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Get it Out of Your Head! Managing Your Non-teaching Time

I don't know many other professions in which it seems like people are as stressed and pressured as in teaching. My first few years in the classroom, I was overwhelmed much of the time. In my third year of teaching a mentor asked me, "What's your time management strategy?", and I realized that I didn't have one. Through her counsel, I came to firmly believe that setting up a system where I didn't have to remember everything I had to do all day, made me a much better teacher for my students.
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Get it Out of Your Head! Managing Your Non-teaching Time
  • Rosy Reed says:
    This blog post outlines three promising practices from a school that uses Google across teachers to stay organized and efficient. It includes pictures of the different systems they use so you can more easily replicate.
  • Rosy Reed says:
    This video series follows trainee teachers as they struggle with how to have any time for themselves in addition to their teaching responsibilities. It then walks through strategies recommended by veteran teachers that can help them find more balance in their lives.
  • Rosy Reed says:
    Many teachers I work with struggle to share with their principals how they are spending their time. It's easy for a school leader to ask more and more of you but it's important that you can share that you're spending your time strategically and that if something gets added to your plate, then something else needs to come off. This template is helpful for summarizing your weekly work with your manager so that expectations for what can be accomplished are shared and realistic.
  • Rosy Reed says:
    This time management weekly organizer has worked the best for me on a teaching schedule. I highlight in green anything that is a meeting or appointment and highlight in yellow once something has been completed. At the end of each day, if there is anything left on my list that is not highlighted, I move that item over to the next day (same goes for the week).
  • Rosy Reed says:
    This template is useful for mapping out how teaching or coaching work will look across a half year. This can be particularly helpful if you have coaching responsibilities in addition to teaching responsibilities. I used something like this to help make my weekly schedule at the beginning of each week.
  • Rosy Reed says:
    This article from Teacher Vision offers a concrete list of actionable suggestions for staying organized and managing time as a teacher.