It's not too late to get yourself organized

Updated: Mar 4

Greetings, edumagicians. If you are struggling to get organized, this is the episode for you. Although it's the middle of the spring semester, it's never too late to just get organized. I have a very special 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 it's student teaching or getting organized as a new teacher.

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

  • Write them down. As soon as possible, write it down so that you can 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," then it writes out my reminder for me. Simple. At a specific time and date, I can retrieve my reminders and see what was written.

  • Move to a digital task list. It's so much faster than doing it on paper, and so much information is available in digital format. It just makes sense to have a system that keeps digital things digital, like those embedded emails we receive. With the digital task list, you can simply forward an email like that to the task list. And before you send it, you can give it a due date. Change the subject line so that it is clear and describes what the task is.💡 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 so you can easily see what needs to be improved if you teach it again. Create a template in Gmail templates for similar emails you send to families of your students. That way you don't have to write the same thing over and over again. 💡A Dr. Fecich pro tip - You can easily create quick lesson templates in Canva Edu!

Technology to help support you in getting organized

  • Evernote

  • OneNote

  • Email for tasks

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

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

  • 💡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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