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Whether you’re a new teacher or a classroom veteran, the school year can feel overwhelming, more so than ever since the demands of standards-based testing and professional development have grown increasingly complex and time consuming. Teaching now seems to require holding down two jobs at once: teaching kids with one hand and meeting a plethora of administrative mandates with the other. It’s tough to carry such a load day after day without sinking under the weight.
According to the old proverb, “A stitch in time saves nine.” It’s true, and it’s still good advice. Being proactive takes a little time, but it saves a lot of work and heads off problems, making a difficult year more manageable and less stressful. Here are a few ways to save yourself in the classroom by acting sooner rather than later:
- Organize your paperwork, but don’t overdo it:
- An organizational system shouldn’t be so complicated that it takes hours to create and you have to remember what’s filed where when you’re looking for something.
- Backing up critical information is a must, but recording the same information in multiple places wastes time.
- Making lists keeps things on track, but if you have so many lists you need a master list to keep track of them, you’ve overachieved! (I’m speaking from experience here, so trust me.)
- Organize your classroom in ways that work for you. Check out this list of 100 tips for classroom organization, many of them submitted by other teachers. Scroll down and you’ll find a mini-list of 5 online tools to use in getting organized. Also, visit this page at cybraryman.com for links to 32 articles (32!) with classroom organization tips and tricks.
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Teacher’s Corner is a monthly newsletter from eNotes just for teachers. In it, experienced educator and eNotes contributor Susan Hurn shares her tips, tricks, and insight into the world of teaching. This month, she’s looking to the future of teaching with a skeptical eye. Check out this month’s Teacher’s Corner column below, or sign up to receive the complete newsletter in your inbox at eNotes.com.
Predictions about how students will be educated one day are intriguing, but a few of them are downright scary when you think of the implications. Some visions of education in the future seem really off-the-wall, but others are not hard to imagine, for better or worse, considering the continuing impact of technology in the classroom and how it has already changed instructional practices. Here are a few highlights from the prognosticators:
- Schools will consist of interlocking modular pods that can be added to or removed from a basic structure to adjust for the increase or decrease in a school’s population.
- Modular schools will be portable, easily moved from one location to another as the general population shifts geographically.
- Students will be micro-chipped to facilitate supervision and safety.
- Classes will be conducted with robots providing instruction.
- Traditional schools will cease to exist. Students will complete individual studies on computers at community centers open 24/7, working when it’s most convenient for them and communicating with teachers by voice mail.
- All field trips will be virtual, and students will attend virtual workshops conducted by recognized authorities in various fields.
- Hands-on learning will be phased out; students will interact solely with 3-D models, touching only computer keys.
- Computer keyboards will be phased out. Students will use hand and eye gestures, like playing games on a Wii, to control electronic tablets. Students will write with digi pens.
- Large multi-national companies will have an increasing influence on curriculums and school resources.