The Great Middle-School Paper Challenge

My daughter is entering middle school. Any suggestions as to how to keep her homework — particularly all the different papers — and backpack organized?
The Experts | posted by Susan Pinsky

Piles of school papers, binders, and supplies can bedevil an ADHD child’s attempts to stay organized. Follow Thoreau’s advice: simplify, simplify. In terms of homework, a parent advocate can ask teachers to post homework online and to allow students to submit finished assignments online.

As for the rest of it, well, simplify with these tips:

> Have one binder with subject dividers rather than keeping a binder for each subject.

> In order to keep that binder clutter-free, every Friday, help your daughter empty her backpack of completed homework and obsolete notices into a milk crate placed in her homework area. Do not empty the milk crate until June; this allows your daughter to recover papers she might need.

> Invest in a good assignment planner. Some students prefer paper; others, a phone app. By middle school, your daughter will need a go-to spot where she can write down assignments and due dates. The assignment planner will also help her map out longer projects that are challenging for the ADHD student.

> On backpack-clearing Fridays, review the assignment book with her and note which days she needs to set aside for research/material gathering, writing, editing, and tweaks.


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