Friday, March 22, 2013

Get Ready-Do-Done Workspace

Students benefit from having a place in the home that they can designate as their homework space. Today I'm going to share a tip on how to organize the homework space.

The Get Ready-Do-Done Workspace is another fantastic tip I picked up at presentation by Sarah Ward, MS, CCC-SLP. The concept is quite simple and it allows for students to plan and organize what they need in order to complete their homework.

All you need are three small pieces of colored paper: yellow labeled "Get Ready", green labeled "Do", and red labeled "Done."

Here's how it works:

  • Place the labels on the table or workspace as shown in the picture above.
  • Under the yellow "Get Ready" label, the student will place all supplies needed to complete the day's homework. This might include textbooks, workbooks, notebooks, pens/pencils, laptop, etc. Any supply that the student will need during homework time should go here.
  • Under the red "Done" label place the student's homework folder.
  • Place the student's unzipped backpack on the floor next to the red "Done" space.
  • As the student completes homework, he will move the items needed into the green "Do" workspace in the middle. This is where the student will actually do homework.
  • After an assignment is done it will be moved into the homework folder that is placed by the red "Done" label.
  • After all of the homework is completed and has been moved to the homework folder, place the homework folder directly into the unzipped backpack. This will ensure that the completed homework makes it back to school so it can be turned in.

This type of workspace can also be set up in the classroom on a desk using sticky notes or even more inconspicuous, small stickers in each color. (Older students may also prefer small stickers on their workspace at home).

*The information in this post is based on a presentation I attended by Sarah Ward, MS, CCC-SLP, co-founder with Kristen Jacobsen, MS, CCC-SLP, of Cognitive Connections.
For more information, check out their website Cognitive Connections or follow them on Twitter! 
Follow Sarah Ward, MS, CCC-SLP on Twitter: @swardtherapy
Follow Kristen Jacobsen, MS, CCC-SLP on Twitter @KJSLP

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