7 powerful habits for teachers to only work contract hours and get it done during the school day [Ep160]
OK so this is the teacher dream, right? Doing what the rest of the world *thinks* teachers do - working contract hours?! It’s almost laughable as any teacher knows that is virtually impossible if you want to do a decent job… Well, believe it or not, there are habits you can adopt that will actually help you get closer to this goal of leaving teaching at school. I recorded some “podblog” episodes where I recorded my efforts to try different strategies to try and get as much work done during the school day so that I could actually adopt some self-care and have a life when I got home. After much trial and error, in this episode I share some of the best habits I adopted that helped me get that bit closer to working contract hours as a teacher!
If you're looking for some random but effective tips to help you be much more productive during the school day and get more done so there's less you have to do in your free time, then this episode is for you!
6 Amazon products every teacher needs in their home office when teaching from home [Ep158]
As your technology collection continues to grow as you teach remotely from home and school, you have likely had to have a bit of a revamp to accommodate the increased use. These are some of my most favourite technology home/school office supplies from Amazon that I have purchased this past year that have made my life so much easier!
3 simple steps to organize your life when you're feeling overwhelmed as a teacher [Ep157]
Are you a teacher feeling overwhelmed with all the things to do in your life? Overwhelm is a result of your brain being overly efficient trying to keep your to do list front of mind. While that's all very nice, it does not a happy teacher make. It leaves you feeling frazzled, stressed and overwhelmed! Listen to this episode to learn the ultimate 3 step system to organize your life and reduce overwhelm!
You know how it is... you see the dreaded "unread" emails tab that has now crept up to 3 digits... You wonder how you will ever catch up and feel concerned over the emails you haven't yet seen and probably might never see, considering the time it's going to take to get through them all...
Now imagine this: when you open up your email inbox, there are only a few items in there. Every time you close your email, your inbox is always at 0. Always. You know exactly which emails you need to take action on, which you need to read, which you are waiting on someone else to reply as well as able to access those important ones you need to see all year round.
My friends, this is not just a dream. I am doing this. I found the secret formula! I am now 100% on top of all my emails 100% of the time! It's so easy when you know how and I am going to teach you. Tune into today's episode to learn my secret formula to taking control of your email inbox, once and for all!
I'm back to school and the reality has hit! There is always so much to do at the beginning of the school year that I found myself feeling overwhelmed... So I stopped and reflected on what I could do to reduce these feelings and still do all the things I need to get done.
Join me in today's episode where I share a journey with you on a new strategy I have discovered. I share how it is working out for me over a week's period via pod-vlog entries as I drive to and from work and you will hear the ups and the downs and how this really works for teachers!
This method has revolutionised how I get things done while still remaining sane, I hope you try it out and that it helps you too.
Admittedly we probably don’t spend much time at our desks during the school day, but once the kids leave, we still have a lot of work to do. Somehow we need to find the motivation to knuckle down and get productive, be that in lesson planning, grading / marking, going through emails etc.
In order to get that stuff done, be it at school or once we get home, it’s important to have a motivational and inspiring work space - it makes all the difference! So listen to today's episode to learn 6 ways that you can make your teacher desk or work space more motivational and inspiring.
One of the wonderful things about teaching, is that effectively we are our own CEOs of our classroom or lessons. We’re the boss. We decide how to run it. And like all CEOs, we develop and improve when we reflect on our practice.
So I have developed a 4 step process that I try to do on a regular basis, that will challenge you to ask specific questions in order to help you improve your practice in order to help you become an even better teacher!
Since doing these meetings, I have got my lunchtimes back, had more patience, tackled projects I have been putting on and am working towards my goals every day. Listen to today's episode to learn how you too can hold these effective CEO dates with yourself!
Staying organised as a teacher can be exceptionally hard. We have so many responsibilities and hats to wear, unpredictable events happen and so many deadlines to keep on top of! In this episode, you will learn a range of different ways you can organise your teacher life in just 10 minutes!
Differentiation: it's a crucial element of teaching to ensure all your students are able to access your lessons. However, it can be incredibly time consuming to adjust your lesson in multiple ways buy creating a range of resources, printing on rainbow paper, a variety of fonts... You just don't have that kind of time but you also don't want to let your students down; herein lies the catch 22 situation!
In this episode, you will learn some ways that you can differentiate for your students "off the cuff" while teaching and how you can rethink ways to plan your lessons that automatically differentiate for the varying needs in your classroom, saving you time and #teacherguilt!
We all have those days as teachers when we're just not feeling it. We know we have so much to do but just can't get motivated! In today's episode you will learn some secret tricks to help you eliminate as much resistance as possible to help you get done what you need to get done, and keep going!
So Spring is here and that means it's a perfect time to start some Spring cleaning! This is a great time for fresh starts and brightening up your surroundings so today's episode is all about decluttering - the teacher edition!
A cluttered space is a cluttered mind. Your brain is always trying to make sense of the world around it. The more clutter you see, the harder your brain is having to work to decipher what is important. That is going to mentally exhaust you.
You're also likely to be wasting so much precious time if you're surrounded by clutter as you’re going have to make your brain work twice as hard to rummage through all the unnecessary things around you to find what you’re looking for!
Listen to this episode to learn how you can take practical steps to start decluttering your space, whether that's a classroom, a desk, a cupboard, a trolley or just a bag - start getting rid of your clutter today and save yourself time and mental exhaustion.
Recently I’ve been tackling a lot of the commonly asked questions on from a survey I sent out to my email subscribers a few weeks ago - this one was the highest requested with over 70% of you relating to the problem of dealing with an overflowing workload.
I hear you, I’m there with you and an overflowing workload is something all of us have to deal with. There are many factors that can affect workload including what stage of your career you are in, what kind of school you’re in, how long you’ve been there etc.
But something that can help is to consider that perhaps it's not all about the load but how you carry it? I know that quote can cause feelings of discomfort as it forces us to take some responsibility instead of just moaning about how things are, but I‘ve found there is some truth to it and in this episode you will learn some secret skills I use to help manage an overflowing workload!
One of the biggest complaints us teachers have, is feeling like we don't have enough time to get our job done. I get it, I’m there too. It is phenomenal how much we are expected to do in one day, not including teaching the kids…!? In this episode you will learn some practical ideas for how you can make small changes that will help you feel like you can find the time to fit more in your day!
Ideal before and after school routines for a productive day as a teacher [Ep122]
Ever wanted to know the secret to a more alert mind? What about how you can ensure you are able to do your job as a teacher and still have time to handle all the unexpected things that will undoubtedly come your way during the day? What about how to get your regular tasks as a teacher done faster and more effectively? The answer is this: it's all about routines.
The routines you have in place (and you have them already whether you realise it or not) will either serve you or hinder you. In this episode, you will learn the ideal before and after school routines that will help you reduce decision fatigue, systemize your tasks, help you feel prepared, leave wiggle room for any surprises and have a productive day!
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