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Get Organized: How to be a Together Teacher

Relay Graduate School of Education via Coursera


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.
  • Weekly Worksheet
    • 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.
  • Comprehensive Calendar
    • 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.
  • Weekly Round-Up
    • 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.

Taught by

Maia Heyck-Merlin


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    Khadija Gaye
    It is not every course that gives you a usable skill.

    I was able to use the knowledge from this course to become more organized. Time is a precious commody. Now, I know how to manage it wisely.

    Thank you to the course organizers !
  • Profile image for Eleanor Wroblewski
    Eleanor Wroblewski
    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.
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