Academic Success – Getting Organized for Homework

As a follow-up to my blog post on the power of goal writing for students, I did some more research around resiliency, and started learning more about executive functions. According to www.beyondbooksmart.com, executive function are skills that students need for the following:

  • Managing time
  • Organizing thoughts and materials
  • Paying attention
  • Planning and prioritizing
  • Getting started (task initiation)
  • Staying on track
  • Remembering what to do and when to do it
  • Problem solving
  • Self-reflection
  • Managing emotions and impulses

I did a search for “executive functions” on our website, and found a group of binders with free resources created by MindPrint Learning.  There were so many interesting resources available.

In particular I was taken with their quote on homework:

“…supporting (students) with planning, structure and organizational strategies can be key to helping them work more efficiently, effectively and independently.”

There are a number of things you can do to help your student feel confident about their style of learning. One of the first things you can do is figure out what type of learner your student is.  There are many places that offer online tests.  Mindprint Learning offers their service hereOnce you understand your student’s learning style, you can organize a homework area to enhance and build your student’s learning confidence.

See our highlight of Mindprint Learning’s homework checklists and other free resources available below.

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Creating Successful Homework Stations and Routines

 

 

 

 

Thank you for sharing your knowledge on #DigitalLearningDay

Twitter-Hand-DLD-2019We recently learned about #DigitalLearningDay happening on February 28th and asked for requests to share your #digitalbinder libraries on that day.

Here are some of the curated content that was shared.

We were excited to share your resources with others during the #DLDAY hashtag event.

See more of our #DLDAY posts under our Tweets at our twitter.com/livebinders.

Thank you for sharing your knowledge with all of us!

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Writing down New Year Resolutions

Setting New Year’s resolutions can be a great way to focus on one’s goals and develop a growth mindset.

In his two-year study, University of Toronto professor Jordan Peterson had 700 students write down their goals in a class called Maps of Meaning. Asking them to reflect on fundamental moments in their life that he referred to as “self-authoring,” Peterson instructed his students to list different strategies and goals that would help them overcome their obstacles. After 2 years, he found that the achievement gaps between minority groups and white students closed significantly for those who participated in the assignment compared to those in the control group who did not.  “The act of writing is more powerful than people think,” Peterson shared.

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Photo by Brad Neathery on Unsplash

Inspired by both Melissa Dahl’s story for The Cut and Anya Kamenetz’s NPR story about Dr. Peterson’s research, I wondered if students in class, or even at home, are encouraged to reflect on and write down goals.  As a result of these exercises, would these students be able to learn resilience?

Resilience is something that researchers are now identifying as a ‘growth mindset’, a term coined by Carol Dweck in her book, Mindset. Adopting a growth mindset encourages people to realize that their abilities can be improved over time with intentional and consistent effort. Goal writing seems like a great way for students to start learning and improving their own resilience.

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Photo by Brad Neathery on Unsplash

Around the same time that I discovered Peterson’s research, I was delighted to find a binder designed specifically for students and goal setting.  Titled ‘New Year’s Resolutions,’  the binder is curated by one of our Certified Trainers, Stella Maris Berdaxagar, who designed exercises for ELA students geared not only towards improving their writing skills, but also setting personal goals and writing New Year’s resolutions.

Berdaxagar’s binder has guided steps on how a teacher can provide activities that encourage teen and adult students to reflect not only on what they’ve accomplished in the past year, but also on what their new goals are, and how they plan to attain them. Berdaxagar also includes an impressive selection of engaging activities that help students learn skill sets that could last them a lifetime.

Please let me know what you think!

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New Year’s Resolution Binder by Stella Maris Berdaxagar

Ready to Impress?

Have you curated an impressive body of resources to share?  Feel free to contact me for a brief demo on how curators like Berdaxagar are easily packaging and distributing their resources with our online digital binders. 

You’re welcome to schedule a LiveBinders demo here.

This blog post is based on a personal project I have started about organization skills and learning in the digital age.  I’m always inspired by the cool binders I find on our Featured Binders page.

Hide the URL Above the Content in Your Binder

We have had many requests from people who wanted to create a cleaner look for their binders by removing the url link that appears above the content. This feature is now available to our premium subscribers!

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To use this feature, just go into your binder in edit mode and click on Settings > Layout. Use the selection box titled Hide URL above content, then click on Save. You will have an option to remove the link completely or have a little icon replace the link.

Settings > Layout menu

Here is a screenshot of the page with an icon instead of a link:

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One note, even if you hide the link completely, the icon will show up on mobile devices. The reason for this is that many mobile devices require you to open pdfs outside the binder, so we needed to provide people with an opportunity to still open the pdf on their mobile device.

Do you have a feature that you would like to see added to LiveBinders? Please comment on this post!

Shorter URLs for Binders and Shelves

You can now user shorter urls for your binders and shelves. When you click on the “Share” option, you will now see a URL something like this: https://www.livebinders.com/b/1524306 for a binder and this: https://www.livebinders.com/s/548 for a shelf.

We hope that makes your life with LiveBinders just a little easier! But please leave us a comment to let us know what else would make your life with LiveBinders better.

LiveBinders’ Service Issue Summary

On Wednesday 10/10, one of our servers became unresponsive and caused our site’s performance to degrade. After we successfully restarted the server, the site performance returned to normal.

After additional analysis, we discovered that a new feature we were testing had created a dependency on this server.  When a server goes down, our website should be able to continue to perform properly, but did not because of this dependency.  We have fixed this problem and have verified that our software no longer has this issue.

Fortunately, many of you were able to keep up-to-date on our progress — both from our status page and our Twitter feed.

Thank you again for the supportive Tweets we saw on our feed.  We know how much you depend on your binders and we really strive to keep LiveBinders reliable and resilient.

Tina