Kanban Inspired Homework & Revision Planner

Kanban (Japanese 看板, signboard or billboard) is a method to manage and improve work

If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else

Kanban (Japanese 看板, signboard or billboard) is a method to manage and improve work. In it’s simplest for it is three lists:

Using Kanban to build a weekly homework tracker

Following a stressful time getting my son to organise his homework and school week (especially ahead of exams using the homework diary from school), I taught him how to better plan his time using a Kanban-inspired visual technique (i.e. with post-it’s):

If Maths has to be HANDED IN on a Monday that’s where it goes on the wall. The arrows show a day before Monday when he should actually DO the homework. It’s a kind of To Do, Doing, Done approach from Kanban.

If he has a test, he writes that down and sticks it in the correct day of the week for when the test has been scheduled, then precedes it typically with two arrows, meaning he’ll do the revision on both of those two days ahead of the test:

One benefit of seeing everything visually makes it easier to spread the effort out over the week rather than crunching all the work on a Sunday and Thursday for example.

Generally there’s no control over the hand-in or test date (delivery) but there is control around the homework or revision (resourcing & time management).

Fine tuning the weekly homework planner

Important weekly events are labelled above each day making it really easy to see what else is happening during the week. It helps eliminate forgetting shin-pads and boots on a football day.

Finally, it’s useful to remind everyone that…

Good planning without good working is nothing


Article by Neil Irani, co-founder of KeyStageMaths.com

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