Alexis Avila speaks with Seth Perler to discuss organization for disorganized students in episode #198 of the Prepped and Polished Podcast. Seth  was a teacher for 12 years (several grades and subjects), has a B.A. in Education, an M.Ed. in Gifted Education, has worked with teens with substance issues for 15 years, and taught on a Navajo reservation. On todays episode Seth talks about tips to get disorganized students better organized in school and in life.

Seth’s secret to being a good executive function coach? Seth builds rapport and trust and then he can push student into getting more organized. The relationship between coach and student is EVERYTHING, don’t just tell the student what to do, lecture approach won’t work!

Seth’s tips for organization:

  1. Declutter your bedroom and desk, simplify! The more stuff you have the more stuff you have to maintain! Downsize your environment.
  2. Have “homes” for things that are labeled! Keep electronics in baskets for example.
  3. Create systems for organizing their school work, homework and keep it in a logical place to find easily.
  4. Do a Sunday overhaul, so once per week re do and organize all your folders, papers, planners

What is a Queue folder?

The Queue folder is for everything current across all subjects. It’s a catch all for everything current. Ex) put paper that is due in a week in Queue, put science test review sheet in queue.

Seth’s final tips for teens:

Do not give up! #1 biggest problem will have is your own resistance. The key to overcoming resistance is to take baby steps and move inch by inch. The key to happy future is to do things you won’t like, like getting organized and writing papers. Push self beyond comfort zone consistently.

Check out Seth’s youtube channel!

For another related conversation, check out my other podcast with Seth episode #162 on Strengthening your Executive Functioning Skills

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