Most homework we give students is to be handed in a day or two later. When taking on a project with a deadline that may be several days or weeks away, students can easily fall into the trap of thinking 'I have ages. I don't need to start it yet'. They can also be overwhelmed by the amount they have to do, or forget certain details by not reading the full instructions carefully.
(My own daughter is ADHD-Inattentive, and I tear my hair out when she tells me she's finished something, but she's actually missed out half of the things that were supposed to be included! As for actually getting her to do the work, when she thinks she has 'loads of time' ... Well, using this sheet has definitely made huge improvements!)
Breaking a project down into smaller sections, and planning over a longer-term deadline is an important skill, and does not come naturally to most students in their first few years of school. As projects get more complex, planning is more important, and the earlier they can learn this skill, the better. (Some of us still haven't a clue by the time we get to university, and spend the last two days before every major project is due, in panic mode and working until 3 am.)
The idea of the Project Planning sheet is simple. The student goes thorough all the information they're given about a project, and puts everything onto one page, which lists everything they need to do. This is then used to plan what order to do the work in, and when each part should be done.
The pdf contains
- Project Planning sheet (blank)
- Example of a completed Project Planning sheet