For the teacher, a school year is a real marathon of successive stages. The courses, the preparation of photocopies, the correction of the evaluations, the reports to be filled in, the consultations, the pedagogical advice, the teaching advice, the parent-teacher meetings, the reports and assessments to be written, the follow-up of the internships, the organization of the white patent, etc., there is something to be dizzy and sometimes feel overwhelmed! So, to not be overwhelmed by the micro-tasks that accumulate, it is better to be well organized and manage your professional tasks by making a schedule.
Why use a schedule when you’re a teacher?
It is up to the teacher to organize his work if he wants to spare his privacy and avoid the trap of burnout.
Your schedule should not show only your class hours but all the tasks that you must accomplish, including the moments dedicated to photocopies; why not after all? This will allow you:
- to delimit the moments of your schedule dedicated to your professional life.
- to reassure yourself that you will have time to complete all the tasks assigned to you.
- to anticipate the progress of your teaching sequence.
- to distribute and spread your workload.
Plan your class sessions
As soon as you are provided a schedule for the year, often on the first day of school, you can start building your timetable.
Start by placing your regular classes. On a digital agenda, you can enter each hour of your week by indicating a weekly frequency. All you have to do is to omit the sessions that correspond to school vacations and public holidays. During the year, you will modify each item by entering the purpose of the session.
Thus, you can first register the slots dedicated to weekly or ritualized activities: free text practice, graphic negotiation workshops, presentation of talks, reading circles…
When you prepare your sequences, probably during each school holiday period, you can thus visualize the number of sessions you have available as well as their distribution. Note the title of each session in your calendar. This will give you a quick glimpse of the organization of your week.
Plan your evaluations and the correction of copies
We all went through this very uncomfortable situation: we hadn’t anticipated enough, and all the graded assignments took place in the same week. So we end up piling up heaps of copies on our desk, the number of which, synonymous with many hours of work, frightens us or at least discourages us in advance. To save time, get your customized stamp from Dial A Stamp for quicker grading and evaluations.
Correcting copies, for literature teachers anyway, occupies a large part of their professional schedule. However, we often neglect to plan it. Before placing an assessment in your schedule, make sure you have time to correct it.
So enter in your schedule the slots dedicated to the correction of each packet of copies.
Enter the key dates of the year in your schedule
In a school, certain highlights of the year can disrupt the usual course of lessons: outings, trips, interventions by the BPDJ, choir rehearsals, sporting events … As soon as you are given a date, write it down carefully in your agenda. You will be able to take this into account when you prepare your sequence and when you place your sessions in your schedule.
Also, remember to register the various meetings: parent-teacher meetings, inter-cycle liaison committees, and educational advice.