Organizational Skills

What it is

An area of student need, involving difficulty in following or developing a system of managing materials and ideas.

Teaching Strategies


• Develop an organization system, and provide time and prompts for the student to use it.
• Reward efforts.
• Ise a home communication book/agenda, where the student records the necessary information and the teacher checks for accuracy.
• Provide direct instruction in organizational methods.
• Consider developing and implementing an alternative programming goal pertaining to organization.
• Use a colour-coding system for notebooks.
• Provide graphic organizers to support the development of writing ideas.
• Use a checklist for the student to ensure that required materials are present.
• Use computers and assistive technology with graphic organizers.


• Use preferential seating to position the student close to the teacher for prompts.
• Post and refer to a daily/lesson schedule.
• Provide additional space for organization (file or magazine holder for work instead of in desk or locker).
• Have a clean-up period for desk and locker, and directly instruct the student on this.
• Use a visual timer.


• Provide extra time.
• Provide graphic organizers.
• Encourage use of computers and assistive technology.
• Encourage use of highlighters.
• Provide the necessary materials for tests (pencil, ruler, etc).
• Use a visual timer.


Homework strategies and techniques for parents who have children with ADHD. From The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids).

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Strategies for various student needs.