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Organization Tips and Tricks for Secondary Students


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Low to high tech tips on helping your Secondary Student get and stay organized--from workspace tips to study and writing skills.

Low to high tech tips on helping your Secondary Student get and stay organized--from workspace tips to study and writing skills.

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  • 1. Beth Poss, Assistive and Educational Technology Consultant [email_address]
  • 2. Beth Poss 1/8/09 [email_address]
  • 3.
    • Organization is the process of developing a plan for one’s space, one’s materials, one’s assignments, one’s time and a whole range of activities that benefit from a systematic approach to task completion.  The goal for organization is to eliminate tardiness, forgetfulness, lack of preparedness and procrastination.
    Beth Poss 1/8/09 [email_address]
  • 4.
    • My student does not know where to start with studying or with an assignment
    • My student has great ideas, but can never seem to get them on paper
    • My student never has the materials she needs from school to do her homework
    • My student never remembers that work needs to be done until the last minute
    • My student sits forever doing work, but never seems to get anything done
    Beth Poss 1/8/09 [email_address]
  • 5.
    • Know what kind of learner they are
    • A workspace with needed materials
    • Organized notebooks
    • Time management strategies
    • Pre-planned breaks
    • Set Goals and rewards
    • Reading for a purpose
    • Pre-writing/planning strategies
    • Use of graphic organizers
    • Editing strategies
    Beth Poss 1/8/09 [email_address]
  • 6.
    • Visual
    • Auditory
    • Kinesthetic
    • Combo
    • Strengths and Weakness
      • Handwriting
      • Artistic
      • Memory
      • Spelling
      • Reading
      • Attention
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  • 7.
    • Create a space for materials and resources
      • One central location, close to where work is done
      • Provide all materials you can think of that might be needed
        • Pencils, erasers, pens, colored pencils, markers
        • Ruler, protractor, compass, calculator
        • Lined paper, unlined paper, graph paper
        • Post It notes of various sizes, index cards
        • Stapler, paper clips, glue, glue stick, tape, scissors
        • Dictionary, thesaurus, style guide, subject specific references
    Beth Poss 1/8/09 [email_address]
  • 8.
    • Decide on 1 large binder, or subject specific binders
      • Personal choice/teacher directed
    • Color code binders, composition books and folders based on subjects
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  • 9.
    • Where to start
    • Notes
    • Outline
    • Graphic Organizers
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  • 10.
    • Guided Notes
    • Podcasting
    • Highlighting
    • Rewriting notes
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  • 11.
    • Creating Guided Notes
    • First create your content. This can be done in PowerPoint or in MS Word.
      • o When using PowerPoint, use slide layouts and be sure your text is typed into text boxes. When you have finished creating your presentation, go to File -> Send to -> Microsoft Office Word -> Outline Only. You will want to check and edit the formatting.
    Beth Poss 1/8/09 [email_address]
  • 12.
    • Once your instructional content is in MS Word, you can create leveled notes:
      • o Full version of notes: Be sure to save the full version of your notes. Some students may need this type of accommodation.
      • o Highly supported notes: Go to File -> Save as -> and rename your file. Then strategically replace key words in your document with some fill-in-the blank underlines. This provides a high level of scaffolding. (Limit the number of fill-in-the blanks at this level.)
      • o Moderately supported notes: Go to File -> Save as -> and rename your file again. Then strategically replace more key words and phrases in your document with fill-in-the blank underlines. This provides a moderate level of scaffolding.
      • o Outlined notes: Go to File -> Save as -> and rename your file again. Eliminate most of the text so that you have just the major headings. Outlines are best used with students who have learned how to summarize key constructs.
    Beth Poss 1/8/09 [email_address]
  • 13.
    • Students with writing difficulties typically spend less than one minute planning (Englert et al, 1988), and
    • less than 6 minutes writing (Thomas et al,1987).
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  • 14.
    • Post It/Sticky Notes
    • Planners
    • Idea notebooks
    • Flash Cards
    • Highlighter tape
    • Highlighter pens
    • Dry Erase Boards
    • Timers
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  • 15.
    • Post It Note Organizers
      • Easily moveable
      • Use different sizes for different tasks
      • Use color coding for different parts
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    • A way to help students plan and organize their ideas in advance of writing
    • Using this strategy, students are encouraged to write a key phrase or sentence starter on a mini sticky note (one idea per sticky note).
    • Once sufficient ideas have been generated (topic introductions, details, closing statements, etc.), the sticky notes are arranged in order on a piece of paper.
    • Students then use the sticky note outline to write their paragraph(s).
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  • 17. Main Idea Support Support Conclusion Beth Poss 1/8/09 [email_address]
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    • Read for a purpose
      • Looking for specific language
      • Evidence to support an idea
      • Examples of character traits
      • Plot sequence
      • Facts or data to find
    • Use Post It flags to indicate where something important that could be used as text support in written work—leave the flag hanging out of the book to mark the spot.
    • Saves searching for text evidence when it is time to write
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  • 19.
    • Inspiration
    • Word Tools (Smart Art, Flow Charts, color models, etc)
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    • Character’s
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  • 26.
    • Planning
      • Bulleted ideas don’t need complete sentences
    • Drafting
      • Use colors/highlighting
    • Writing
      • Just get it down
    • Read Aloud
      • Text to speech supports
    • Editing
      • Copy/cut/paste
      • Track changes
    • Final
      • Add graphics, cool fonts, other fun stuff as a reward
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  • 27.
    • Auto summarize
    • Right Click
        • Look up
        • Synonyms
    • Find/replace
    • Spell Check
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  • 28.
    • Color code words to be changed/fixed
    • Find tool
    • Track Changes
    • Thesaurus and Dictionary Tools
    • Spell Check
    • Editing Tom Sawyer essay
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  • 29.
    • Cell Phones
      • Calendars
      • Set reminders/alarms
    • iPods
      • Calendar
      • Audio books
    • Remember the
    • iGoogle, Google Calendar
    • Digital Timers on the Computer
    • Email/IM
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