seem like a “no brainer” for many teachers, but did you know that executive
functioning, a key cognitive component in planning and organizing, is not fully
developed until many reach their early 20s? What’s more, many young students are not allowed to use
modern technologies, such as smart phones and Ipads while at school to help
them with this process. Furthermore,
many students are overwhelmed by the countless distractions in a busy classroom
and miss what appear to be clear directives. So, what can we do to help students remember to record as
well as turn in assignments?
Reliable Classroom Routine:
Plan assignments for the whole week. This will save a lot of time and
trouble for everyone.
Post assignments and reminders at the beginning
of class in a location that is easy to see.
Review new assignments as well as those that are
due, verbally, once everyone is settled down.
Make sure that all the students record
assignments and check agendas for accuracy.
Print assignments out onto labels that students
can place into their assignment pads.
This is great for students that have graphomotor weaknesses.
Make a document or take a picture of written
assignments and email it to the students and students’ parents with a simple
When students hand in their assignments, give
them a sticker of a hand to place into their assignment pad. This way they will know that they turned
To make sure everyone turned in their
assignments say, “Raise your hand if you turned in your assignment.” Be specific about which assignment and
hold up a sample for all the students to see.
and Planned Approach for Missed Class Work and Assignments:
Post assignments on the internet. However, do not use this approach
unless the site is reliable and you can always post the assignments before the
end of the school day.
Require that each of your students share their
contact information with at least 5 other students (Study Buddies). This way students can contact one
another as needed.
Suggest a plan for how and when students can
make up the work.
Email assignments to students and their parents.
Communicate all missed work with students,
parents and any service providers.
you are looking for structured ways to help your students with planning,
organizing and time management, consider purchasing Planning, Time Management
and Organization for Success. It
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