Sunday, August 10, 2008

Project: Organization

I've decided to make a New Year resolution! No, I haven't gone off the deep end. I know it's August, not January. I'm thinking in teacher terms... a New School Year resolution! I figure, people make New Year resolutions because they want to improve something about they way they live. So I'm going to make some New School Year resolutions to improve the way I teach.

'Tis the season... stores are a-buzz about Back-to-School sales, and teacher websites are filled with Back-to-School tips, tricks and ideas. When it gets to this point in the summer, I start getting antsy about going back to work. I start to miss the kids and the classroom and the routine. To help pass the time, I go through pictures from previous years to see how I set up my room and what kind of projects I did on the first day of school. Then I hit some teacher websites for new ideas. I pull up my file of old ideas and add the new ones to the list. And finally, I go through the revised list and color-code it according to my needs (by subject, by season, etc). Yes, I AM a dork. I freely admit it.

Now, onto the resolutions:

♦ Stay organized!

♦ Keep desk clean. It should NOT be piled with papers, projects and miscellaneous odds and ends that don't have a home. I want to be one of those teachers that has a plant and framed family photos on her desk.
♦ Keep a binder... possibly two. One for parent-teacher communications, one for schedules, lists, calendars, etc. Keeping everything in binders means less loose papers on my desk. (I hope.)
♦ Declutter!!! I don't need to save everything! Sort things into piles: throw away, give away, put away.
♦ Plan ahead. (This will be the hardest...) Lessons, assessments, projects. It will make my life easier in the long run.
♦ Don't volunteer for as many things as I have in years past. I don't get paid overtime for these things, and it takes away from my "me-time."
♦ Don't feel bad about not volunteering for everything. When you add up all the things I've done in the past 7 years, I think I'm entitled to some time off.

There are a few others, but they're more specific and I'm still sorting through my ideas. It's a start.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hey, you kept this list simple and practical for all! All my best wishes for your new year's resolutions to take flight during the next school year. From one teacher to another, I can appreciate this list! :)