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The Organized Student: Teaching Children the Skills for Success in School…

by Donna Goldberg

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08.17.08Finished the book a few weeks ago and have decided to promote the book to parents and try to implement the systems with my niece who is entering 9th grade this year.This book is geared to parents, and it is not the kind of book that you just give to a child and tell him or her to read it. Rather, it will take trial and error, patience, and persistance to implement. The systems and techniques described by the authors will not be easy as teen and tween behaviors are difficult to modify. Nonetheless, organizing takes effort and we must start somewhere. The lack of organizational skills, in my opinion, contributes to epidemic proportions of poor performance.It is not enough for a parent (or a teacher) to tell a child to get organized. Parents and teachers have to teach a child the ways of being organized.I will set up a GoodReads discussion group for parents who choose to take on the organizational challenges set forth in the book.--------I am currently reading this book with the intent to draw heavily on it for next year. I am considering strongly urging parents to read the book, and we will work towards shared knowledge (students, parents, & teacher) and participation in the systems of organization presented in the book. ( )
  coffeeandtea | Dec 18, 2010 |
This is a great book for helping students of all ages get organized--lots of practical advice that makes it seem possible that your child/student will actually get all their stuff/info under control and functional. Excellent resource for anyone with children in today's over-committed, fast- paced culture. ( )
  mochap | Mar 17, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0743270207, Paperback)

Hands-on strategies for teaching your disorganized child how to organize for school success!

The overstuffed backpack, the missing homework, the unused planner, the test he didn't know about. Sound familiar? When the disorganized child meets the departmentalized structure of middle school, everything can fall apart. Even the academically successful child will start to falter if she misses deadlines, loses textbooks, or can't get to class on time.

This practical book is full of hands-on strategies for helping parents identify and teach organizational skills. Educational consultant Donna Goldberg has developed these methods by working with hundreds of students and in this book she provides:

Assessments to gather information about your child's learning style, study habits, and school requirements

Guidelines for taming that overstuffed binder and keeping it under control

PACK -- a four-step plan for purging and reassembling a backpack or locker

Instructions for organizing an at-home work space for the child who studies at a desk or the child who studies all over the house

Ways to help your child graduate from telling time to managing time

Special tips for kids with learning disabilities and kids who have two homes...and more

The Organized Student is a must for any parent who has heard the words, "I can't find my homework!"

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