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Organizational Tools

Organizational Tools

Why should I do it:

  • Provides increased order for the student mentally and logistically
  • Improves student awareness of belongings, papers, supplies, etc
  • Increases student success and morale
  • Improves work completion and returning or handing in of work
  • Provides increased structure
  • Helps to develop and establish routines, schedules, etc
  • Increases student responsibility and follow through
  • Holds students more accountable
  • Improves student self-confidence
  • Decreases missing and lost assignments
  • Improves time management
  • Increases attending behaviors

When should I do it:

  • When students exhibit poor organization
  • When students chronically loose, misplace, and fail to turn in work
  • When students have trouble following the school/class procedures, schedules, and/or routines
  • When a students locker/desk is very messy and disorganized
  • When a student looses work, materials, and supplies in their locker/desk
  • When a student hoards work in their locker/desk

How do I do it:

  • There are numerous specific strategies and systems to help and teach students to become more organized, please click on links below to explore and choose some
  • Some basic strategies include keeping a planner or calendar, frequently organizing lockers, desks, and storage areas with the assistance of a teacher or peer
  • Checklists
  • Daily schedules
  • Keeping things in a crate and out of the desk or locker
  • Organizational folders with a “to do” and “done” side
  • Visual schedule
  • Parent assistance with daily helping student to organize and sort work, belongings, and materials
  • Turning in all complete work to one location and/or person
  • Etc.

Resources & Support for technique:
(Items with footnotes link to external websites)


  1. Pleasant Valley Community School District. Organizational Tools (for Students). [].
  2. Fattig, M. (2010). Teaching Organizational Skills – ADHD. [].
  3. Teachnology, Inc. Graphic Organizers. [].
  4. Kruger, S. Help Your Child Get Organized For School. [].
  5. Byrne. (2010) 7 Organization Tools for Students. [].
  6. Newhall, P. W. (2008). Organizational Skills for Students with Learning Disabilities: The Master Filing System for Paper. [].
  7. Watson, S. Helpling the LD Child with Organization. [].
  8. Amity Region # 5. Parents’ Guide to Organizational Skills for Students. [].
  9. Rief, S. (2007). Teacher Tips For Improving Students’ Organizational Skills. [].
  10. Casey, B. L. (2009). Study Tips: Organizational Interventions for Special Education Students. [].
  12. Page, C. Top 10 Skills for High-School Students. [].
  13. Coordinated Campaign for Learning Disabilities (CCLD). (1999).Developing Kids’ Organizational Skills. [].
  14. Tyler, A. N. Homework Organization For Students (And Their Parents). [].
  15. Russell, L. (2007). 6 Simple Organization Tips for Students of All Ages. [].
  16. Webster, J. Helping Special Education Students Get Organized: Tips for helping students get organized. [].