I’m something of a minimalist, and thus, paperwork from class is not something I like to have a lot of. Disorganization breeds confusion, and the more “things” we’re talking about, means the more potential for mess and error. When it comes to organizing and keeping track of student work, here are a couple of my … Continue reading Keep yourself (and your classroom) organized with these two tips
Lessons from Year 1: Be Organized
During my first year in the teaching field, as I learned a new culture and language and took in new surroundings, I also learned and grew a lot as a teacher. This week I will be sharing some of these lessons learned while teaching ESL in South Korea. Staying organized is so important no matter … Continue reading Lessons from Year 1: Be Organized
Business Templates – Professional & Pretty
Whether we like it or not, keeping office is part of our job as teachers. It’s important to keep organized and know how to make the most of the tools available to make efficient use of time, since there is always so much to do. One great way is by making use of the templates … Continue reading Business Templates – Professional & Pretty
Office Hours with Google Sheets
Whether we like it or not, keeping office is part of our job as teachers. It’s important to keep organized and know how to make the most of the tools available to make efficient use of time, since there is always so much to do. As a teacher, it is not uncommon to advertise office … Continue reading Office Hours with Google Sheets
Feeling Lost with Google Drive?
It doesn’t take long for your Google Drive to turn into one big unmanageable mess, if you aren’t organizing or naming things properly. But there is a better way! It starts with a proper naming convention. When naming folders in your Google Drive, it is best to go from large to small. What do I … Continue reading Feeling Lost with Google Drive?
Google Docs: Your New Best Friend
Google Docs may seem like just an imitation of Microsoft Word. While it does lack a little in the formatting (though Google is always coming out with new features, quickly closing that gap), it offers plenty of snazzy features that facilitate collaboration, time management, and student (and teacher!) success. Here are a few of my favorite … Continue reading Google Docs: Your New Best Friend
Stop Wasting Time with Homework Turn-in and Hand-back
How many times have you heard a student say “But I turned that in already; you must have lost it!” (Never? You must be lucky!) By creating a streamlined path from student to you, you eliminate the confusion of missing work, and excuses. Create a system that works for you. For me, the best thing … Continue reading Stop Wasting Time with Homework Turn-in and Hand-back
Tame the Email Beast
We all know email can take far too much time from our day, and with all the other tasks building up in piles around us, it’s important to tame this beast. Here are a few, simple strategies i find most useful: Set specific times of the day to check email, no more, no less. Don’t … Continue reading Tame the Email Beast
Grading Giving you the Grumbles?
Grading can be tiresome, and may seem as though you are shoveling snow while there is a blizzard raging. Staying on top of all the student assignments may seem impossible, but there are some things you can do to lighten the load. Pace yourself - Do you find yourself staring down Christmas (or Spring) Break … Continue reading Grading Giving you the Grumbles?
Get organized–with Twitter!
As mentioned in the previous post, Twitter is a great tool for moderating class discussion, as well as keeping class “takeaways” organized. It provides a feed for anyone (teacher or student) to refer back to after the learning has taken place, which can serve as feedback for the teacher, and a study guide for students. … Continue reading Get organized–with Twitter!