Learning to prioritize is still a challenge but is a necessary skill. In order to help Noah learn how to organize his time better, as soon as Noah would walk in the door from school, he would take a break, grab a snack, and then call me on the phone.
While on the phone, we would talk about each class, what was due, and if there was a test coming up. Noah would write out a study schedule that he had built-in breaks of 10-15 min. Unfortunately, sometimes these breaks would run a bit longer when he forgot to set his timer. Timers are a useful tool for students with low executive functioning skills. But, once he completed the task, he would check it off the list. There were always a few mishaps along the way, that is when Noah would use the extra time for homework. Don’t get me wrong, he isn’t perfect. He forgets to write down his homework just like every other student. When this situation occurs, he must email the teacher and attempt to see them the following day.
If all teachers would use and update the schools on-line homework websites this would help students like Noah to organize their assignments better. It would be a win for everyone. But, that doesn’t happen in the real world. So, it is important to teach students how to be responsible for knowing what the assignments will be in each class.