Organizational Strategies November 17, 2015 Transition Middle school is a difficult transition Organization Planning More teachers each with a different style Increased academic demands Increased requirement of independence Is this your child? The responsibility for completing their work lies in your child It is important to remember that the primary responsibility for completing work well is with your child. But it's also really easy for us to believe that when they don't immediately do that well, it's from stubbornness, or laziness, or lack of effort. Begin with the assumption that it's not. Most kids want to do well. They certainly don't want to get in trouble and don't want to spend more time on their homework than they have to. Giving them the tools they need can improve homework quality while at the same time reducing the time it takes to complete it. New Focus Begin focusing on helping them get organized as opposed to helping them with the work This will take time!!!!! Baby Steps Implement 1 or 2 things to start and slowly add in additional steps It takes a minimum of 21 days to learn a new habit Organization – like any skill comes easier for some than others Select a consistent place to study Free of distractions Uncluttered work space Place for supplies (paper, pencil, pen, eraser, ruler, colored pencils, etc.) Good lighting Comfortable chair or therapy ball Routine study time Study a little every night Review notes Break bigger assignments into smaller chunks Don’t wait until the last minute to do big assignments Daily Agenda Agenda is provided by the school Purchase own Smart phone apps Take picture of classroom board/assignments Check school website Organize Dedicated binder or section for each class Organize papers daily Family calendar Clean back packs nightly Set Goals Daily “To do” list Prioritize list – high, medium, low Timeline to complete bigger projects Be realistic about what you can get done Use a timer to stay on track Be flexible – sometimes priorities change Study Cards Old fashioned note cards Smart phone apps Chegg flashcards Quizlet Ask for help Encourage students to ask for help Technology Let technology help you Pictures of board in classroom Picture of worksheet Picture of completed worksheet Submit homework on-line/email My homework app Reinforcement schedule When you ….. Then you can ….. Computer time TV time Activity with parent Music Baking/cooking Read Arts/crafts Pokemon card Text books Access them online Extra copy for home Questions? Suggestions?