I liken teaching to that of a juggling act. You have 22 students in the classroom (during a good year… more than that in a not so good year). 22 students mean 22 different personalities, 22 different names to remember, 22 sets of parents with whom to communicate, 22 different allergies to keep up, and 22 different ways of learning. The one thing that can make or break a school year is how well a teacher plans and organizes.
While searching for ways to help organize my life, I found a planning company that seems to truly understand the teacher’s life. Bloom (bloomplanners.com) offers an array of items to meet all of your planning and organizational needs. I blogged a few weeks ago about their yearly planner I started using this year. While surfing their site, I also noticed what I thought to be a gold mine for teachers… a teacher planner.
The teacher planner is not just a good place to stash lesson plans, it also has an area to track student data, a communication log to keep documentation of parent conversations, and an area for important dates (for all of those important faculty meetings and school parent nights). I envision this being sort of the teacher’s bible. Everything that is important to a teacher is in this planner and it would be a great way to keep up with all of it. I see teachers using this at PLCs, RTI meetings, or for any other meeting where student progress is discussed. No more searching for data before your meetings.
Because teachers are professional jugglers, organization is key. How do you organize all of your important tasks? Leave a comment with your organization challenges or tips on how to keep it all together for a chance to win a teacher planner!
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Paula Patterson is a former principal who shares practical points on the principalship.