Teaching is overwhelming enough - you have papers to grade, grades to calculate, phone calls to make, meetings to attend, lessons to create and of course emails to respond to.
And yet, you're somehow supposed to find time for it all plus your personal commitments.
Which is why time management for teachers is highly important.
If you are overwhelmed and stressed out by your commitments? Here is a proven technique to get you started. .
1. Time Management for Teachers - Vital Question 1:
Do you know your priorities?
I'm sure you've heard of to-do lists before, but the question is. . . are you using them?
If you are using them, first congratulations, second - are you prioritizing them well?
If you aren't using them, please start using them right away even if they haven't worked for you in the past. I'm going to show you an easy way to handle all your commitments with a highly effective to-do list.
Look, managing your time as a teacher is hard and it's especially hard when you do not prioritize all the things you need to do.
Here's how to create effective to-do lists and prioritize your teaching tasks well.
a. Write down all the tasks you need to do tomorrow or today. If you are really overwhelmed, start with all the tasks that are on your mind regardless of when they need to be done.
b. Now, pick the tasks you will handle tomorrow and just write them down (don't number them)
c. It's time to prioritize them now. Put the letters A, B, C, D or E next to each task.
- An “A" task represents something you absolutely need to do.
- A “B" task is something that would be nice to do or something you should do. There are consequences for not doing it but it's not as important as your ‘A’ task.
- A “C" task is something that can be put off for sometime.
- A “D" task is something you can delegate to others. Can you get your students to peer grade their tests? Can your kids help you out at home?
- And finally, an “E" task is something you want to either eliminate or re-think about doing.
d. Carry your to-do list with you everyday and work through the tasks on the list according to priority.
Try out my strategy, go out right now and go through the steps I mentioned. You should feel more confident and “in control of" right away.
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