Productivity and Accountability

Analysis:

Productivity is the ability to create a product using these skills: setting and meeting goals, prioritizing needs, managing time, working ethically, collaborating and cooperating with colleagues  and clients.

Accountability and productivity are interconnected. Accountability is taking a role in the creation of a product and taking responsibility for the performance of the product.

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Application:

        Here are two lesson ideas that utilize productivity and accountability:

1. Research project: Students are to research a topic collecting at least a given number of sources. Students then use those sources to create a web published document discussing their research topic that their peers can leave comments on. Each student then reads and comments on a given number of other student's topics. Then each student complies a reflective paper using what they have researched and the input from their peers. This project can either be done as an individual or group project.

2. Student accountability project: At the beginning of the quarter or unit students will come up with a set number of personal goals. Each student will then create a timeline using google calendar to manage how they will achieve their goals. During the unit or quarter students will periodically meet with their teacher to discuss their progress towards meeting their end of unit/quarter goals. At the end of the unit/quarter students will write a paper on how well they worked to reach their goals, and what changes they would make in order to reach all their goals during the next unit/quarter. 

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Evaluation:

1.Productivity: This is important since it is the way in which success and failure are established in the working world. Being productive means being able to produce a product of a certain quality with a given timeframe. 

2.Accountability: This is important since it is how we are assessed on productivity in the working world. People are held accountable for the actions they take to complete a task. 

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
– Benjamin Franklin

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