Leslie Josel is the creator of the Academic Planner: A Tool for Time Management. Ms. Josel is an ADHD specialist whose goal is to give students the ability to organize their schoolwork with an easy to use planner. She started her journey into trying to calm the chaos of academics when her son was diagnosed Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Executive Dysfunction and some learning issues in kindergarten. I love that she was a mom and knew that there was something that needed to be created and found a way to bring it to fruition. As a mom, I know that there is nothing I wouldn’t do to help my children succeed. I am also a former teacher and I know how important it is for students to be able to plan out what they need to accomplish. Without a plan, it is impossible to track what you have finished and what you need to start or keep working on.
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Here are some of the details of this time management tool:
- Weekly planner pages line up with the index on a subject-by-subject basis
- Spaces to enter after-school activities and weekend commitments
- Grid systems allows for both scheduled and available blocks of time at a glance
- 4 color cover designs
- Larger interior pages
- Interior vinyl pocket to hold cards or notes
- Three hole punched for easy insertion in binder
- Durable cover
- Based on the school year calendar
I have bought numerous planners over the years for my own educational use and for planning out the school year when I was teaching. As an uber-planner (a title I gave myself!), I need to know what has to be done and what is coming up in the future. The one thing that always annoyed me with other planners was the need to re-write the subject titles on each page. The first thing I noticed with this planner is that the interior pages were not the complete width of the book. At first I was kind of stumped as to why it was like that, then it dawned on me. The reason the interior pages were smaller width-wise was because the subject titles were on the beginning pages. The interior pages were strictly for the assignments. As each month goes by, the assignment pages get turned, but the subjects remain intact. No more rewriting every subject every month! I love it!
What is also great about this planner are the month and notes pages. The month pages can be used to mark special events or dates to be remembered at a glance. The notes pages are to jot down anything that you might need to remember for the month that is not date specific. Let’s say your son or daughter needs to remember that in December there will be a chorus event, but they don’t know the date yet, they can make a note on the page. It really is the easiest planner I have come across so far and I have over 10+ years of teaching in the school system and now homeschooling!
If you are interested in finding out more about the Order Out of Chaos Academic Planner, please visit their website at www.orderoochaos.com.
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