A student’s main focus should be on their learning. They cannot do this if they are
disorganized. If a student is disorganized, they are more focused on looking for their
work than they are on their learning during the day.
As a teacher, I see students sifting through papers to find their materials. I see
binders and folders jammed with papers. It is clear that the students are too nervous and
stressed looking for their things. They cannot be engaged in their own learning if they are
constantly worrying about where their materials are.
I will recommend a few ways to get and stay organized (these vary by grade level
as the materials vary for each age group):
1. Keep an AM and a PM binder. (One binder is for all of your morning classes before
lunch and one binder is for all of your classes after lunch)
a. Divide binders by their subject. Include loose-leaf/spiral notebook and a
folder for each subject.
b. Make sure each subject is divided in the binder within its own section.
2. Have one “take home” folder for all of your homework and various forms.
3. Regularly update your planner with your homework and keep the planner with your
take-home folder so you never forget it. (Parent/Guardian can check to see this is kept up
4. If you are allowed to use computers/have your own computer in school, try setting up a
Google calendar with important dates, homework due dates and assignment due dates
(Color code them by class).
5. Some students carry around a small bag with them from class to class to carry their
books. This may be a good way to keep all of your materials in one place so that you do
not misplace any.
It is important to check in with your child a few times a week to see if they need
any help with updating their planner/Google calendar, organizing their materials in their
binders and that their binders are not messy. I recommend hole-punching any papers that
are given in class and immediately placing them into the proper section in your binder.
This will reduce clutter and keep an organizational structure. In addition, make sure each
paper has a date on it so that you can organize papers in chronological order. This will
keep you even more organized in each class. Remember, if you are more organized then
you will feel prepared and ready for class!