Getting Organized

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    Getting Organized
    At the end of each grading period, it’s always a good idea to do a little spring-cleaning. A skill that is helpful for many students is to get into the habit of organizing and re-organizing their school supplies on a periodic basis. The end of a grading period provides students with an opportunity for a fresh start and being organized is a useful tool on the road to success. Here are a few things I would suggest to help your student get and stay organized:

    1. Take everything out of the backpack and separate things into piles. Supplies (pencils, pens, hole puncher, stapler, ruler, colored pencils, etc.) in one pile and stack the papers for each subject area in another pile.

    2. Make a folder for each subject area to keep at home and put all graded papers in the appropriate subject folder. Keep all your graded work until the end of the year. This will help your student if there is a discrepancy in their grade with the teacher.

    3. Throw away all trash!

    4. Put all school supplies back in a pencil pouch or the backpack pocket and replace any items that need to be replenished.

    5. Reorganize the 3 ring binder by subject and re-fill notebook paper supply. Make sure to have subject dividers and check the metal rings on the binder because if students bend the rings then their papers will get caught on the rings and tear. It happens all the time.

    6. Recover their textbooks if the covers are demolished or falling off.

    7. If their backpack is a disaster, you can only imagine what their locker looks like. Consider taking a little trip to their locker when you pick them up from school or when you get home from work and cleaning out their locker. You will be amazed at how much can get lost in that little metal box.

    Going through these steps should help your student to have a fresh start this semester. Keep up the hard work!