I saw this article on focus and organization recently. There are some really great tips for helping students stay focused and organized. I really like the idea of having your students think of their “mind-wandering” thoughts as “monkey thoughts.” Just like monkeys leap from branch to branch running around the jungle, some of our students’ minds jump from topic to topic as they are trying to learn new things.
Another great tip is using a Time Timer. This great timer shows students how much time is left to complete an activity. Knowing how much time is left to finish a writing assignment or get the room cleaned up is so helpful to students who don’t have a clear idea of how much time things take to do.