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Getting organized for teachers

Learn how to keep on top of your paperwork and get back to your real job - teaching!
Marika Vrieling
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Organize the physical space in their classroom so they (and their students) can easily find everything they need.
Design a system to store student assessment records that can be used for planning and reporting.
Decide what paper records need to be kept for compliance purposes and create a filing system to store them.
Manage digital information by getting rid of unnecessary data and organizing what's important to keep.
Arrange their time and resources to better manage busy times of the school year.

Teaching can be challenging. But there are things we can do to work smarter and better manage the day to day administrative annoyances.

This course is arranged into 7 sections, covering the areas that can easily be streamlined and improved to help teachers manage these aspects of their job. By organizing the physical spaces within the classroom, getting rid of resources that aren’t being used anymore, getting the students on board to manage their own belongings, and proactively managing workloads around peak times, participants in this course will learn a host of new skills to allow them to get back to their real work, the learning! 


Welcome to Getting organized for teachers

Your working environment

Reclaiming your desk

In this lecture we will clear your desk of all the unnecessary items. We will also look at the kinds of paperwork that come across your desk and decide the best way to deal with these items straight away.

Helping students manage their belongings

This lecture will teach you ways of organizing the students' own resources and equipment so that they can manage them on their own. 

Managing shared resources

In this lecture you will learn how to organize resources in the classroom that are you used by everyone. You will also be able to teach the students how to pack these resources up perfectly every time. 

Collecting evidence of student learning

Capturing student learning

This lecture teaches you various ways of documenting student learning to help you plan for more targeted lessons, and to be able to accurately report on their strengths and weaknesses.  

Filing student learning records

This lecture shares a variety of ways for organizing your assessment records - in both hard copy and digital formats. We also get you to think about the way you use these records so the system you design works for you. 

Your paper records and resources

Your paper teaching resources - keep or throw?

This lecture guides you through a process to help you decide which of your paper resources are still useful for your teaching and therefore should be kept. You will also learn ways to store your resources so you can find what you need when you need it. 

Managing day to day notes and money

This lecture teaches you how to set up a system for dealing with the notes and money that come into your classroom most days. You will learn how to always know who has returned their notes and who needs to be chased up. 

A brief look at assessment

This lecture defines the different forms of assessment, so you can look at what you are currently doing and what may need to add to your assessment practices. 

Being compliant with your records

This lecture helps students understand some of the compliance issues relating to their records. Students are given some examples to consider and pointed in the right direction to find out what needs to happen in the system they work in. 

Your digital records

Streamlining your inbox using rules and folders

This lecture will teach you how to use the functionality of your email service to better manage your inbox.

Creating digital folders that are easy to work with

In this lecture you will learn how to set up your digital folders to mirror your hard copy records. We will also discuss some logical folder structures that will help you quickly find what you are looking for. 

Preparing for the unexpected

Dealing with relief teachers

You will learn how to prepare your classroom and students for working effectively with relief staff. You will also learn about setting up a Relief Teacher Folder to support any other staff member coming in to work with your class. 

Preparing for emergencies

This lecture helps you to prepare your students for a quick evacuation in the event of an emergency. You will also learn how to set up an Emergency Bag to make dealing with these times less stressful.

Managing your time and productivity

Proactively managing your workload during the busiest times of the year

This lecture focuses on getting you prepared for the busiest times of the teaching year. It helps you to think proactively to avoid the stress that often happens during these times. 

Using technology to keep track of your tasks

In this lecture we help you think about what technologies could be useful to manage your workload and keep on top of your tasks. We help you decide on what kind of system would be best for you so you will stick to it once you start using it. 

Finding ways to work smarter

This lecture helps you identify some of the tasks that keep teachers really busy but don't actually improve the learning for our students. Once you cut out some of your time wasters, you will have more time to focus on the teaching and learning. 

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