This is how we sort the things we have stored and straighten our cubbies.
Because of the way the mind develops during our Elementary years (ages 6-12), we are switching from work on external order (neatness) to work on a much more complicated internal order (right and wrong, classification, logical order of an argument, or of the organization of a presentation for others), so our work sometimes looks very chaotic, when really we are making sense of things. It may seem that we are just arguing to be arguing, when we are sorting out what the rules, ideally, should be, and what they can be for the task at hand.
There follow several examples of the Elementary mind at work, then some examples of the Elementary teachers’ efforts to help us get organized. Maybe this will help you understand that things are not always what they seem, and, as one of our teachers has added to the end of her email messages, “You know, a butterfly is not always a butterfly.”