Organization

Matching Work Systems
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Situation: 

I have a very disorganized student who has trouble completing work on his own. He is always asking me what he needs to do and needs a lot of help to complete his activities. How can I help him work without so much help?

Line Up List
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I work with older students who always fight about who is first in line. Our transitions are difficult to begin with but this makes it even worse. Do you have any suggestions?

Visual Prompts: Homework & Book Bag Reminder
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My child is always forgetting to bring home her homework, lunchbox, or other items. How can I help my child remember what needs to come home from school each day?

Green Dot to Red Dot: Visual Chunking Strategy to Teach Classwork Independence
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One of the students in my Learning Support class requires prompting and reassurance for every problem on his math worksheet.  I want him to complete tasks more independently but he is constantly asking me for help or if his answer is correct.  I can’t work with other students who also need my help with all of these interruptions.  Do you have any suggestions?

Graphic Organizer Tools for Writing
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Situation: 

My very bright 13 year old granddaughter has a great deal of trouble putting her thoughts down on paper. She has ADD and makes excellent grades but when it comes to answering a question that requires her to write down her thoughts, she has a very hard time. It can take her hours to write just a sentence or two. Once on a test at school, she simply wrote nothing. She did fine on the rest of the test but not on the writing requirement. This happens both at school and home. What can I do to help my granddaughter be more able to put her thoughts into writing?

Homework Bin: A Labeled Place to Turn In Assignments
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I have a very bright student with Asperger Syndrome included in my general education math class who never turns in his homework.  When I talked with his mother about the situation, she insisted he always completes his homework and puts it in his backpack to bring to school the next day.  Sure enough, when I checked his bag, there was a bunch of homework assignments, completed but never turned in!  He wasn’t able to explain why he never gave me the homework and questioning him just upset him further.  The students know to drop their homework on my desk as they enter the class but I always remind them as they come in anyway.  What can I do to help him remember to give me his completed work?

Locker Organization Skills
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Situation: 

I have a student who frequently comes to class without her textbook. If she remembers her book, she’ll ask to go back to her locker for her folder. She always seems to be forgetting some necessary material which means she’s missing valuable class time by returning to her locker so much. How can I help her remember to bring everything she needs to class?

Mini-Schedule: Science Class
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Situation: 

I have a student who comes to my science class day after day and repeatedly asks questions like, “what are we doing today, now what, what do I do when am I finished”? I don’t have time to answer all his questions. What can I do?

Starting a New Classroom: Where to Begin
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I am a new Special Education Elementary Teacher who is responsible for starting up a new support classroom for students with significant learning needs. My students spend a great deal of their day with me in the classroom and only leave for specials. There is so much to do to pull together this class. I have so many ideas of how I want it to be to best support my students however I am feeling overwhelmed and don’t know where to start. Please advise…..

Peer Checker
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Situation: 

I have a student who is pretty disorganized and I always have to spend time with him before and after each math class to make sure he has his assignment, materials or homework etc.  He is in 5th grade and I really think kids at this age should be able to do this on their own.  His special education teacher feels he needs additional support to get himself organized but it is hard to do this when I have 28 other students in my class.  Any ideas?

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