Let’s face it. We’ve all had unorganized students. You know the ones I mean. These are the kids who never remember their homework (or the fact that they even had homework). They don’t bring their supplies to class, even a pencil. If you walk by their desk or locker, be careful not to breathe too hard or you’ll find an avalanche of papers fall to the ground. Here is a list of ideas to try with students who are lacking in organizational skills. If you have a technique that has worked for you, please leave it in the comments!
- Create calendars to keep track of assignments and due dates. You can find some free ones to print at the Mead website. Google Calendars can also be very handy when creating calendars.
- Create a daily schedule along with a list of required materials.
- Help the student color code their folders and notebooks by subject.
- Provide an agenda or assignment book for the student to record their homework assignments. For young students, it is imperative to include parent-teacher communication. Students can be required to show their assignment book to their parents each night, which helps the parents know what homework has been assigned. The parents sign or initial it and the student has to show it to the teacher the next day. After the student writes the day’s homework assignments in it, they take it to be signed by the teacher. There must be consequences at home and at school if the agenda is unsigned or not present.
- Have the student help with organization in the classroom.
- Be a model of organization in your classroom.
- Give the student a place to store their belongings.
- Reinforce the student when they are prepared and allow natural consequences when they are not.
Here are some other helpful sites on student organization:
- Education World
- School Family
- Inside the School
- Vancouver in the Box
- The Organized Classroom Blog
Have a happy, organized day! Thanks so much for visiting!