NQTs‚Ä¶ Five tips for time management
What could I tell you about my time as an NQT??? There is nothing more daunting that entering a classroom of 30 new children, not knowing how they are as a class. Are they well behaved? What level do they work at? What makes them tick? Will they like me as their teacher????
NQTs are forever questioning themselves. I think it is because all NQTs want to make sure that they are doing their job correctly, and it is a slight confidence thing too. Confidence builds the more you do the job when it comes to teaching. You build up classroom status and stature, you find your feet as it were, and confidence builds with an added comfort.
This week, for all the new NQTs starting in September, I have included a blog from TES website‚Ä¶
It might help eliminate some of those worries about starting as a new teacher!!
And remember‚Ä¶ We all have to begin somewhere. Be yourself, enjoy it, plan efficiently, try not to let teaching over stress you!!!
In the latest part of her summer advice series for newly qualified teachers, teacher educator Sarah Wright shares five tips for effectively managing your time
Time management can be a huge challenge for seasoned teachers, let alone those who are new to the classroom. As an NQT, you might be tempted to earn your stripes and prove yourself as a ‚Äúreal‚Äù teacher by burning the candle at both ends.
But this year is actually your chance to get into positive and healthy habits for managing your time. Here are my tips for how to do this:
The early bird does not get a sticker
Nobody will give you a gold star for Instagraming your alarm clock when it goes off at an insanely early hour. Think about your time carefully. When and how do you work best? When will you be most productive? Plan a ‚Äúpower hour‚Äù for each day, when you give yourself uninterrupted, focused time to get things done.
You will clearly consider the workload of your children when planning out your weekly lessons, but remember to consider your own, too. If you have a lesson that is going to give you a heavy marking load, try to balance it out with another that will allow you to use peer-assessment, or give verbal feedback.
Will that perfect image that you spent three hours trawling Google for really have an impact on Year 9? Will a primary class notice whether your clip art is perfectly coordinated across all of your resources? Design is important, but don‚Äôt get sucked into the black hole of seeking perfection.
Anticipate heavy workload
Invest in a diary and use it to plan out your week so that you can see your ‚Äúpinch points‚Äù. The aim should be to anticipate when¬†you might need to put extra time in, but also to balance this with absolute downtime, perhaps by making a personal pact not to work after hours on a particular day.
It will be easy to forget that a world exists outside of dry-wipe boards, Post-it notes and green biros. You might be tempted to spend your lunch break setting up for your next lesson, but it‚Äôs imperative that you get to know your colleagues, too. So¬†don‚Äôt be a stranger to the staffroom. And the same goes for spending time with your friends and family. Make sure that you plan and take time to be you.
Sarah Wright is a senior lecturer at Edge Hill University in Lancashire. She tweets as¬†@Sarah__wright1. You can read new instalments of her¬†NQT boot camp every Wednesday and Friday during the summer holidays
Hopefully this is helpful