Let me tell you a story about my sisters. I have an identical twin sister who is 5 minutes older and a younger sister who is 10 years younger. I guess this makes me the middle child, sort of. My twin sister and I are pretty similar (shocking, I know!)-- we are structured, cerebral, and Type A...which often means we're controlling, anxious, and generally less fun.
Our younger sister is the opposite. She is a free-spirit with all the time in the world for spontaneity. She is an artist, a fantastic amateur cook, and she dresses so well. She is definitely the Type B to our Type As (or the P to our Js if you're into Meyer's-Briggs). While she is so much fun, she can also be disorganized and prone to procrastination.
And you know what this meant when she was in her early school years?
That she had a history of forgetting, or ignoring, her school work until the very last minute...until there was a massive explosion of sobs and crumbled papers at 10pm on a Wednesday night while we all pitched-in on a last-minute, thrown-together book report on a book that none of us had read.
And it is not very fun to live like that... for anyone. Luckily, she has (mostly) learned to prioritize her work as she's gotten older.
But what if you're still stuck in that homework drama cycle that is making everyone want to pull out their hair?
Today's Free Resource Friday spotlights an AWESOME tool that you can use to help avoid the late nights and tears. Have you heard of the MyHomework Student Planner App?
This app is a one-stop-shop for helping your child organize all of their school-related needs. Some of my favorite features include:
The MyHomework Student Planner app is available free to use on ANY device and platform (ipad, iphone, android phone or tablet, Windows computer or Mac). And as always, I'm not being compensated for this review-- I just want to share another great FREE resource that I have seen have major benefits for some of my students with disabilities, particularly those who struggle with executive functioning skills.
Have you used an app like this to help your student get organized? We'd love to hear about it! Share in the comments on our IEP Guru Facebook page!
Note: I realize that this particular tool will likely be most useful to students who are in a general education classroom and who have a fairly typical academic load. Be on the lookout for resources in the coming weeks that will apply more broadly to students with disabilities of all levels!