Organization: first thoughts

On most Day 1 and Day 2’s we’ll focus on organization. Going forward, I’ll confer with you about the work you are doing in other classes  and how you are managing that. This week, as IPads are rolling out, we’ll set up our study planning notebooks, and we’ll step back and think about what we’ve done in the past to keep track of our work and what we may want to change this year.

When I was in middle school, there was only really one way to track homework: you’d write it down. The only  question was whether you’d write it in a calendar, a binder, or on a scrap of paper. I know I tried them all, with varying degrees of success.

Now at AES in 2016, there are many more options. Some students track homework by writing it into a hard copy calendar, such as the AES agenda. This is what I often do, myself. Others rely on electronic tools, such as Notes, Reminders, Google Calendar, or Sunrise. (This year Sunrise is ‘sunsetting’, so we’ll be looking for replacement for that.)pic calenar

I thought it would be interesting to share with each other the systems we use for remembering what we have to do and when we have to do it. Please tell us what you do and why it your think it works for you in the comments below. If you are planning to use new tools this year, please share those as well. And while you’re at it, why not read what other students are doing? You might learn a new trick or two while you are at it! Don’t worry if you are new to AES middle school; we’ll be helping you find a system that works for you.

29 thoughts on “Organization: first thoughts

  1. I use my school calendar. This works for me because I often remember things longer if I actually write them down and I like to cros things out when I have done them. I plan to use the same method this year because I realy liked it.

    • Ellen, I think hard copy calendars are great for keeping track of things. I’ll be interested in seeing your system and how it works.

  2. I use google classroom and it works because a lot of teachers use it and it always reminds me if I have a assement.
    I also use remders for the teachers that don’t use google class and it works because it is like google classroom.
    This year I plan on using google classroom a lot more.

    • Jason, I think that makes sense. A lot of teachers are using Google Classroom, which pulls in Google Calendars. It is also important to have a daily routine for checking your system.

  3. I used sunrise.
    I worked because I could access whenever, but this year I’m going to use the agenda but also Google calendar as a backup because I don’t want to forget writing something down.

    • Mackenzie,
      As you know, Sunrise is ‘sunsetting’ at the end of this month, though Google Calendar will still be up and running. I think using a paper and pencil agenda with an on-line backup makes a lot of thing. You’ll want to come up with a routine for checking those things daily, I think.

  4. I use my agenda and sunrise to keep organized with my homework. This system works because I take my agenda home every day and my iPad. This year I plan to use my agenda and sunrise for keeping track of my homework and classwork.

    • Vedaa, That sounds like a good system. We’ll be finding a replacement for Sunrise soon, because it will not work after August 30th. But there are other options that will do much the same thing!

  5. I use Google clasroom because most of my teachers use it and it is effective but I might start using google calendar or back to the good old agenda. I use sunrise but that sets on the 31 so back to the old stuff:(

  6. Last year I used sunrise I think worked well for me though sometimes when it was glitching and didn’t show the homework though there was homework.
    For this year I’m planning to use the new Google classroom system to stay organised with my work because I tried it out and it seemed to be easy and helpful.

  7. I use and used google classroom. This system works because all my teachers are using classroom. This year I plan on continuing this plan because all my teachers are using it and I works well for me.

  8. I use my agenda or sheets of paper to write down my homework
    I keep the homework sheet in my binder so that I don’t forget it.
    This method works because I never leave my binder or I get pretty much shouted at.
    This year I plan on being more responsible because last year i used a different method which was memory. It never worked it because I forgot my homework.

    • Ugo, Ah! Memory is great, but it doesn’t always work without help, does it? Writing things down can provide a record and it can actually help your memory. If you would like a school agenda, I’ll save one for you.

  9. I used sunrise and that worked very well for me because I could track my homework and see all the calendar at the same time. This year I’m going to use google classroom to track my homework. If that doesn’t work then I will use notes.

    • Maia, That sounds like a good place to start. I think we will find a substitute for Sunrise, which may be helpful to you in classes where teachers do not yet use Google Classroom.

  10. I use google classroom.
    This system works because I can see when homework is due.
    This year, I plan to use google classroom because I think it would really help me.

    • Hi Julian-I’m glad Google Classroom is helpful to you. It’s great for classes where teachers use it. For classes where teachers don’t use it, we’ll need to figure out another plan…

  11. What I do is make like a list of the things i have to do like homework or just study because it will always remember me to look at my notes for what i have to do and when I do finish a task I check that off. So thats just an easy thing to do for me.

    • Hi Helen, it sounds like you write down notes that help you remember what you need to do. That’s great. I also like that you make lists. Do you use Google Calendar or do you just go to teachers’ blog calendars?

    • Anya Rose, We’ll want to work on figuring out a system that works this year. It’s much easier to keep up here when we don’t fall behind. There are a lot of good options, though!

  12. I used a sheet of paper that had homework on it Monday to Friday. The bad thing was that your parents have to sine it to not get a red face but if your parents not home you will get on read face. This year I will plan by using notes and reminders on iPad or an agenda.

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