ERIC Number: EJ702151
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: 6
Teaching Organizational Skills
Bakunas, Boris; Holley, William
Clearing House, v77 n3 p92 Jan-Feb 2004
Kerr and Zigmond (1986) found that 67 percent of all high school teachers surveyed viewed organizational skills as crucial for student success in school. How can teachers get their students to agree? One way is to teach organizational skills just as they would teach writing or computation skills. Explain and demonstrate what students are to do, provide plenty of opportunities for practice, and give necessary feedback. Of course, teachers wish that their students had been taught those skills in elementary school, but middle school and high school teachers should never assume that their students can organize. This article describes how organizational skills can be taught. Start by clearly specifying the instructional objectives. Teachers can teach students organizational skills in two broad categories: (a) organizing supplies and (b) organizing behavior. Teachers can draw up their own objectives or use those that follow. For starters, keep the list down to the bare essentials, and make sure that age-appropriate skills and methods are chosen.
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Time Management, High Schools, Academic Achievement, Skill Development, Study Skills
Heldref Publications, Helen Dwight Reid Educational Foundation, 1319 Eighteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036-1802. Web site: http://www.heldref.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A