SYSTEM STRATEGY: ORGANIZING
From the first day of school, young students must manage themselves. Minimally, they need to follow the organization of the classroom by performing the activity SM behaviors identified in Chapter 4. Yet for many, these SM behaviors are radically different from those required of students in the past. Therefore, to insure students' success, we must teach them these required management skills. If they are not learned, academic and SM strategy instruction will be hampered from the start. This chapter presents the procedures to teach activity SM behaviors and the organizing strategy which follows. The importance of such teaching cannot be overstated: It provides students with a model of how they should instruct themselves and others in carrying out their future plans.
Chapter 3 defined organizing as bringing together the elements required to perform an activity task. In other words, students have organized when they are in the right place at the right time with the needed materials and tools arranged so that an activity task can begin, continue, or end. 1 At this point, they have achieved an activity setup.
Yet organizing is quite dynamic. It is a process of moving from one organization to another, maintaining each as long as necessary, and moving again. With each change in organization (reorganizing), we can say students must adapt. To maintain an organization, we can say they must cooperate.
If students chronically fail to perform the SM behaviors that match the immediate organization, they are classified as anything from being disruptive to having an attention deficit disorder. By teaching as outlined in this chapter, you can increase the probability of avoiding such classifications.