Strategy of the Day | Preparation Time
“Provide a specific time for me at the the beginning or end of class so I can organize myself and my materials by getting rid of what I don’t need and making sure I have what I do need.”
Best for: Students who frequently lose their work, who have messy desks or binders, who regularly ask for a pencil or paper because they lose their supplies, or students who show a pattern of not turning in work even though you see him/her working on it.
Intervention details: Encourage students to help each other stay organized by asking their neighbor if they have their work or rating the neatness of their partners binder/desk. Experiment with making the process of staying organized into a game. Award prizes to those students who have their work everyday for one week.
Desired results: Students have their work when they need it. They develop the habit of organizing their belongings so when they aren’t provided a specific time, they will automatically check themselves.
For further reading: 15 Ways to Teach Better Organization to ADHD Kids