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Clean Sweep: Organize for Success

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Clean Sweep: Organize for Success

  1. 1. Clean Sweep: Organize for Success Angela M. Housand, Ph. D.University of North Carolina Wilmington Pitt County PAGE
  2. 2. angelahousand.com
  3. 3. How do you organize yourself, your materials, your responsibilities?
  4. 4. Is your space picture perfect?
  5. 5. Is your space picture perfect?
  6. 6. Functional but Imperfect?
  7. 7. Functional but Imperfect?
  8. 8. Not Quite Functional?
  9. 9. Not Quite Functional?
  10. 10. Are You a Filer?
  11. 11. Are You a Piler?
  12. 12. Are You Visual Organizer?
  13. 13. Out of sight out of mind?
  14. 14. How much time do you spend?
  15. 15. Now you want to know: How can I get my son ordaughter to be organized?
  16. 16. Getting Organized in the 21st Century
  17. 17. D D I I G V I IMMIGRANTS I T D A E LNATIVES
  18. 18. Cognitive overstimulation that interferes with our ability to “think” (Toffler, 1970, p. 350)
  19. 19. So, in addition to what theteacher wants them to track, manage, and remember…
  20. 20. The First Step… Manage Time & Materials
  21. 21. (Eduventures, 2008)
  22. 22. (NPR March 16, 2011)
  23. 23. Infrastructure
  24. 24. Infrastructure
  25. 25. Infrastructure
  26. 26. Infrastructure
  27. 27. Infrastructure
  28. 28. Infrastructure
  29. 29. Organizational Strategies• Keep a “TO DO” List  Prioritize  Completion check box  Deadline driven  Revised regularly
  30. 30. Organizational Strategies• Keep a “TO DO” List  Prioritize  Completion check box  Deadline driven  Revised regularly• YES, YES, YES!
  31. 31. Google Calendar Supports Time management Sequencing  Setting Priorities  Notification of Deadlines
  32. 32. Organizational Strategies• Notebooks  Loose Leaf Binders with Dividers  Checking notebooks is necessary  Both parents and teachers participated when a student struggled
  33. 33. Organizational Strategies• Notebooks  Loose Leaf Binders with Dividers  Checking notebooks is necessary  Both parents and teachers participated when a student struggled• NO MORE!
  34. 34. Organizational Strategies• When a student struggled with being organized a teacher might:  Allow them to keep a copy of materials at home  Require the use of an assignment log that is checked daily or weekly  Give positive reinforcement
  35. 35. Organizational Strategies• No Need for Modifications!  A copy at home  No Need for Assignment Log  Instruction time is VALUABLE!  Less need for positive reinforcement – Now praise can be used for creative productivity…
  36. 36. Ozair Patel13-year-oldBright but loses things(e.g. handouts, notices)
  37. 37. Ozair Patel13-year-oldBright but loses things(e.g. handouts, notices)
  38. 38. Ozair Patel
  39. 39. Ozair Patel
  40. 40. Ozair Patel
  41. 41. How Much Space? 2GB FREEInstall on Invite Share Install another a friend or a on yourcomputer. colleague. folder. phone.
  42. 42. Shout Out!Give me a number between 1 and 10…
  43. 43. Organizational Strategies• The Environment  Specific location for work  Location should be distraction-free  Set aside a specific time  Daily, regardless of whether there is homework or not  Supplies and resources available and accessible
  44. 44. Organizational Strategies• The Environment  Specific location for work  Location should be distraction-free  Set aside a specific time  Daily, regardless of whether there is homework or not  Supplies and resources available and accessible• Still true, but…
  45. 45. Organizational Strategies• The Environment  Specific location for work, but realize the digital environment is mobile  Location should be distraction-free, limit connectivity but not access to information  Set aside a specific time, and work to increase focus  Daily,but “down time” is good too  Supplies and resources available online with access to the internet
  46. 46. Honor Diversity of StyleHelp students find an organizationalsystem the fits their “style”Encourage them to develop their ownsystemsAllow trial and error: Have patience togive system ideas a fair chance
  47. 47. Overwhelming?
  48. 48. Functional for Al Gore!
  49. 49. What constitutes success in the 21st Century?
  50. 50. People Will Have To…Collaborate Create & Innovate Solve Real Problems Communicate Effectively Persevere Despite Obstacles
  51. 51. Questions?
  52. 52. • Tied to his or her identity• Personally interesting• Integral to his or her vision of the future• Viewed as useful (Eccles & Wigfield)
  53. 53. Behavior Contracts Mutual agreement between parent and young person An opportunity for a young person so function somewhat independently Increases responsibility for his or her own actions Provides some freedom for the her in acquiring skills and understandings
  54. 54. Behavior Contracts Include: A goal component (The “what”) An actions component (The “how”) A time line (The “when”) Specification of expectations • Criteria for successful completion • Criteria for quality Signatures of agreement to terms (Young Person and Parents)
  55. 55. Consequences:Behavior contracts set positive consequences Example: continued freedomThey also set negative consequences Example: less freedom

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