Helpful Organization for those Forgetful Students

I have a few students who really struggle with any assignments that are outside of school homework assignments {daily, weekly, book reports, etc).

I do morning check-ins and afternoon check-outs to help my students stay organized.

In the morning, they come right in the room, show me their homework from the previous night, and if it is complete, I let them check off in their square for that day. They don’t have homework over the weekend, so I only have boxes for Tuesdays through Fridays.

Afternoon check-outs are for them to come in and we go over what they have for homework that night and they check that they have the supplies they need to do that homework. I will also reiterate the directions for each assignment, and I let them work on it until their bus is called.

Anytime they have a “long-term” assignment that lasts more than one night, I make a specific checklist for that to help them stay on track. The clear communicators make it easy to print off a chart and slip it right in to use with dry/erase markers, without worrying about laminating.

If you have a few that are struggling with organization, this might be a big help for them!

Have a great Sunday!


  1. Kim @ Mrs. Hs Resource Room on March 11, 2013 at 2:31 am

    This is a great idea and I do something very similar. However, this year I have one student that does NO homework EVER! I cannot find any motivation to get him to do anything (positive or negative). Any suggestions? Even during the afternoon checkout time he comes to my room to work on a little of his homework and still manages to come up Friday empty handed!

    • Mrs. Dixon on April 17, 2013 at 2:22 am

      Kim, depending on the level of your student, he may be using the fact that you help him as an excuse. I had a student this year that was capable of completing the work independently, but would just wait until the morning it was due because he knew he could sucker me into helping him. I have ceased to do this for him, and I require him to show me daily what he has done at home, or he does not receive the grade. However, I have a very low student that has no support at home, so I am a little more understanding of his situation and will help him as needed (usually he works hard to get it done at home). If I see that he did try, I will help with correcting. Hope that helps! 🙂

  2. Traci Bender on March 14, 2013 at 7:17 am

    So great to find another sped blogger! I just started a sped blog link up on my blog. I hope you’ll stop over and link your sped blog up! Just click on “special education blogs” on my top bar.

    The Bender Bunch

    • Mrs. Dixon on April 17, 2013 at 2:23 am

      Great to hear from you, Traci! Heading over now! 🙂

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