Fridays during morning advising, all students are to present their Assignment Book for review as it faithfully records the entire assignments for the following week. We want the boys to leave campus Fridays with everything that they will need for Monday as they complete assignments over the weekend. We call this "adjusting to a competitive environment."
This anonymous student pictured above proudly displays the zeal and ability that he has for thinking forward to next week. His Labor Day holiday is clearly marked for Monday, September 5. Every class is marked off giving evidence of this student's ability to forecast his plan moment by moment some 72 hours in advance.
However, a keen eye will notice that his plan for Tuesday September 6-Friday September 9 seems to be blank.
The good news is that the students have each other to lean on during this adjustment process. These two anonymous students are consistent in their plan to have no plan for next week at the time of the Advising check-in.
Following our review this morning, some students were encouraged to complete their assignments for next week, as is our policy, and return to their advisor before the end of the day for a verification signature. Some students were even granted passes to check out of study hall in order to go to the computer lab and initiate the process of looking up their assignments and then recording them in their ABs.
All students must check in with their teachers regularly so that they can document upcoming assignments in their ABs. We have discussed this time and again over the previous three weeks, and we will continue to encourage the boys toward planning their work and working their plan.
Proof positive that these boys can execute the AB plan, here Mrs. Terry Balton assists young Fred Schaeffer '22 in his quest to record correctly his assignments from the OnCampus website into his AB. It is a learning curve, and everyone is learning together, both teachers and students. Ideally, the teachers, young Fred, and his classmates would have initiated this AB process in advance of Friday's morning advising period so that they could anticipate the upcoming week throughout the day Friday. We will get there soon.
We think that these simple procedures help to promote the self-management and personal responsibility that the school expects in its students, the first step toward true college prep.
Reminder, the online source is a backup plan for actually talking to teachers before leaving class to verify upcoming assignments.
A completed Assignment Book forecasting the next week is the first step toward starting a great weekend!