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It's not too late to get yourself organized

Updated: Jun 6, 2022

Greetings, edumagicians. If you struggle to get organized, this is the episode for you. Although it's the middle of the spring semester, it's never too late to get organized. I have an exceptional guest with me today, Dr. Frank Buck. Turn up the volume and take notes. Dr. Buck will discuss organizational tips and strategies that will assist us.

"Organization doesn't have to be as hard as we sometimes make it." - Dr. Frank Buck

Future teachers must develop their organizational skills. Whether student teaching or getting organized as a new teacher.

Below are some tips to help pre-service teachers organize themselves.

  • Write everything down. As soon as possible, please write it down to get back to what you're doing at the moment. You could keep a notepad or input the information on your phone. Our phones have a neat feature that allows us to use our voices to input text. Once you put it in that device, you don't have to remember it anymore. You can forget about it.

💡A Dr. Fecich pro tip - when I'm driving to see my student teachers or running errands, I use the "Ok Google" voice assistant. When I say, "Ok, Google, set a reminder," it writes out my reminder for me. Simple. I can retrieve my reminders at a specific time and date.

  • Move to a digital task list. It's faster than doing it on paper, and so much information is available in digital format. It makes sense to have a system that keeps digital things digital. You can forward an email like that to the task list with the digital task list. And before you send it, you can give it a due date. Please change the subject line so that it is clear and describes the task.💡 Here's a Dr. Fecich pro tip - You can set up emails as tasks in your to-do list in Gmail!

  • Be good at recognizing repetitive tasks. Use templates when you can and reflect on what you teach to see what needs to improve if you teach it again. Create a template in Gmail templates for similar emails you send to your students' families. That way, you don't have to write the same thing repeatedly. 💡A Dr. Fecich pro tip - easily create quick lesson templates in Canva Edu!

Technology to help support you in getting organized

  • Evernote

  • OneNote

  • Email for task

  • Digital to-do list like remember the milk or within One Note.

  • Use digital folders. There will be a folder for spring 2022 and each class during the semester. Have a separate folder for readings, handouts, PDFs, and homework for each course.

  • 💡A Dr. Fecich pro tip - Store your work in the cloud-like Dropbox, Google Drive, or One Drive for easy access anytime and anywhere.

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