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The SMS Parents' Guide to Organization and Study Skills HELPING YOUR STUDENTS DISCOVER EFFECTIVE ORGANIZATION & STUDYING Presented by: Ms. Ellie Sroczynski.

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1 The SMS Parents' Guide to Organization and Study Skills HELPING YOUR STUDENTS DISCOVER EFFECTIVE ORGANIZATION & STUDYING Presented by: Ms. Ellie Sroczynski

2 The Mom Song Sound familiar?

3 Is this typical? 0 Concrete Thinking 0 Skill Deficits 0 Search for Identity/ Exploration 0 Questioning of Authority 0 Poor Decision-making 0 Forgetting/ Spaciness

4 Sanity at an Insane Time Balancing Guidance & Independence 0 Provide concrete reasons 0 Provide choices (that you mean) 0 Model 0 Give time to collect thoughts 0 Use Action Talk and/ or Closed Questions 0 Practice 0 Include student input 0 Non-judgments and Validations

5 0 Contracting 0 Goals (usually desired by parent) 0 Actions (specific, realistic, matches reinforcement) 0 Compromise 0 If...then or When...then statements 0 Reinforcement 0 Tangible 0 Intangible 0 Good match with goal 0 Can be short-term or long-term

6 General Techniques 0 VAK ( Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic) 0 Direct Instruction 0 Categorizing 0 Ease of Use 0 Chunking 0 Break tasks into smaller parts 0 Action Planning 0 Long-term version of If...then 0 Student Goal-oriented

7 VAK Visual 0 Color coding 0 Lists 0 Reminders 0 Pictures 0 Note cards 0 Consistent formats Auditory 0 Reading/ saying out loud 0 Voice mail 0 Alarms/ Timers 0 Code words and phrases 0 Music 0 Other people/ peers 0 NOT what youve told them a million times Kinesthetic 0 Practice 0 Consistent locations 0 Student-written 0 Active 0 Strategy, Categorizing, and Memory Games 0 Simon 0 Memory 0 Perfection 0 Spot It 0 Mastermind 0 Dominoes 0 Uno 0 Scattegories

8 Creating an Action Plan 0 SMART Goals 0 Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely 0 Solution-focused 0 Prioritize needs and wants 0 Student input 0 Consider the now 0 Action-oriented steps 0 Reinforcement 0 Be Consistent 0 Monitor 0 Revise if necessary

9 The Power of Focus Activity

10 Organizing Materials Supplies at Home 0 Loose-leaf paper 0 Box of pencils 0 Box of pens 0 Sticky notes 0 Regular size stapler 0 Box of staples 0 Three-hole punch 0 One file crate 0 Box of hanging file folders 0 Desktop or Wall calendar 0 Index cards 0 Pencil sharpener 0 Supply list Supplies at School 0 Teacher lists 0 Small box for locker 0 Magazine/ File Box 0 Locker/ Agenda List 0 Heavy-duty Binder 0 Accordion Folder 0 Sticky notes

11 Organizing Space Study/ Homework Area 0 Adequate lighting 0 Large, hard, flat surface 0 Limited distractions 0 Supplies nearby, if possible (or in movable box) 0 Milk crate filing system 0 Place for garbage/ recycling 0 Avoid allowing study/ school reading in bed Locker 0 Magazine/ File Boxes for standing materials up and sorting 0 Magnet Clips (heavy duty) 0 Pencil Box for extra supplies 0 Magnetic pencil container

12 Organizing Time 0 Schedule of Classes and Times on Binder/ Folder 0 Alarms/ Reminders 0 Family Calendar/ Student Calendar/ Agenda Book 0 Scheduling 0 Homework time 0 Clean-outs 0 Check-ins 0 Study time/ Project work (whether assigned or not) 0 Balance Activities, School Work, & Unstructured Time 0 Creating a Routine 0 Consistent settings 0 Consistent consequences

13 Tips for Developing Study Skills 0 Mind Map 0 Strengths, weaknesses, challenges, interests, and dreams 0 Ask before suggesting ideas 0 Make project with where student is now & where they want to go 0 Revisit at the end of each quarter, revise and add accomplishments 0 VAK 0 List, Prioritize, and Check-off 0 Scheduled Study Times 0 Student best times 0 20-minute periods or less 0 Breaks 0 Enrichment Activities

14 Preparing for Tests 0 Learn each teachers system for tests 0 Encourage active studying 0 STAR Method 0 Survey for items to answer quickly 0 Take time to read directions carefully 0 Answer questions that can be answered easily 0 Reread questions and answers and make corrections 0 Encourage moving on if stuck 0 Ensure student is rested and fed 0 Encourage student to review corrected test 0 Teach anxiety-reducing methods, if necessary

15 Other Resources 0 Peer Tutoring 0 Homework Club 0 3:10 – 4 pm 0 Limited capacity 0 Sign-in sheets 0 Extra Help 0 Student-initiated 0 After or Before school 0 Depends on teacher 0 Need pass in morning 0 Create a plan 0 Add to agenda

16 Other Resources, cont. 0 Teacher Contact 0 May be with student first 0 Student-initiated 0 Consider early drop-off or late pick-up 0 4-point plan 0 Parent-initiated 0 After first 2-3 weeks 0 Focus on the positive 0 Connect in person & keep it brief 0 Maintain contact 0 When to get involved/ not to get involved

17 Conferences 0 Prepare agenda 0 Take your agenda, extra paper, and a pen 0 Be early 0 Introduce self by name and relationship 0 Share something you or your student has liked 0 Share concerns or questions 0 If issues, focus on solutions for at school and at home 0 Highlight strengths and previous successful strategies 0 Consider including your student if there is a student-teacher conflict 0 Contact teacher prior to conference about bringing your student 0 Have your student write a letter about their concerns and possible solutions

18 Other Resources, cont. 0 Middle School Website – 0 School Calendar and Upcoming Events 0 Guidance & Counseling Services 0 Staff Directory & Teacher Websites 0 Handbook 0 Newsletters 0 Conference Forms 0 Links Parent Portal Community Resources Honeywell Alert System

19 Other Resources, cont. 0 Middle Earth Community Youth Center 0 United Methodist Church at 48 West High Street 0 Open Mon. – Thurs. from 3 – 8 p.m. for ages 11 and up 0 Tutoring 0 When? 0 Extended absence 0 Repeated declines in performance 0 School recommendation 0 Inconsistent schedule 0 Student negative remarks 0 Who? 0 Teaching experience 0 Subject-specific expertise 0 Reliability and consistency 0 Parent Portal

20 Using the Parent Portal 0 Letter from SMS 0 Username 0 4-digit Password

21 List of Assignments

22 List of Assignments & Grades

23 Notifications


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