Resources for Teaching Organization

I remember watching Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood years ago with my daughter. He always took the time at the beginning of the show, while singing his song, to hang up his jacket in the closet, take his outside shoes off, put them by his bench and put on his inside shoes. He modeled being organized with personal belongings. He knew organizing is a skill that can be learned. Having an organized environment gives structure and routine that benefits many students.
In the early grades, the set up of the classroom’s materials and the system of paper management gives students practice in knowing materials have a place. For example, many teachers have various systems of keeping enough pencils in the room for the constant turnover of lost pencils, which is, I think, the number one most lost item for all learners and a frequent expense for teachers.
Teachers bring concerns of organization to my attention when students lose assignments, have a desk and locker that are constantly cluttered and a planner that is not legible. Sometimes students can learn from their more organized peers but many need frequent practice sessions of cleaning desks, lockers and having folders checked. Reviewing the importance of being organized can help make the task more meaningful and less boring. There are many resources available to help teachers utilize their teaching time to present the topic of organization in mini lessons. One favorite place to search for information that other teachers recommend is a website called trackstar. I think it’s the Google for educators. I’ve found excellent resources that can benefit all students as well as those students who require support services for learning organization. In order to have teachers learn how to search with trackstar and find these sites, you can go to the link section or click here. Try this search yourself and let me know what you think about the value of the information on organization.

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