This course is designed for classroom teachers who juggle time-sensitive tasks and often-exhausting teaching schedules. With an eye toward long-term sustainability, The Together Teacher examines the purpose for planning ahead, provides tools for tracking time commitments, deadlines and tasks, and helps teachers develop a personal organization system that interacts with their day-by-day practices.
All teachers, from the pen & paper list maker to the tech-savvy digital maven, will benefit from the no-nonsense approach to "togetherness" that's presented in this course. We don't care what format you use; we care that you know when you have free time during the day, and that you have a plan for using it.
Welcome & Orientation
-In this introductory session, you’ll explore the difference between ‘organization’ and ’togetherness,’ survey your own strengths and weaknesses and draft a goal for completing the course.
-The Weekly Worksheet helps teachers plan their lives for the next 5-7 days. This session introduces the worksheet, shows examples from real teachers, and asks learners to build their own.
-Calendars become comprehensive when they hold every important event and deadline in a teacher’s life. This session will show you how to build one.
Upcoming To-Do List
-Here’s a secret: I hate post-it notes. This session will introduce the Upcoming To-Do List and provide a path toward ditching random lists and building one that you can always count on.
-Now that you’ve created a weekly worksheet, comprehensive calendar and upcoming to-do list, this session shows you how they all work together. Get ready for the Weekly Round-Up.
Templates & Teacher Interviews
-This session is full of optional resources you might want to explore. Download templates and watch great interviews from our teachers.
Eleanor Wroblewski completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
I am usually very skeptical about organizational systems, but this course is about helping you understand the psychology of why a system might or might not work, as well as breaking it down into several parts rather than a magic "one-size-fits-all" solution.