Organizing Inattentive Add Students With In 4 Simple Steps

By Tess Messer

Great schools know how to keep kids with ADHD organized. One intervention used by many great school uses four simple tools to keep everyone in the classroom organized. The best schools have learned organizational tools that assist students with ADHD, tend to not only help the inattentive and disorganized kids, these organizational tools help everyone.

The organizing tools used by many great school work on the assumption that we all optimize our performance when we:

I. Understand the task that needs to be done.

II. Define the time frame that the task is to be performed in.

III. Have plan with clear tasks and duties.

The simple tool used to optimize student performance involves just four tools. They include:


1. A Monday morning student/teacher meeting

2. An accordion file

3. A list of assignments

4. A posted classroom sheet with a copy of the assignments and the Due date

This is how it functions. Every Week the class instructors have a brief meeting with the class where the weekly assignments are given to the students. Materials that are pertinent to each homework assignment are carefully filed in the accordion file that has previously been labeled with headings such as:Math, Current Events, etc. The instructors talk with the class about what the nature of each subject task is, what is required, how much time the instructor thinks it will take to thoroughly complete the work , what needs to be brought to school along with the homework assignment (e.g. flash drive, art supplies, current event newspaper or internet article, etc) and the day that the assignment is due.

The students assignment list includes a description of:

A. The assignment

B. An estimated time in hours to completely finish this work, (they ask each student to adjust their individual time to finish by how close the teacher’s reported average estimated time of completion differed from their actual completion times for previous required assignment of the same kind. For example if last week it took them 2 hours to complete their journal task but the average length the instructor thought that it would take was just thirty minutes, then the child would scratch out the 30 minutes on the assignment sheet and write in 2 hours).

C. A due date.

Middles school age and older kids have a similar method for organizing homework except that each individual subject instructor gives them their assigned weekly task and it is up to the child and parent to insert this information onto the child’s weekly planner .

At home the kid’s parents are requested to look at the homework assignment list on Monday evening and make sure that the child has a plan and the necessary support that they may require to finish their weekly work.

This system has worked extremely well in the homes where it has been implemented. These procedures do not require any new fangled tools to accomplish and this process can be set up in one day.

There is another very useful school planner, known as The Inattentive ADD PAC Planner, that uses tools similar to the system described above that was developed by a woman who mothered four kids who had been diagnosed with Inattentive ADHD. It is a downloadable academic planner and it is designed with the above components in mind.

If for reasons beyond your control you cannot put a plan like this in place at your school Inattentive ADD PAC Planner would be a great investment.

About the Author: Tess Messer has published over 200 articles on ADHD. Would you like a free Inattentive ADD evaluation test? Visit Primarily Inattentive ADD at:

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