Teaching Organizational Skills
June 22, 2010
This is a procedure that works really well for me to keep dismissal less hectic. Homework assignments are written first thing in the morning as part of the ‘morning work’ while I am taking attendance and checking homework. Any books needed to take home that may not be needed in class that day are immediately placed in book bags, as a class, on my ‘countdown’. During the day, as we use a book, like the reading book or their math book, and there is a homework assignment in that book, it is placed in their book bag immediately after we finish using it. This is done before taking out the next book. If they put them in their book bags as a class on my countdown, it gets done. Lunchboxes are placed in the book bag as soon as we return from lunch. I write any notes I have to send home during our specials time and staple them to the agenda book where homework is written and parents sign. I place the agenda book in the student’s book bag. Doing everything as we go along throughout the day, takes just a few minutes. It becomes routine for the students and teaches organization skills. This daily procedure has us ready to go at the end of the day when the bell is about to ring.