Diary of a More Organized Kid
For students in grades 6-8
For students in grades 6-8
Now in its 8th year, this fun summer course takes a lighthearted approach to teaching some serious academic and organizational skills -and employs a set of proven apps and tools to get it all done. Entertaining material from Dan's presentations, along with YouTube videos and funny scenes from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie prompt lively activities and discussion, all geared toward improving students' written production and organization.
Students learn to use Inspiration Software to:
- Create writing templates: expository and persuasive paragraphs
- Plan, organize, and sequence ideas for writing and research
- Break projects into manageable parts: define tasks and sequence steps
- Work with information in their preferred style: visual concept maps, outlines or both.
Students learn to apply Dan's Top 10 Tips:
- Specific iPad apps, features and study techniques that help with organization, note-taking and writing
Students learn to use Google tools to:
- Manage time and tasks: use Google Calendars and tasks to print and post weekly calendars of events and due dates
- Remember commitments: set reminders for events and due dates
- Organize documents: save and manage work in folders, by class and grade.
New for 2017: Students learn all about executive function skills:
- What are these mental skills and what's the importance of the marshmallow test?
- Digital devices: their impact on attention and options to manage digital distractions.
The course also explores Sean Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens. Through funny stories and YouTube videos students experience informative, entertaining lessons on the benefits of good habits -in school and in life.
- Who can participate? Students entering 6th - 8th grades.
- How many participants? 5 students per session
- Students register for one session, Monday-Thursday
- Do all sessions cover the same material? Yes, each course is comprised of 4, two-hour sessions, Monday-Thursday.
- Investment: $569.00
- Financial assistance available. Contact Dan Leibowitz.
- Cancellation policy: If, after registering, you would like to cancel there is no refund unless your slot can be filled. If it can be filled you will receive a full refund.
- Marin: 45 San Clemente Dr A200 Corte Madera, CA 94901
- Snack breaks? Yes.
- Need a laptop? Yes. Bring a laptop with Inspiration 9, desktop version installed and working. The 30-day free trial version is fine, just remember it expires in 30 days.
- Need experience using a computer? Yes. This course is a good fit for students who already know how to cut, paste, open and save files, etc.
- Need an iPad? No, but if you have one please bring it, along with the following apps installed: Inspiration Maps, Google Drive , Notability and Prizmo. Numerous iPad tips and techniques will be taught.
- Important: Be sure your child knows the Gmail username and password.
- Students typically use a school Gmail account or you can set one up.
- Be sure Google Calendar is enabled.
Contact Dan Leibowitz via the email form below or call 415.407.0234.
- Session 1: 9:30 am -11:30 am: 1 spot available
After registering, please contact Dan Leibowitz to specify which session you prefer.
Thank you Dan for a great week. (Our son) learned quite a bit of useful tools and has even taught me a few things that are helpful for my work.
"...I got tons of great tools for organizing my thoughts for writing and it was pretty fun at the same time. Plus organizing my projects and my homework using Google Calendar is going to make my life a lot easier.” -6th grader
"Thank you Dan... (our son) enjoyed the course and got a lot out of it. He has been showing me how to use Inspiration to create templates for 3 and 5 paragraph essays, and also for my work reports :-) "
(Our son) benefitted enormously from your class. Your handouts are still on his white board.