Do You Have These 7 Checklists Every Teacher Needs?
Feeling behind before the day even starts STINKS. It’s stressful, it’s frustrating, and it’s usually avoidable. Of course, knowing it’s avoidable probably means you’ll feel guilty about it too. At least, that’s what happens to me.
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Maybe it’s just me, but I’m guessing you can probably relate to at least one of these early morning moments of panic. #JustMe?
- Watching the clock hoping your copies be done the students arrive
- Changing your lesson because you forgot to bring in supplies
- Rushing to finish paperwork because you forgot it was due
I’m not naturally organized. I have to work at organization and that’s why I love checklists. Simply throwing them on a super cute clipboard and using colorful erasable pens makes getting organized feel fun and that makes me smile. #FunGetsDone
Every teacher needs these 7 checklists.
Standards are at the center of most of the activities in the classroom. Using a checklist makes it easy to see what standards you’ve taught and which ones are left. Also, a standards checklist can serve as documentation showing that you’ve taught all of the required material.
Lesson Planning Checklist
Using a lesson planning checklist makes it easy to make sure you don’t leave anything out, especially if you do your planning in more than one sitting.
Copy and Prep Checklist
Having a copy and prep checklist prevents you from forgetting to prep something until the last minute. It makes it easy to keep up with what copies to run, what to laminate, what to cut, what books to check out, and any supplies to pull out. Also, it’s a super helpful tool if you delegate any of your copying to parents.
On-Going To-Do List
This is really a place to store all your thoughts. It’s a massive list of all of your “need to do, should do, want to do” things and thoughts. You’ll never get to everything on this list. That’s OKAY. This list is just a way to remember all of those things until you can prioritize and schedule them.
That giant to-do list you’ve got running, the one that’s overflowing with all the things you could possibly do is just too overwhelming to be effective. It’s like a brainstorming session, you’ve got to narrow it down to what’s essential. What are the must do essential tasks that you’ve got to get done? Those are the tasks to put on your priority list.
The key to getting those priority tasks done is to schedule them out. First, estimate the time each will take and schedule them into the blocks of time when you can work on them. Then, make sure you focus on those tasks during the time you’ve scheduled them. Make completing the tasks you’ve scheduled a priority. Think of them as appointments you H-A-V-E to keep.
Class Roster Checklist
This list isn’t so much for planning as it is for keeping track of things. Also, an editable class roster is super helpful for keeping up with assignments, permission slips, returned projects, etc.
Using checklists effectively can be a key part of being organized. That’s why every teacher needs these 10 checklists.
I’ve made these editable checklists to make it easy for you to get started. Just personalize them with your own information.
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