependent on students developing understandings, capabilities and dispositions in concert with one another. For example, being creative requires developing knowledge of creative processes, skills in creative thinking, and the disposition to be curious, adaptable, and persistent.

    Age or year-level expected growth, which focuses on a student's years of schooling.

    • At the level of schools and systems, this kind of growth can help identify priority cohorts that may need intensive support to reach minimum achievement standards.
    • It might not account well for the diversity of students, such as those with disabilities, learning difficulties, or interrupted schooling.

    Growth in relation to targets and/or learning goals can be set in different ways and by different people.

    • A powerful motivator for your students is for you to work in partnership with them to set goals informed by curriculum achievement standards. It can drive their learning when the goals set are achievable but challenging, and you support them to reflect on and evaluate their own progress.

    For Team Dialogue

    • How do we currently understand 'growth' in our context? To what extent do we have a shared understanding?
    • What might 'optimal growth' look like for our students?

    Now What

    After you have determined and understood your students’ growth, you are in a position to assess the impact of your teaching and consider how well you have enabled your students to progress. This can give you the chance to learn what is contributing to learning and what might need to change and improve. Areas of teaching practice that could be affecting student learning and development include:

    • learning design
    • learning approaches
    • assessment design
    • becoming a learning community
    Factors that Influence Students' Motivation in Education
    • Class and Curriculum Structure. ...
    • Teacher Behavior and Personality. ...
    • Teaching Methods. ...
    • Parental Habits and Involvement. ...
    • Family Issues and Instability. ...
    • Peer Relationships. ...
    • Learning Environment. ...
    • Assessment.

    The most important factor governing student learning is classroom management. Look at yourself! Be mindful of your self-confidence, voice, attitude, enthusiasm, personal appearance, manners, values, and most of all, composure and self-control.

    There are a number of the factors that influence an individuals learning like movement, repetition, feedback, stress, and emotions.

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