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How to Teach The Top 10 Organizational Skills for Students

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Organization goes beyond the saying “a place for everything and everything in its place.” Organizational skills make students more successful not only in school but also in their daily lives. Teaching your students these skills will benefit you as an educator as well. Ask yourself, are you tired of seeing your students losing assignments that are buried under a mountain of crumpled papers and forgotten textbooks?

If you said yes, then keep reading because we're diving into the world of organizational skills.

1. The Magical Clock: Time Management

Everything needs a strong foundation, and for organizing, it’s time management. A great way to help students understand its importance is to create a visual weekly schedule. Have them divide their time between school, homework, extracurricular activities, and downtime. Use colorful charts or digital apps to make it fun and visually appealing.

Time Management Race: Organize a fun time management race where students have to complete tasks within a given timeframe.

2. The Treasure Map: Setting Goals

Teaching the importance of setting goals is like giving your students a treasure map for their personal success. Help them to set both short-term and long-term goals. Let them use visual aids like treasure maps with destinations such as "X marks the spot." Each time they achieve a goal, they can put a shiny sticker on their map to track their progress.

Goal-Setting Vision Board: Have students create vision boards to visualize their goals. Provide magazines, colored paper, and markers to let their creativity shine.

3. The To-Do List Battle: Prioritization

Every adult knows that proper to-do lists are the unsung heroes of organization. The satisfaction you get as you get to cross those completed tasks off can be addicting. Teach your students the art of making a daily to-do list. The tasks that they include become the battle strategies that will ensure the win. Prioritize tasks by importance and deadlines.

4. The Toolbox: Organization Tools

Introduce your students to various organization tools such as planners, calendars, and digital apps. These are like a handyman’s toolbox, each serves its own purpose, but not all of them will be needed in a day. Help them choose the right tool that suits their style and needs, whether it's a physical planner or a digital app.

5. The Detective's Notebook: Note-Taking

Taking good notes is crucial for organizing information. Compare it to a detective's notebook, where every clue matters. There are many different ways to take notes; show them how to use headings, bullet points, or summaries to keep their notes tidy and easily accessible.

Give them opportunities to practice by presenting a topic, then have students compare their notes to identify effective techniques.

6. The Puzzle Pieces: Time Blocking

Time blocking is like assembling a puzzle. Help students break their day into chunks of time dedicated to specific tasks. For example, they can allocate one hour for homework, 30 minutes for reading, and 15 minutes for a brain break. Encourage them to stick to these blocks to boost productivity.

7. The Rescue Mission: Decluttering

A clean space leads to a clear mind, and a cluttered workspace is an efficiency killer. Encourage students to regularly declutter their areas. Sometimes organizing isn’t about neat piles, but knowing what to let go of. Give them bins to organize supplies, and be prepared to remind them not every piece of paper is important.

8. The Virtual Backpack: Digital Organization

Students also need to organize their virtual lives. Teach them to organize digital files into a system that makes sense to them. And no “search” doesn’t count! They should use their system for naming documents and backing up their work. It's like having a virtual backpack.

9. The Recipe Book: Task Breakdown

Breaking down big tasks into smaller steps is a recipe for success. Everyone wants to eat, but very few can cook without a recipe. Encourage students to break down the steps needed to complete a project or assignment. This can make even the most daunting tasks feel more manageable.

10. The Magic Mirror: Self-Reflection

Last but not least, teach your students the importance of self-reflection. It's like looking into a magic mirror that reveals their strengths and weaknesses. Periodically self-assessing their current skills and set new goals for continued improvement.

Empowering Tomorrow's Leaders Through Organization

Like most things teaching organizational skills is not a one-time event. It's an ongoing journey; filled with struggles and pitfalls. Encourage your students to practice these skills until they become second nature.

Written by Brooke Lektorich

Education World Contributor

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