Teaching Organization Skills in the Classroom

Messy desks, papers falling on the floor, chairs NEVER pushed in, and even mystery mold in backpacks!  Oh yes, teachers have seen it all!  Organization skills are such important skills to learn.  We WANT students to be organized because we know how helpful it can be in all aspects of life.

But HOW do we teach students to be organized?  How do we write IEP goals in organization and how do we monitor the progress in this area?   

These are struggles that many teachers come across.

Unlike “math” with its right or wrong answers, ways to teach organization skills are not so clear.  We need a reference guide for teachers to work with students on building their organization skills.

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Having taught K-8th (some 9th-12th) throughout my career, I realize that disorganization can be a problem.  This problem can continue throughout a student’s entire academic career.  Students with IEPs are needing goals in organization.  Maybe my disorganized 8th graders could have changed.  Maybe they would have had an easier time managing their live. Perhaps teachers could have taught them some organization strategies.  However, along with social skills, there’s still a lack of resources available to guide teaching organization skills.

Therefore, I came up with a guide.  This guide gives teachers some strategies to help them to prepare to teach their students organizational skills.  Originally I geared the strategies towards special education and resource teachers.  However, these strategies are completely appropriate for general education teachers too!

Take a look at the full version here.



Guide for Teaching Organizational Skills

In this guide for teaching organization skills, you will find 14 strategies (complete with implementation forms and samples).  Each strategy is designed to teach organizational skills to students, with or without Learning Disabilities.  If your students have IEPs, use the progress monitoring tracking forms and sample IEP goals in the category of organization.  I have used every strategy in this guide at some point in my career to help my students.  Because every student is unique, not every strategy will work with every student.  That’s OK!  Find the one that works for them.

If we teach “how to be organized” at a young age, it could only help our students be better prepared for their futures.


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