Do you have a routine of what you work on each day (school related)?

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  1. perplexed

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    So I was having a hard time with time management and getting things done. I have two preps a day for 30-40 minutes, and I am grateful for that, but they do go by fast. By the time I go to the bathroom and do other things, it seems like I don't get anything significant done. The only thing that's helping me is that I have an ongoing to-do list that I continually check things off of--otherwise my head would be spinning. My two preps are 2nd and 4th period, so if I don't get it done, I have no other chance for the day since I teach 5th-9th.

    So I came up with a plan so that hopefully I get more done and don't have spend my whole weekends on school stuff.

    Mondays-grade, update classroom website, do my PBIS committee things
    Tuesdays-Work on anything assessment related and anything related to parent contact
    Wednesdays-work on things that are due from principals, random things
    Thursdays-plan lessons for my classes for the following week and get copies done
    Fridays-plan lessons for my co-teachers and get their copies done

    Does anyone else do something like this where you stick to a strict schedule of what to do? Does it work? Even if I have to do anything at night, that's okay as long as I get my weekends back.
     
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  3. mopar

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    I do! I split up my tasks between days and it really does help me stay on top of things. It gets easier the more years you've taught a similar subject/grade because you have many materials made and organized.
     
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    Wow! You have a ton of prep time! I'm jealous! I get 2.5 hours a week of prep time: a half hour on Monday, an hour on Tuesday, and an hour on Thursday. I do have a couple of tasks that always fall into one of those time blocks, but a lot of it is just doing miscellaneous tasks. On Mondays I work on planning the following week. On Tuesdays I finish up the following week's lesson plans and I always write my class newsletter during my prep. On Thursdays I enter grades from the week. I also always have an ongoing to-do list and check off as many things as I can during my prep periods.
     
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    Every day, I have 40 minutes prep plus an hour lunch plus a half hour meeting time before kids in the morning. I don't have a set schedule, but I do keep a clip of 'to be copied' stuff, check mail, and a to do list.
     
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    I was thinking about doing something like this, but it seems like something always comes up that has to be done or things are constantly changing. If a parent calls, I can't say, "wait until Thursday, that's my parent contact day." We only have 2 copiers for a huge staff, so I'd feel bad taking a week's worth of copying down there and holding up the line. I don't feel like I actually get much done on my planning period. The only things I make sure I do daily are organize myself for my lessons for the day (I have planning first), make my copies, put my learning objectives on the board, and answer e-mails. All planning, grading, bulletin boards, etc. is done before/after school or weekends. I would also like to cut down on the amount of work I'm doing on weekends and at night on weekdays.
     
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    I do:
    Mondays ~ 40 minute prep ~ newsletter and parent calls
    Tuesdays ~ 35 minute prep ~ Grade 2 Team meeting
    Wedesday ~ 75 minue prep ~ RTI paperwork, enter probe data
    Thursday ~ 75 minute prep ~ Lesson plans and copying (most of my copying gets sent to the printer from my computer as I write the lesson plan)
    Friday ~ 25 minute prep ~ Clean, dust, file, put things away (I have also have students help with this)

    Papers typically get graded and entered into the computer as we work.
     
  8. Missy

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    If I had as much prep time, I might have time to come up with a schedule!

    This year I had a mom come to me, out of the blue, and offer to make copies, laminate, etc, one day a week! I am thrilled and trying to get very organized so I can have her do as much as possible during that time.
     
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    This thread has motivated me to use my preps more efficiently. I am one of the lucky ones who has seven 45 min preps per week. Although I have been good about getting all my work done during the week at school, I feel that I could be spending my preps doing more of the organization and filing parts of this job. My files need major overhauling.
     
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    I don't have a strict schedule for my prep time. It's first thing in the morning, so often I use it to get everything ready for the day (e.g. post warm-up, objectives, HW, set up laptop/LCD projector, copy handouts if I haven't yet, update HW online, etc.) I have a study hall last period, and I use that time to grade papers every day.
     
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    I don't have it all scheduled out but I do have a few things I make sure to accomplish each week.

    Monday: Pull out all copies for copy lady (that I want done by Friday for the following week).

    Wednesday: Newsletter for the upcoming week (this takes 15 minutes tops)

    Thursday: Weekly progress notes to put in Friday folder (this is checklist format...I only have to write detailed notes on a handful).
     
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    I don't have a set routine. If I have quizzes or tests to grade, they get done during my prep, my lunch (after I eat) and my study hall. (My on call period is1st, so I'm almost always caught up by then)

    Planning tends to get done over the weekends.
     
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    This is probably not of any help, but I like to have students get hw daily. So the best schedule I personally have ever had is a block schedule with daily classes so students finish the class in one semester. The main advantages for me personally were that I had half as many papers to enter into the computer, and there was half as much total passing time between classes. I was able to cover more than twice as much in one block and I had half as much to do during my prep.
     
  14. Emily Bronte

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    I have always had a schedule in the past. I have been a little slower to implement it this year because it feels like my work load as increased substantially.
     
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    I don't get anything done during my prep either. I pretty much have time to use the restroom, and eat lunch before the kids come in during lunch for lunchtime help.

    I make all my copies before school starts, and I do all my planning and grading after school.

    I tried to create a routine, and I haven't been sticking to it because new things keep coming up, so I'm just barely getting by. >____<
     

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