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That Crumpled Paper Was Due Last Week: Helping Disorganized and Distracted Boys Succeed in School and Life Paperback – January 5, 2010
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-Michael Gurian, author of The Wonder of Boys and The Minds of Boys
"Ana Homayoun gets it! Combining an extraordinary feel for what boys face in schools these days with an enormously shrewd, practical sets of tips on how to get organized and excel, this book hits a home run. All parents and teachers as well as students (yes, I think girls could find it useful, too!) will find that this book makes school less of a struggle and more of a pleasure. Brief, to-the- point, and clear, this book is an invaluable, unique tool."
-Edward Hallowell, M.D., author of Super Parenting for ADD and Driven to Distraction
"Filled with practical advice for the parents of disorganized boys (and that's an awful lot of young boys), Ana Homayoun's That Crumpled Paper Was Due Last Week teaches us how to help our sons navigate through a school environment that is less than kind to distracted and disorganized young men."
-Madeline Levine, Ph.D., Author of The Price of Privlege
"Homayoun, an educational consultant, has seen plenty of boys who score high on standardized tests but earn poor grades. Often the reason is that boys are not as good as girls at multitasking, a crucial skill that requires organization. She reports complaints from parents of boys chronically losing homework, forgetting tests, and not turning in assignments. She cites research on differences in how girls and boys learn, and examines them in the context of the distractions of technology, from video games to the Internet. Homayoun also looks at contributing factors, from sleep deprivation to overly involved parents. She helps parents to identify the particular style of their son's disorganization--procrastinator, scatterbrain, slacker, underachiever--and how to tailor a program that will help him. Among the suggestions: goal setting, self-competition, breaking down tasks into steps, scheduling to avoid stress and manage extracurricular activities, and using an assortment of tools, including binders and planners. Helpful advice for parents struggling with disorganized boys--or girls."
-Vanessa Bush, Booklist December 2009
Top Customer Reviews
Too many education books are rich on theory and thin on solutions. The parent or teacher of a disorganized and distracted middle school student does not need much theory. They need to know what to do today, tomorrow and next week. Homayoun hits the nail on the head with this book. The majority of this title is filled with specific strategies, not just tips, for organizing and studying. On the first read I filled the pages with underlinings and marginalia. Since then I have added post-it notes to mark favorite pages for meetings with parents and teachers. The theory she does provide, a taxonomy of disorganized boys, will serve to assuage a parent's concerns; oh phew, he is not the only one with these problems!
My only criticism is that the title might cause parents of girls to miss this invaluable resource. While her taxonomy of boys is rather gender specific, all of the tips for organization apply to both sexes. Homayoun has tried to fill the need with a new book on girls, The Myth of the Perfect Girl.Read more ›
We just had a meeting with my son's teachers and when I showed them the book, one teacher said " I think I have that crumpled paper that was due last week right here!" We did get a good laugh. But there was also a comment about how incredibly organized his book bag and binders were and how you don't usually see them looking that neat with boys in middle school.
The only problem I had was when first reading about helicopter parenting, and how you have to let them learn for themselves, I backed off totally and he quickly began slipping. It was too overwhelming for him because, as I said, we had never given him the proper tools or taught him any way to get organized. So I realized, he still needs some help and guidance before he can be completely set free. We are on our way! My son and I are very, very grateful that this book was recommended to us!
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Great tips for breaking goals down in a way that a middle schooler can manage. Using these techniques, we were able to identify usable tools that help reduce the stress of being... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bob Roberts
Moms and Dads of boys -- please oh please read this. You'll save tearing your hair out.Published 6 months ago by Lori Anderson
Great book. Gives lots of good advice for organization. I like that it is an easy read, with a lot of examples of how she helped kids. Working for us. Middle school boy.Published 9 months ago by ohioreader
Full of good advice. People I work with feel that many suggestions work best for middle schoolers. Probably true, but I always glean to see what I can learn.Published 14 months ago by Mom in NH daughter in Philly
This book has great advice for the frustrated parent that wants to help their son (or daughter) get back on track in school and home.Published 14 months ago by MWOG
Just finished reading it a few weeks ago, so the long-term benefit to my child remains to be seen, but I can see a difference already. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Linda Sienkiewicz