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How to Stay Organized as a Teacher

Whether you’re a teacher or a school administrator, your work days are undoubtedly hectic. A seemingly endless stream of demands may lead to much stress. If you find yourself counting the days until the next vacation break, maybe you need to consider a new approach. Working for a school does not mean that you must feel overworked and frazzled every day. The following tips should help you to stay organized and restore your sense of calm.

 

Start With Your Space

The first step in becoming more organized is to reorganize your classroom or office. This doesn’t need to be a huge undertaking, but it may involve a time commitment of several hours. Designate a place for every item in the room. You might use inexpensive storage containers from a discount store to house paperwork, folders, and art supplies. Place the items you rely on the most as close to your desk as possible. You might benefit from adding a bookcase or shelves to the area. The extra shelf space may serve as an ideal location to store your containers.

 

Write Down Your Thoughts and Plans

Creative and useful ideas may come to you throughout the day, but they will be worth nothing if you forget them shortly after they appear. Before you become engaged in another activity, take a moment to make a quick record of each thought as it comes to you. You might jot down a great idea in a notepad that you keep for this purpose. Another option is to record your thoughts and plans in an online format. You may utilize a simple document from a word processor to keep track of your ideas.

 

Pace Yourself

Remember that you can only accomplish a finite amount of work in one day. This rule also applies to organizing your space. Work on the most important or urgent tasks first, and trust that you’ll get everything else done at a later date. If you don’t have the time to address a parent’s question today, the task can probably be done tomorrow. Similarly, you probably don’t need to transfer all of your paperwork into storage containers in one afternoon.

 

Delegate Work When Possible

You may never be comfortable delegating certain tasks to another person, but try to assign some work to an assistant when possible. If you try to do everything without help, you might soon experience burnout. Additionally, your students may appreciate an opportunity to help you occasionally, so don’t overlook them when you need to accomplish small tasks.

 

Being a teacher or school administrator is admirable. You are contributing to the future of today’s youth and to society in general. By taking a few steps to stay organized, you could maximize your potential and remain calmer throughout the day.

Educator Resources: Bookmark This Page!

From lesson plans, to clip art for materials, to Sacraments, Liturgy, Prayers, and Liturgical Seasons, there are a lot of resources for Catholic and Christian educators scattered across the web.

You can find online games, arts and crafts blueprints, and more but not all are organized and easy to find. Most are focused on K-8, as many high schools have their own specific programs, but there are many higher-level grade resources out there too!

I have gone through and organized a list of links, making things easy for you to find, and each link comes with a small breakdown from me of the contents of each page, but if you have suggestions or corrections, please send them my way. I want to keep this resource useful, and up-to-date.

 

  • http://www.4catholiceducators.com/ Is a vertiable buffet of links and resources, from lesson plans, and religious education, teaching tools and links, religious art, Christian clip art, to reference tools, theology, Sacraments, Liturgy, prayer, Liturgical Seasons and even puzzles and coloring pages, this webpage has a lot for you to work with.

 

  • https://www.catholicteacherresources.com/ is a non-profit out of the San Fransisco Archdiocses, which compiles ideas and resources from educators in San Fransisco, San Jose, and Oakland. With Catholic WebQuests, interactive Catholic games, Catholic Mass Plans and prayer services, Catholic writing prompts, bible stories, Catholic Virtual Tours, Catholic songs and music and more.

 

  • http://www.catholiccatechist.org/ Contains many resources including games, icebreakers, worksheets, lesson plans and teaching aids, prayer services and many other supplements for your lessonplans broken down by classification.

 

  • https://educationforjustice.org/ is focused on providing timely and engaging educational resources which highlight the foundations of Catholic Social Teaching and real-world applications. Promoting increased knowledge of the Church’s social mission. Supporting people of faith in making the connections between the signs of the times and the demands of the gospel locally and globally. Developing the skills of theological reflection and social analysis needed in a globalizing world. Encouraging greater awareness and engagement with justice issues, and fostering a transformation of mind and heart through materials created. All resources are located within a search-engine-like finder.

 

 

  • http://www.catholiceducation.org/en/ This is the Catholic Education Resource Center, and one of the most in-depth resources based on topic, journalistic essays and thinkpieces about almost every subject that a Catholic school child or educator might face or question. This is a great resource for older children who might want to look more in-depth at their faith and the threats posed to it, as well as current events, health, family, and more. Less lesson plan-type resources here, more reading articles relevant to us all.

 

  • http://www.eds-resources.com/edthe.htm A great resource for many ideas on lesson plans and more, from a wide variety of sources. Has not been updated since September of 2015, and is a little disorganized, but can be a great source of inspiration.

 

  • http://www.catholicteacher.com/ This is the online companion to Today’s Catholic Teacher magazine. You can view their blog, and digital versions of past issues, but you’ll need to register to see the current magazine online.

 

  • http://www.catholiccurriculumonline.com/ This is a very in-depth site focusing on Effective curriculum resources to integrate and infuse Catholicity within specific courses throughout all academic areas. Resources are aligned with the Common Core Standards. Engaging curriculum resources aligned with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Doctrinal Elements of a Curriculum Framework for the Development of Catechetical Materials for Young People of High School Age for Catholic high schools and the Adaptation of the Framework for parish Religious Education programs. Resources for retreats/renewals, spiritual formation days, etc. for high school Campus Ministries to enhance student spirituality. Also there are active forums allowing Catholic educators (high school and parish) to collaborate on lesson planning and for increasing the abilities to utilize Catholic teaching in all academic areas. You must apply for membership to access this site.

 

 

 

  • https://www.ncea.org/ This is the site for the National Catholic Educational Association, and focuses more on professional resources like career education and catholic education data.

 

  • https://www.pinterest.com/ Can be a slog to wade through, and a lot of the pages linked are pages that you can find elsewhere on this list, but a great way to brainstorm lesson plans and activities is with Pinterest.
  • http://www.catholicmom.com/religious_education_resources.htm is a list of books and other resources, but it a little long and not as organized to read through or search as I would like. All of the images on the site currently appear to be broken, so there might be out-of-date information here as well.

 

 

  • http://education.crs.org/ A non-profit called Catholic Relief Services that aims to work in the spirit of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to assist impovrished and disadvantages people overseas. While there is a lot on this site about programs and ways to help with their mission, there are also some great resources for older students looking for outreach and to help make a change in the world.

 

  • http://catholicblogger1.blogspot.com/ Is a website put together by a mother who is passionate about what she does. Games, printables, special event planning, lesson plans, classroom, crafts, and more. An impressive list of resources to come from one woman running a website on her own.

 

Catholic Education 2015-2016 Infographic

Catholic Education Facts Infographic by Steve Virgadamo

Catholic Education Facts Infographic by Steve Virgadamo

Five Essential Marks of Catholic Schools

With so many colleges coming under fire for being Catholic in name only, the question becomes, what makes a school Catholic in the eyes of the Church? Here are the five marks that give a school a good Catholic identity:

11 Reasons to Teach, by Sister Mildred

Sister Mildred was a Benedictine Sister of Chicago, in service for 66 years, making her final vows in 1949 and passing away this year. In her belongings, they found a little letter, addressed to no one in particular, entitled First is Best. It lists 11 reasons why she loved to teach first grade. Steven Virgadamo has complied this into a slideshow to share the joy of teaching in the Catholic faith.

 

Toward a Theory of Fundraising A Steward’s View at the Process