I’m a teacher at the adult education center and my focus is on preparing adults for the GED test. This post expresses my opinion based on my experience. In education reform today and the focus on standardized test scores, it has been mentioned that all sorts of remedies to improve performance are there, and we often overlook them.
For example: eating a good breakfast, getting enough sleep, reading every day, and taking good notes are some things a child (or an adult, for that matter) can do to improve performance at school. The former two are ones that make sense but aren’t usually written about. The latter are examples of things we hear, perhaps, too much.
I believe that there is a “technique” that will increase performance. I’ve written that later school start times are essential for student performance. Much has been written about the topic. I have another: student organizational skills. Besides the “I forgot my _______________” or “I forgot to_______________” excuses, I cannot even begin to tell you how many students I’ve seen with disorganized folders or notebooks (or none at all), or how many students I know don’t write down their assignments.