Internship // During the Internship- Time Management
It's All About Time Activity

Suggested Grade Level

Grade

11

Approximate Time Needed

Minutes

Varies

Resources

Instructions

You will be assigned one of four tasks.  In your groups, you have 10 minutes to complete your task.  After the task, answer the following questions:

  1. How did you prioritize what would be completed first?

  2. How did you break down the tasks?

  3. What were some of the ways this was challenging?

  4. Did you find that some tasks needed to be completed prior to others?

Teacher Notes

Perceptions of Time

Do a quick exercise to see how we each perceive time differently. Tell students that they will be asked to be absolutely silent with their eyes closed, or staring at the floor, for 60 seconds. You will time them to the second. At the end of the 60 seconds, ask the students to share their responses to the following questions: Did the 60 seconds feel like a long time or did  the time just fly by? How difficult or easy was it to be silent for 60 seconds?

Managing Time

Place students into small groups of 3-­4. Distribute a bag with materials inside and a sheet of paper with four tasks. Tell students the task must be completed in 10 minutes. (List of materials and tasks included) After 10 minutes ask each group to present their completed tasks. Ask the groups how they prioritized what would be completed first. How did they break down the tasks? What were some of the ways this was challenging? Did they find that some tasks needed to be completed prior to others?

Time Challenges

Remind interns that organization is a learned skill and can help them achieve goals and reduce stress. The key is to prioritize all the things you need to do. Help students understand this vocabulary word.

Ask interns to turn to a partner and together list some of the time challenges they face on their internships. Ask for one example to be sure students understand the task.

Have them call out some of the challenges and post them on the board. Examples could include: getting to work on time (especially if they rely on someone else to drive), taking lunch and breaks at appropriate times, not understanding the priorities on a certain project, totaling receipts at the end of the day, wanting to text a friend, meeting a production deadline, cooking food so it arrives at the same time as another dish, editing music to fit with video.

When you have a significant list, read them over together and note how pervasive time considerations are in the workplace. Without attending to time requirements, a workplace or your life can be chaotic.

Recognize the time challenges that we all face. Point out that almost everyone must cope with conflicting demands on time and sometimes these conflicts make us feel stressed and frustrated, which can lead to drugs, alcohol or just quitting. Let them know that the next seminar is.

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Additional lessons in During the Internship- Time Management

A Matter of Time Research Assignment

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A Matter of Time: Reflection

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Managing Stress- Reflection

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