Organize Materials Daily
Organize Materials Daily
Why should I do it:
- Teaches students important skills that will be necessary more and more as they get older and progress through school
- Reduces wasted time with students looking for things
- Increases instructional time
- Improves work completion
- Students can find their materials and assignments faster and more easily
- Improves students’ self confidence
- Increases attending behavior
- Helps students stay aware of what their assignments are, which are completed, and which they still need to do
- Improves homework completion and return
When should I do it:
- When a student is disorganized
- When a student loses a lot of work
- When a student frequently fails to turn work in
- When a student spends an abnormal amount of time looking for materials and assignments in their desks or bags
- When students have ADD/ADHD
- When students have poor home support
- When students have trouble remembering what their work is, what they had to do, and what they completed
How do I do it:
- Have a student, a select group of students, or your entire class organize their materials in their desks and bags once a day
- Set up a standard routine and teach your students how to organize, for example using folders and putting work to do on one side and finished work on the other side, etc.
- Help students having difficulty organizing their things and provide one on one support, showing them how to do it and then having them show you
- Try a visual checklist for students that are more visually oriented, like those on the Autism Spectrum or those with ADD/ADHD
- Have the student organize their locker or desk at the end of the day
- Ask parents to assist their child at home organizing their backpack, materials, folders, work, etc
- Create a visual organizational checklist for the student to use before leaving for the day
- Have the student keep their things in a small crate or box either by their desk or somewhere else in the room
Resources & Support for technique:
(Items with footnotes link to external websites)
- Teaching Organization to Children 1
- Provide A Container For The Student’s Belongings
- Teaching Organization With Notebook Checks 2
- Helping The LD Child With Organization 3
- The instant guide to time management for kids 4
- Organizational Tools For Students 5
- Strategies To Improve Organizational Skills (scroll down a little on the page) 6
- Helping Your Child With Organizational And Study Skills 7
- Organizational Strategies 8
- Alcott, C. (2010). Teaching Organization to Children. [https://suite.io/christine-alcott/34x828a].
- Huff, D. (2007). Teaching Organization with Notebook Checks. [http://www.huffenglish.com/?p=318].
- Watson, S. Helpling the LD Child with Organization. [http://specialed.about.com/od/teacherstrategies/a/organized.htm].
- Crawford, L. The instant guide to time management for kids. [http://www.greatschools.org/students/academic-skills/1560-time-management-for-kids.gs].
- Pleasant Valley Community School District. Organizational Tools (for Students). [http://www.pleasval.k12.ia.us/studyskills/studentorganization2.htm].
- ASD CONCEPTS, LLC. Strategies to improve
organizational skills. [http://www.child-autism-parent-cafe.com/autism-students-in-inclusive-classrooms.html].
- Sedita, J. (1999). Helping Your Child with Organization and Study Skills. [http://www.ldonline.org/article/Helping_Your_Child_with_Organization_and_Study_Skills].
- Barrow, M. Organizational Strategies. [http://hrsbstaff.ednet.ns.ca/mbarrow/organizational_strategies.htm].