Keeping classroom assignments organized

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The easiest approach to keeping classroom assignments organized

The number one problem most students face once it is time to go back to school, is keeping classroom assignments organized. While focus and studying are both things that need time and attention, kids have usually not quite mastered the art of staying on top of their assignments from one day to the next. 

There are a number of different ways a child can figure out how to stay on top of their assignments so they don't fall behind. Once they fall behind they will find it extremely hard to get back on track. 

The main factor in anything like this is that the child and his family have to tackle the organization head on from day one. Trying to install some sort of organization after it has been discovered that the child is unorganized is going to be trying to work uphill. Start off with the right tools and you've got a good jump on making sure the child never gets buried.

The first step in keeping classroom assignments organized is to find the right school work organizers that is a combination of notebooks, filing systems, bins and shelves. There are a number of different ways you can go with this organization and you can use all of the tools or just a few or some variation.

The first thing that should be used would be some sort of assignment notebook. There are actual assignment notebooks that can be purchased, but you can also make the notebooks at home. You simply need enough columns to enter the assignments from each class with enough explanation of each assignment that the student will remember to do their work once they come home.  

The assignment notebook will keep what assignments the students have to do from one day to the next, but making sure the assignments are done and put in a place where they can be easily found again is the next step. The need for the right tool when it comes to organizing completed work that needs to be turned in, and work you simply want to keep for later reference depends on how much homework you actually have. 

When you are talking about toting your homework from one place to another, the best way to keep your assignments organized and in one place is by using some sort of folder or binder. You can come up with a way to tell the folders apart, either by color coding or simply having a different design for each class.  These folders should have at least two pockets, one pocket for homework that the student has turned in and one for those that still need to be handed in. Folders may not end up solving the entire problem, especially if your child has a ton of homework. Some of the homework may also not be able to fit in a basic cardboard folder.  

If you need something that is a little more heavy duty you can go with something like a three ring binder. There are literally dozens of different kind of binders, depending on how big you actually need them. Just like the two pocket folder, you can come up with some sort of filing system, such as dividers for each class. You can also have a divider for work that needs to be handed in and that which has been handed back. Binders with pockets are going to be the best because they can hold work that can be three whole punched or that are too large to be put on the ring.

If you feel as though the organization needs to bring out the big guns, you can even go with a different bag or tote for each class. Book pouches are thin enough that you can fit four or five in a backpack. These pouches can hold a binder or folder, as well as the books that are needed for one class or another.

The key to staying organized is to find a plan that works for your child and then stick to it. There are going to be times when you want to ditch the plan for expediency. In order to make sure that the plan works, you need to stick to it, even when it becomes a bit of a pain.

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