Teachers, let’s get real-life is a lot harder when we’re disorganized. The end of the school year is approaching and many of us are overwhelmed by the sheer amount of things that need to be accomplished by June. We’re grading, lesson planning, calling parents, trying to get seniors to graduate, submitting the last of that credentialing paperwork…the list seriously does not end.
And in the midst of all this, our classrooms are a mess-disorganized and cluttered. Where’d I put the copies for my World History lesson today? Where’d I file my unit calendar from last year? Where’d my hairband go?
Teaching life is messy and sometimes it feels like it’s never the right time to get our classrooms and filing systems in order. It never feels like the right time to learn more about being productive in our daily lives. It feels like we’re drowning and there’s never enough mind space for that. I feel ya.
But what if we thought about our time in a different way? What if we invested just a little bit of time each day to getting our mind, classroom, and desk in order. What if we invested a little time each day to learning to grade and lesson plan more efficiently? What if we rolled out these changes, little by little, over the course of April. Wouldn’t that make May and June run a lot smoother?
The time investment sets us up for a less stressful, more mindful last month of school. And once we implement these changes, we can actually set ourselves up for success for the rest of our teaching careers.
We can actually learn to stop bringing work home. You heard me. I haven’t taken work home, with one or two exceptions, for the entire school year. My mind is clear. I’m mentally available for my students. My work-life balance is amazing.
Want to join me?
I’ve rolled out a Teacher Productivity Boot Camp on my TPT page. The first module is free if you want to see if it’s for you.
Email me with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear about more teachers investing in their mental health while promoting a better work-life balance.