5 Ways to Help Gifted Students Get Organized
5 Ways to Help Gifted Students Get Organized
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, January 09, 2019 by Andilynn Feddeler

Many gifted students struggle with time management and organization skills due to the intense, quick-paced nature of their thoughts and ideas. Kids who work with advanced subject matter or less structured lesson plans may be more susceptible to chaotic disorganization that prevents them from achieving at their full potential. There are many ways parents and teachers can help their gifted students get organized and stay on track of assignments without constraining them.

  • Be a good example. Disorganized kids won’t improve their time management or organizational skills if their teachers and parents don’t have good skills themselves. Kids look up to the adults in their lives for guidance, so set a high standard for how you clean up after yourself and get things done on time.

  • Write things down. Getting a gifted student his or her own agenda or online calendar can encourage that student to take control of how he or she plans ahead and prepares for upcoming due dates, tests, and social events. It may take some support and practice, but when kids get into the habit of writing things down and seeing their month’s schedule laid out, they may become more inclined to keep track of what’s going on.

  • Set specific routines. Whether at home or in the classroom, doing daily activities at the same time every day can give students a nice, dependable structure that keeps them aware of the time. Once a kid gets into the routine of brushing his or her teeth every day at 8 or reading a book at 2:30, they will understand how to set and maintain consistent habits.

  • Be patient. More often than not, it’ll take a bit of work to get scatterbrained kids to believe in the importance of organization and actually begin to do it on their own. Let them maintain some control over what they do and how they do it, but offer guidance and motivation for staying clean and in order.

  • Assign tasks. Giving kids the duty of organizing their binders once a week or setting the table before dinner each night lets them know that they have a part to play in how the classroom or house runs. This helps them see that when they manage their time and keep things in check, it helps others complete what they need to do.