How Children Set Goals and Manage Time
All students of a class make a paper cut out, for example, a flower cut out with the number of petals equal to the number of Perbooks they need to complete in a term. All these are pinned to a soft board in the class.
The students fill out each petal as they complete each Perbook (once accepted by the teacher as complete). The short term goal is to complete one Perbook per week and the long term goal is to complete all Perbooks allocated for the term. The students can always add to the allocated set of Perbooks by adding more petals.
Look, for example, that Pupil 2 on the right has completed 8 out of his 9 Perbools for the term in just one month! He can continue to do Perbooks at higher levels beyond those completed. Pupil 1 has completed according to the given goals but Pupil 3 is falling behind goals for which some remedial action is required.
Picture this after one month
Pupil 1 has completed his 4 Perbooks in a month (one per week).
- Pupil 2 has done 8, or twice as many as required to do.
- Pupil 3 has done only half as many as assigned. This pupil clearly needs further motivation.
Instead of waiting for the end of a term, teachers can motivate and take remedial action immediate when effort is lacking. The students learn important life-skills goals. They learn to set manage time and self-evaluate their own progress. Each one is propelled to move forward in a highly intuitive way.