- Using a year planner, write in all your deadlines and work backwards to ensure you have enough time to meet them. Write down the times when your workload is likely to peak so you can factor this in. Don’t let it take you by surprise!
- Don’t leave things to the last minute – your draft lesson plans will probably need redrafting, so make sure you give your mentor plenty of time to provide feedback. Plus if something unexpected comes up you will still be prepared to teach the next day.
- Use lists to manage your tasks and highlight the priorities. Keep your lists short – daily or weekly – so you can keep your priorities in mind. It’s also useful to break your tasks down – rather than writing ‘marking tonight’, write down what you’re marking and how much needs marking etc. This way the task feels more manageable and you can allocate an appropriate period of time to it.
- Identify time-wasting habits and stop them. Are you spending too long writing assessments? Do you go into too much detail with lesson evaluations? Do you procrastinate when planning lessons? Look at your work and consider ways you can make it more streamlined. If you need help knowing how much time you should be spending on certain activities, ask.
- It is very important for your wellbeing to protect your own time and stay involved with hobbies and non-teaching activities. Allocate ‘me-time’ in your planner. This will helps you keep a balanced perspective on your work and keep you feeling mentally refreshed and ready to reach your full potential.
It's important to look at your training not with dread but with optimism. Training can be an extremely enjoyable and rewarding experience, as you get the chance to discuss strategies and techniques with education professionals and see the difference great teaching makes to pupils' outcomes.
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