Organisation by @LesleyMunro4

Name: Lesley Munro
Twitter:  @LesleyMunro4
Sector:  Secondary
Position: Head of Department
5 Bits of Advice About: Organisation

  1. Make a list of things you need to do.
  2. Prioritise that list.
  3. Realise you will never clear your to do list. Don’t worry. This is ok.
  4. Find a way to manage emails eg read twice a day. Delete, file, reply, flag.
  5. Routines are good to help keep things manageable For example marking eg 10B Monday, 11C Tuesday.

Organisation by @MissSmithRQT

Name: Sam
Twitter: @MissSmithRQT
Sector:  Primary
Subject: All subjects
Position: RQT
5 Bits of Advice About: Organisation

  1. Find yourself five trays and label them with the days of the week. Put them in your area and use them to help sort paperwork.
  2. Make sure you have an academic diary and use it. Put any dates for trip, INSETS, parents’ evenings etc. straight into it and check it regularly!
  3. Be ruthless with paperwork. It needs to be dealt with before it builds up and you find yourself in paperwork hell; either file it or bin it straight away.
  4. Assign pupils to be in charge of keeping equipment organised. A queue to sharpen pencils at the bin at the start of each lesson will drive you mad!
  5. Ask children to leave books open on tables at the end of the lesson. It sounds silly but it will save you so much time when it comes to marking!

Time Management by @MissDCox

Name: Dawn Cox
Twitter: @MissDCox
Sector:  Secondary
Subject: None given
Position: Head of Department
5 Bits of Advice About: Time management

  1. Write lists. For today/this week/beyond.
  2. Plan specifically what on your list you will do in your PPA/non-contact time.
  3. Don’t spend time in the staff room talking about how you don’t have enough time.
  4. Plan to speed mark at break/lunch/gaps in day. Little and often stops build-up of marking.
  5. Tell someone if you’re struggling with workload. They probably have time saving ideas appropriate for your school/day.

Organising Your Classroom by @teach_well

Name: Tarjinder Gill
Twitter: @teach_well
Sector:  Primary
Subject: All subjects
Position: Teacher/Consultant
5 Bits of Advice About: Organising your classroom

  1. Labels are important both for you and your pupils. For younger children try to incorporate an image.
  2. Theme your draws – put resources for particular units or (in primary) subjects together. This avoids a lot of time being wasted – yours, the TAs, the pupils.
  3. Have a home for books – textbooks and pupils books. It makes the class look infinitely well organised.
  4. Do the first organisation yourself. It can be tempting to let the TA do it but YOU need to know where everything is!!
  5. Classrooms don’t have to be perfect but if disorganisation starts to impact on lessons ask for help, don’t leave it hoping it will go away.