CHOOSING A CAREER / DEC. 23, 2014
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Time Management Skills Needed to Become a Teacher

As a teacher, you need to balance long-term classroom goals with immediate educational needs. Schools always have timetables that let you know what you’re supposed to do, where you’re meant to be and what time you’re required there to conduct lessons and other tasks. However, if you don’t plan yourself around those activities, you’ll find work difficult and overwhelming. The following are effective ways you can manage time in the teaching profession.

Prioritizing Your Day

Learn how to organize your day around important tasks. You’ll be able to keep track of the work you’re supposed to do even if unexpected events interrupt the normal schedule. In order to prioritize effectively, start by asking yourself what the most crucial tasks are and what the impact of completed assignments will be. From here, you can gauge how much is required of you for each task.

Planning Assignments and Homework for Students

The classroom set-up only allows you to cover basic concepts with a few illustrated examples. You may wish to engage with your pupils further to ensure they understand concepts comprehensively, but repetitive work in the classroom is not suitable as it results in wasted time. Scheduled homework to be completed overnight, and assignments that are taken over a longer period, are the best way to cover topics broadly.

Planning for Crises

Even though they are unexpected, you should be able to anticipate and plan around interruptions in the school calendar such as snow days, torrential rainfall or potential natural disasters. Schedule to cover critical topics and subjects within more friendly periods or well ahead of any unprecedented events. In the event of such occurrences, you’ll not waste time catching up with your students afterwards, and the calendar will continue smoothly.

Reduce ‘burnout’ for yourself and your students

A common mistake most teachers make is that of piling up assignments and waiting to grade them all at once. Do not overwork yourself because it makes you sluggish, resulting in wasted time. Instead, grade in batches and save on cumulative time and effort.

Similarly, don’t overwork your students. As part of the curriculum, make time for stimulating exercises and assignments in order to keep yourself from being sluggish, and to balance between loaded work and light tasks. For instance, you could choose to conduct a Literature lesson outdoors instead of being cooped up in the classroom.

Avoid too much Procrastination

Lack of motivation tends to be one of the main reasons for procrastination. You may develop a low drive to work due to the overwhelming nature of the teaching profession, and while this is normal, it is important that you do not let yourself slump. Occasionally, you can allow yourself to procrastinate. However, remember that a prolonged slump could severely affect your schedule of activities.

The teaching profession is an accomplishing field, and with the right attitude, you’re guaranteed to have a fulfilling career. It required a lot of dedication, effort, and patience. Nevertheless, while making time provisions for the school curriculum and activities, be sure to set aside some personal time. Personal time helps you to revitalize your mind and body in preparation for the working week.

 

 

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