Posts filed under: Organizing Students

Every time I present a workshop, I wind up learning something new. The day I spent at the Jacksonville State University Regional Inservice Center was no exception. Google 411 is a free alternative to the regular 411 we are used...
School is starting and students are looking forward to the perfect school year. Notebooks are brand new. Bookbags are neatly organized. All is looking good for the first day of school. For all too many students, the opening-day euphoria is...
This morning I was reviewing a blog I maintained for my teachers during my final year as a principal. Just as I had suspected, I found a few gems that I want to share with teachers throughout our school system...
Forgotten items, missed school busses, and frazzled nerves can so often be traced back to one simple problem—assuming Rome can be built between the time the alarm clock goes off and the school bus pulls up. Morning is a terrible...
So much of the information exchanged between the home and the school happen through written communication. Report cards, weekly folders, notes from teachers, field trip permission forms, and newsletters are examples of information which comes via paper. Some students seem...
For some students, the book bag is a big black hole into which papers go and are never seen again. When the student finally cleans out the book bag in May, one can only imagine what lurks at the bottom....
As adults, we remember fondly the English teacher who assigned the term paper (due 2 months hence), and then said, “I want you to turn in your topic this Friday, and outline the next Friday, a dozen note cards the...
A number of years ago, I composed an article for a parent newsletter entitle “Managing School the Easy Way” when I was serving as principal at Graham Elementary School. I am breaking that article down into 5 relative short posts,...
I participate in several time management/personal productivity discussion groups. The exchange of ideas healthy and even when disagreement arises, I think we all come away a little smarter. One of the things about these groups is that you never know...
Experienced teachers will tell us that school success and intelligence do not always go hand-in-hand. Often, very bright young people don’t remember to do assignments, lose their work, and spend inordinate amounts of time frantically looking for things in a...