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It’s About Time

August 9, 2014

Precept of the Day

Time is priceless. You have it, but you don’t own it. You spend it, but you can’t keep it. And once it’s gone, there’s no getting it back. Use it wisely!

-Unknown

 

In our class this week we talked about the importance of time and organization in planning for and implementing a successful classroom. So much of what happens in our classrooms and during our instruction depends on careful planning and  organization. Being able to start each day calmly, with everything prepared and ready for the entire day, makes us more confident  teachers, and that has a profound impact on how we interact with our students and how we deliver our lessons. A big part of classroom management depends on preventing problems and engaging student interest. Being well-organized is foundational to this goal.

For master teachers,organizational skills are a must. Fundamentally, organization is a result of choices made on a minute-by-minute basis. A balance must be struck between over-organizing — in which everything has to be done a certain way — and under-organizing — in which everything is delegated to later. Finding an organizational style that works for you is the key. Figuring out what makes you feel successful regarding organization is a good place to start.

(Carpenter, Fontanini, & Neiman 2010)

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Five Tips for Your To Do List:

  1. Review your To Do List at the end of the week and determine if this week’s planning worked for you. Continue with what worked. React to what did not work.
  2. Don’t expect to get every task completed on your weekly list—life happens and sometimes things do not get done. Don’t allow frustration with uncompleted tasks overwhelm you.
  3. Accept the reality that you cannot always expect to cross off all the tasks at the end of the week. If you are always left with a long list of unfinished tasks, do a reality check on yourself and your use of time. Prioritize.
  4. Do enjoy what you do well and reflect on what you can do better.
  5. Remember to put your needs on the list too. Plan time to stop for coffee, to talk to a friend, or to read a book.

 

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