I recently started a discussion on linked in about an article I wrote earlier this year. The article title is Start a Tickler File to Get Focused. A special education teacher in the group was wondering how she could use something like this with her high school students who have ADHD.
I think this concept can definitely help students. I have a couple ideas that students with ADHD can use tickler files to get organized and manage their school work. I would love your ideas and input. I think these ideas have merit, but I think they may need more detail to be ready for implementation. Please add your comments and suggestions below!
In my original article, I described a process where you would use an accordion file, numbered 1 – 31 to keep track of paperwork (i.e. bills) at home.
- When you receive a new piece of paper that is time sensitive, write the date that you need to take action on the top of the paper.
- File the paper in behind the tab with the corresponding date.
- Check the tickler file once each day to see what paper needs to be handled.
Can this work for students? I think YES, but I think it needs some adaptation. I think the 31 day accordion file either needs it’s own plastic container or it needs to stay in one classroom. If this accordion file ended up in a backpack or locker, I have visions of papers falling out, getting lost and leading to missed assignments. Not what we are shooting for! By keeping the file in one classroom, a homeroom or specific subject teacher could teach the students how to use it and help them build the habit.
If leaving a 31 day accordion file in a classroom or keeping it in a plastic container isn’t realistic, consider adapting a binder with a closing zipper to use as a tickler file.
- The binder will need to have folders inside of it that go into the binder rings.
- Label each folder can be labeled with the dates of a specific week.
- Each time the student gets an important paper or assignment, have them put the paper in the appropriate week.
- Every day, the student should review the files for the next two weeks to see what assignments need work and planning.
- Every week, the student should review the files for the next six weeks to see what longer term assignments need work and planning.
Using a zipping binder will help to keep the papers in place while still tying the papers to when they are important.
How else could the concept of a tickler file be adapted for students?