21 Ways Help Students Get Organized
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Do you need advice on helping your students get organized? If so, keep reading.
- Embody being prepared/organized for specific learning activities.
- Select a peer to model who is organized/prepared for specific learning activities for the learner.
- Train the learner to carry essential things in a backpack or binder.
- Get the learner to create a routine (schedule) and utilize a weekly schedule. Get the learner to create an organizational chart for daily tasks to be finished.
- Talk regularly with the learner to encourage organizational skills and appropriate use of learning materials.
- Get the learner to create a routine (schedule) to follow before changing learning activities (e.g., put away learning materials, gather learning materials for the next learning experience, make a list of what learning materials need to be replenished, etc.).
- Restrict the learner’s freedom to use school property if they are unable to remember to return borrowed things.
- Restrict the learner’s access to learning materials (i.e., give the learner only those learning materials appropriate at any given time).
- Make sure that all personal items are tagged with the learner’s name.
- Get the learner to organize their book bag every day before going home. Put paperwork in folders, prioritize the next day’s tasks, and update their calendar.
- Make sure the learner knows that they must replace things that are lost.
- Limit learning materials needed for specific learning activities.
- Observe the learner’s performance in learning activities or tasks to make sure the learner begins, works on, and finishes a task promptly so that they can go to the next learning experience in their routine (schedule).
- Give a color-coded organizational system (e.g., notebook, folders, etc.).
- Teach the learner to take care of personal items and school learning materials (e.g., keep property with him/her, know where the property is at all times, secure property in lockers, leave the valuable property at home, etc.).
- Give sufficient time for the conclusion of learning activities.
- Give an organizer for learning materials to be kept inside the learner’s desk.
- Require that lost or damaged property be replaced by the learner. If the learner cannot replace the property, compensation can be made by working at school.
- Give the learner a container in which to carry the appropriate learning materials for specific learning activities (e.g., backpack, book bag, briefcase, etc.).
- Give the learner a list of appropriate learning materials for each learning experience of the day.
- Consider using an education app to help the student sharpen their organizational skills. Click here to view a list of apps that we recommend.