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

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A must-read for parents, The Organized Student contains hands-on strategies for teaching your disorganized child how to organize for success in middle school and high school, with special tips for kids with ADD/ADHD and learning disorders.

The overstuffed backpack, the missing homework, the unused planner, the test he didn’t know about. Sound familiar? When the disorganized
Paperback, 246 pages
Published July 5th 2005 by Touchstone (first published June 28th 2005)
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Aug 16, 2008 BrainBackBend rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents and teachers
Recommended to BrainBackBend by: Dr. Wilkinson, Seja Rachelle, and Mary Wasiak

Finished 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. No
Mary Case
Dec 07, 2014 Mary Case rated it it was amazing
I am an adult 37-year-old college student and purchased this book for myself. I am very excited to try the suggestions for time management and DeskSet up. I have been reading organization books over the years. I find the more I read the easier it is to become more organized. This is one of the better books that I've read on organization. I would recommend this book. A lot of organization books I find great tidbits that I use. This book I intend to follow step-by-step for time management and Desk ...more
Rebecca Grace
Jan 07, 2014 Rebecca Grace rated it really liked it
Shelves: parenting
This book came highly recommended by my kids' developmental pediatrician, and I bought it reluctantly, expecting yet another unrealistic book promising miraculous transformations through elaborate sticker charts and token-and-reward systems. I was pleasantly surprised!

Donna Goldberg, who has worked professionally with hundreds of disorganized middle and high school students on a one-on-one basis, shares a wealth of insight into what it's like to be a student today and the variety of challenges k
Nov 09, 2013 Cat. rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I can recommend this book, based on the fact that I have a very disorganized kid in my house (who rather takes after his mother, in fact). The general idea of the book is that parents have to help kids, who are being asked to keep it together much younger than ever before. At the same time parents need to step up, they need to understand that whatever Fabulous System they use to keep themselves organized may not work for their kid. Let the kids explore how to set things up, since they know their ...more
Sheila Callahan
Jun 04, 2012 Sheila Callahan rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012-reads
I made it to page 140, ironically, stopping at the chapter I probably need the most: Understanding Time Management--The Basics. I only ended there because the library needs the book back. The Organized Student is useful for those of us who are organizationally challenged. I wish my parents had read it and taught me some of the precepts, but then again, the book only came out seven years ago. In the spirit that it's never too late and with a nod to the fact that not everyone is born or sees the b ...more
Lisa Rodriguez
Dec 20, 2014 Lisa Rodriguez rated it really liked it
Helped me help the kids get organized. Lots of great tips in this book!
May 10, 2008 Res rated it liked it
Shelves: org_biz
She has a program, and she's pretty much selling it: This is the one way to organize a desk, this is the one way to organize a backpack, etc. There are some options for personalizing based on learning style, but no acknowledgement that maybe a tackle box isn't the best solution, so here are some ways to explore other solutions.

I did like the stress throughout on not just setting up systems but learning skills; this could be generalized to all sorts of people who aren't students.
Feb 07, 2009 Tiffany rated it it was amazing
Shelves: educational
If you have a child who is disorganized at school, this book WILL help! The difference in my child is fantastic--it also helps you as a parent (especially if you are innately organized or somewhat so) to realize that organization is a skill to be learned, but must make sense to the person doing the organizing. It doesn't have to make sense to everyone else. I found this so simple, yet so novel!
Jul 16, 2008 Gloria rated it liked it
Recommended to Gloria by: Mr. Harris
I read this (quickly, granted) because Mr. Harris recommended it. Also, because, I believe, FMS will be recommending it to parents in the Magnet Program.

Overall, a good book, with helpful suggestions both for organizing and working with your child as s/he develops his/her own systems. I did think the reference to Vail and her thoughts on time interesting as well.

Lillian Angelovic
Jan 25, 2012 Lillian Angelovic rated it really liked it
A good guide for parents of kids with executive function difficulties. Not as applicable to my three online-schooled kids (no papers or books to haul back and forth from school, and workspace & desk supplies are quite different, plus all our planning is already set up online) but there were some good insights and it gave me ideas for new things to try.
Alexis Tanguay
Aug 19, 2009 Alexis Tanguay rated it liked it
Even though it is meant to help students in Elementary and Middle School certain things can be taken for the college student such as the planner section as well as the notebook and book bag areas. I skimmed through the book for the sections that could help me but I think thank it would help students in the classroom as well.
Nov 15, 2014 Giselle rated it really liked it
Recommended to Giselle by: NAPO
Shelves: favorites
Practical tools to utilize when teaching children organization, time management, long-term assignment planning and more. I plan to refer back to this book to fine tune strategies and systems I've put in place with my children as they become more emotionally and physically capable.
Jun 23, 2011 Stacy rated it it was amazing
Great book. Very helpful. I plan to use the ideas in this book for my students and for my personal child.
I really like the specific information on how to set up the home desk and bookbag.
Molly Christensen
May 21, 2010 Molly Christensen rated it really liked it
This had practical helpful hints that may actually help my students stay organized. I wasn't expecting to find anything new here, but I found tips that might even help ME stay organized.
Jan 19, 2010 Jean rated it really liked it
Now that I have a middle & a high school student, I'm reading about organization techniques to help keep them on top of their school work.
Gretchyn Bailey
Aug 08, 2010 Gretchyn Bailey rated it really liked it
I'm only halfway through this book, but I've learned a lot already. Getting a handle on a student's paper chaos is outlined step by step.
Jun 30, 2012 Janet rated it really liked it
Love to reference and this book is great for transitioning from elementary to middle and again middle to high school reminders and tips!!
Jul 05, 2009 Alto2 rated it it was ok
Some kids can't get organized no matter what systems you put in place. Thought this book might help #1 son, but no.
Jun 10, 2011 Deb rated it really liked it
Very detailed and useful for a variety of situations. I'm applying this not only to my kids, but myself too!
Dec 21, 2006 Kari rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone with school aged children.
Excellent for getting children on track so they can succeed in school and beyond.
Mar 21, 2016 Shannon rated it it was amazing
Great little book. It's always fun to learn more about organization.
Jul 23, 2013 Susan rated it liked it
Good ideas. Not much on what to do if child does not find his/her groove.
Jun 28, 2008 Wendy rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Great ideas for organizing teens and even younger students.
Beth Knight
Apr 27, 2011 Beth Knight rated it it was amazing
Lots of good ideas in here!
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