Organization Ideas?

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Organization Ideas?
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Mon, 07-30-2012 - 3:07pm

My ds has a hard time with organization, so during the school year it's a struggle to keep on top of assignments, what he needs for the school day, etc.

Do you have any tips to share on how to keep them organized for school?  Do you have a routine you go through to get ready for the school day?

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Mon, 07-30-2012 - 9:22pm

These worked for us...

My dd was flunking math.  During the visit with the teacher, teacher said dd was only doing HALF the homework.  DD said, "I do it ALL".  I concurred, since *I* checked it against her notebook.  Come to find out dd was only writing down about half the assignments, because she was in a hurry at the end of class, and often got distracted.  In another class the teacher wrote the assignments on the board at the BEGINNING of class, then erased them 5 minutes later, to use the board.  DD only got some of those, also.

Solution... We had it put into the  504/IEP that dd must stop at the teacher's desk with her assignment notebook, and the teacher would initial the assignment page, to make sure she wrote them correctly.  If there was NO initial when dd got home & I looked at her book, she called the teacher at home, or called a designated classmate, to get the assignments.

If teachers didn't want to do that, they were to give dd a syllabus with ALL the necessary homework listed, as soon as they developed the lesson plan for the week or month.

If a homework project is to take more than one night, like a term paper, have it put into his 504 that the project will be broken down into "steps" along the way, with interim due dates, and credit for each step, that are a portion of the final.

Many teachers now have a homework hotline, or website where they list assignments, and where the kids can e-mail the teacher with questions.  Make sure you have access to all those webpages.

Have the school give you a second set of ALL his classbooks, that you keep at home.  This removes the frantic trips to the school at 8pm, begging the custodian to let you go to the locker.  Offer to pay a deposit to insure that they will not be damaged, and will be returned at the end of the year. 

Color code homework folder and classbook.  That means, cover the math book in a BLUE cover.  Get a BLUE folder to put math homework in.  As soon as math homework is done, put it in the BLUE folder, which you IMMEDIATELY put into the backpack.  If possible, and if it's not too much more junk to have per class, have him take his math class notes, and write his math assignments, in a BLUE notebook.  Do the same thing for each subject.

I have some more, but I'm rushed right now.  I'll think about it and write more.

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Tue, 07-31-2012 - 4:01pm
Those are great ideas! I like the checking with the teacher - that is, if instilled as a habit, something that would be good for college/job training and work beyond. Yes, at some point we need to do what we need to do, but double checking that you are doing the right thing is always good. As they say on "This Old House", "Measure twice, cut once!" Any boss would appreciate their employee doing the right thing the first time!

Color coding is great. We home school, but we also color code. It works great for me, and the kids always know which folder/binder/book to get.
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Tue, 08-28-2012 - 2:09pm
A 504 plan might be a good idea, even though they currently don't have issues with turning in late assignments yet, that doesn't mean a future teacher won't.