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Helping students stay organized

posted Aug 25, 2016, 7:10 PM by NBMS PTSA   [ updated Aug 25, 2016, 7:12 PM by Web Admin ]

Jackie Kelley, a professional organizer from spoke on September 23, 2014, about the importance of helping students feel organized.  Strategies to help them included using planners, whiteboards with scheduling information, creating a “landing area” for kids to put stuff when they come home, setting up a launching area for morning ease as they leave.  


Ms. Kelley talked about getting kids to buy into organizational plans.  Some students might work well with a portable file box where they keep mid and long range planning projects.  Also keeping magazine holders for information in subjects that’s cumulative – like language or math, so when they clean out their folders they have an easy place to find past information. 


Ideas for managing family time: family calendar, whiteboard, Google calendar (can also be for chores), The Time Timer which helps kids visualize the passing of time.  Also promoted idea of family meetings where the family can review upcoming events and help can be sought at that point.