Tips to Managing a Busy Schedule for Teachers

by Niclas Marie

Educating students is a big responsibility and by planning ahead you might actually get more time off to clear your mind.

Many individuals have heard the old adage, "A teacher's work is never done." Statements like these often cause concern for those interested in education and can deter people from making the transition into the classroom. While there is a lot that needs to be done in order to educate students, there are ways to organize learning, plan ahead, and manage a classroom in a way that helps a teacher maintain his or her sanity and allows students to enjoy a stress free learning environment.

Organizing Learning

It isn't enough to have the right knowledge to impart to students. Teachers must also organize all of the information in a way that makes sense and flows smoothly. This means looking at the overall school year and attempting to come up with a plan that builds on previous information until a student is taken to a new level of understanding. This doesn't just happen by going through and trying to deliver lesson after lesson without thought for the future. Instead, a set structure should be created that involves a yearly plan, unit plans, and even daily plans that all work together to help reach a final goal.

Depending on the age of the students, a syllabus can be an effecting tool for organizing learning. By creating a plan that spans the beginning, middle and end of the school year, students, parents, and teachers have a clearly defined list of what is going to be taught and in what order. Teachers enjoy the accomplishment that comes with working through a syllabus and being able to show how much students have achieved throughout the year.

Planning Ahead

Lesson plans are a critical part of any teacher's attempt to manage time and effectiveness. While planning out the year with a syllabus provides an overview and a direction in which a teacher should head, the daily lesson plans are where all of the learning takes place. Every day should be organized into multiple lessons and objectives for students to get through. Lessons build on each other, using the previous information and knowledge a student gains and taking it to the next level.

Most teachers choose to take the syllabus and break it down into various units of learning. From there, several days or even weeks can be planned out at one time, incorporating all the different lessons, books, projects, and classwork together. From there, the unit is broken down into smaller increments until a teacher has a plan for what the class will be doing for the next couple of days and weeks. By setting aside planning time in advance, a teacher can avoid last minute planning and the stress that often comes with it. Having an outline to follow helps both teachers and students feel confident about what they are currently working on and what they plan to do in the future.

Organizing and Managing a Busy Classroom

A classroom that is an array of chaos prevents students from getting the most out of the daily lessons. If they are distracted by their environment or they don't understand where to go to look for supplies, time can be wasted and less learning takes place. In order to create an ideal environment for both teachers and students, it is important to have the learning area well organized. A teacher should have a space for students to work, a space for supplies and materials, and even an area for students that are not able to participate in learning due to poor behavior. At the beginning of the year, showing students where everything is located and how everything in the classroom should be ensures that student issues surrounding the environment are kept to a minimum.

Classroom management also helps a teacher maintain and control his or her busy schedule. With interruptions constantly taking place and students that don't understand how they should behave in the classroom, a teacher will quickly learn that his or her teaching time is kept to a minimum. By managing the classroom and keeping order at all times, teachers can maintain a set schedule that allows for plenty of time for both teaching and educational work.

About the author

is the founder and CEO of TimeCenter Online Scheduling and lives in Helsingborg, Sweden. He loves to code beautiful and simple web apps, and occasionally enjoys a game of blitz chess.

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