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Posted on March 16, 2015 12:54 am
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atuTyL
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Overwhelmed
As a new teacher, I am overwhelmed with duties and mandates. I am so tired by the end of the day that I find myself having to work on the weekend to catch up. What do you teachers do to make sure everything is done. I see so many teachers leaving exactly at 345 and I wonder how they are able to do so.
 
     
     
 
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Posted March 16, 2015 4:27 am

HaXeSy
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Although this is only my second year teaching, I was extremely overwhelmed first semester. This semester, I started a weekly schedule that has spread the workload out.
Monday- grade papers
Tuesday- planning
Wednesday- organization/paperwork
Thursday- create anchor charts/complete additional paperwork
Friday- GO HOME WITHOUT ANY WORK!!!
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Solution 2
Posted October 13, 2015 3:50 am

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As a teacher of 6 years, it does get easier. I promise you that. My first couple years, I stayed at school from 7 am to 7 pm almost every day and went in on the weekends. My family life suffered as did my mental status. You have to find time for you. Find out your own schedule and your own timeline of doing things. Grade papers electronically through CPS or iPad or scantron. It is a huge time saver. Make lesson plans that can be used over and over again that you only have to change minor things as you adapt lessons each year. Collaborate with colleagues to help share the workload. Email parents or use apps like remind.com to get parent communication done. Then just call the ones that are major necessities. These are all huge time savers for me. I hope this helps. Remember find time for you and your family. DO NOT SACRIFICE YOU!!! You will be no good to all of your kids at school if you do not take care of yourself. So be selfish and take the me time.
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meXyHy
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This is a vey interesting approach that I agree with.
  Posted on: October 15, 2015 9:56 pm

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Solution 3
Posted October 18, 2015 9:38 pm

VuGuGu
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I was the same way 5 years ago. I realized that if I continued the way I was, I would burn out well before my 30 years were up. I have since created a system that helps me to keep up. I have assigned particular days for myself to complete particular tasks. I have particular days that I collect and use data, do lesson plans, grade papers and assessments, and so on. Also creating more simple grading systems would help. Try find a way to simplify the way you grade papers without sacrificing rigor in your lessons.
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Solution 4
Posted October 15, 2015 2:17 am

uXyRyd
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Making a to do list has always been helpful for me. Also marking everything down on a calendar also helps to see/ meet deadlines. I would also suggest finishing one thing/project at a time before starting another will help you to move through your to do list. Take everything a day at a time and know that you can not do everything. Do what you can and leave with your sanity!
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Solution 5
Posted October 15, 2015 11:07 pm

urebyL
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Lists, lists, lists! They are never ending. Make a "glass ball" list and a "rubber ball" list. Keep them separate. Rubber balls bounce. If you drop one, it's not a major deal. Glass balls break. If you drop one, you are neglecting a deadline, duty, etc. Make a goal to accomplish your "glass ball" list everyday. If time permits, work on a couple of "rubber ball" to dos. Remember, no teacher has ever said, "I'm all caught up! I have nothing to do!" Burn bright, but don't burn out. You are not the most effective when you are exhausted.
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Solution 6
Posted October 2, 2015 3:10 pm

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During my internships I saw teachers working during lunch (while they ate) and also came in early to get things finished. Try to make a schedule that suits your time and needs and try to stick to it.
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