Organization is a learned skill

organized and loving it

organized and loving it

Helping Students Stay Organized

Organization is a learned skill. Students need to develop organizational skills to be able to make the most of their learning environment.

For a few years, I was a substitute teacher at the middle school and high school level.  I generally was assigned to assist the teacher and monitor the students in the classroom.  Some students couldn’t keep their eyes open.  Some would deliberately cause problems to get out of class.  They would prefer to sit outside an administrator’s office than sit in a classroom.  A few had a binder so stuff with papers they continually fell out. It amazed me when they actually located their homework.

According to the article, How Clutter Affects Your Brain by Mikael Cho, “Excess things in your surroundings can have a negative impact on your ability to focus and process information. That’s exactly what neuroscientists at Princeton University found when they looked at people’s task performance in an organized versus disorganized environment. The results of the study showed that physical clutter in your surroundings competes for your attention, resulting in decreased performance and increased stress.”

You cannot control the school environment but you can your home.  Designate a space where your child(ren) will regularly do their school work and reading.  Make that area of your home free from distractions.  Encourage them to use their planner of choice to keep track of assignments and projects.  Help them to recognize the importance of getting and staying organized by setting the standard with your own home office, kitchen, bedroom, family room, etc.  The speed of the leader is the speed of the gang.

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