Free Tip – Glue of Teaching is Organization

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Intertwined in the world of a teacher are organization, productivity and classroom management. The glue that holds all this together is the teachers’ ability to organize themselves. Most of us understand the value of planning and preparation. The key is to find what works for you and helps your students succeed.

A Few Free Tips:

1. Do the work – preparation maximizes instructional time
We all know someone who gets to work early, chats, has coffee, spins around and never gets their work pile to diminish. Being busy is not necessarily being productive. The goal is a planned, sequential order. Logically, this should relate to skill development at the students’ instructional level.

2. Don’t sit at your desk or computer – provide planned tasks with clear and precise instructions
Consequently, come up with what you are going to work on for the day. Have the materials needed ready before you begin the classroom day. Group similar tasks and schedule certain times during the day to knock them out. Consistency is the key to any habit. Above all, as the organized leader, you are developing life habits with your students.

3.  Number 2 leads us to tangents minimize disruptions like personal devices and unnecessary chatter – re-engage students

Distractions from where you need to be wastes time and productivity – stay on track!    Turn off distracting technology or utilize it in the lessons.  Try and anticipate disruptions. Adapt your classroom standards, connections and arrangement strategies.

4.  What is your energy level and what is the students?

Deep thinking needs to be saved for when all are fresh.  No matter how busy you are, after a certain amount of time, fatigue sets in. Mental and physical effectiveness is impaired.  Schedule a refresh break. Consider light tasks to do when you are tired, or distractions make it hard to concentrate. 

5.  Don’t rely on your memoryuse the tools available

Insanely, trying to rely on memory when we have so much to accomplish leads to something getting lost.  Human memory is unreliable when it comes to details.  Write it down – we have our digital tools –  phones, tablets, laptops and you can still use paper!

6. Research shows – don’t multitask
Multitaskers have more trouble tuning out distractions. Research shows our brains cannot switch efficiently between 2 tasks. Reaction time slows for both. Therefore, break tasks into pieces. Use brain breaks and other tools to keep learning interactive. For example, online lessons should include complex thinking and interactive activities. These actions will direct learners’ attention toward the tasks. Ask relevant questions throughout the lesson to keep students’ attention focused. To clarify, the questions should be constructed so the learners are able to answer if they are following along.

Free Glue

In conclusion, organization isn’t about striving for perfection, but can lead to more daily satisfaction and less stress for the teacher. Consequently, it can lead to engaged and productive students. 

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