Teach Tip Tuesday: Write a List

Are you feeling the pressure of the end of term starting to weigh down on you?

Are you anxiously trying to mentally sort through that massive to do list in your head? Prioritising on the fly to make sure you don’t miss an important deadline?

I can tell you that I definitely am. My to do list is never ending. Trying to prioritise is a nightmare and I could definitely do with a week of no students just trying to complete my list.

Let’s solve the mental anguish by WRITING A LIST!

6 Tips to write a list that helps not hinders. 

1. Write a list of everything that you need to do by the end of the term. 

  • This list will likely be very long but we are going to break it down.

2. Make up three lists: by end of week, end of term, beginning term 2. Add each of the items on the previous list to one of the three lists. 

  • If an item doesn’t make it to one of the three lists, it probably doesn’t need to be completed at the moment.
  • Make a new weekly list at the beginning of the week.

3. Prioritise each list. Use a column on the lists that you have already created to prioritise when tasks must be completed. Template here (coming soon). 

4. Calendar your major tasks for end of term. It is essential to know which tasks need to be completed prior to others. Example: 

5. Each new job that you get add it to the appropriate list.

  • This helps to re-prioritise your tasks as you receive new ones.

6. Pick at least 2 end of week jobs for each day and complete part of a end of term one. 

Are you using lists to help manage your end of term? Do they help to manage your anxiety? Please share below in the comments or post to our facebook page.

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About cmcaton

I am a Secondary Teacher and Head of Department Mathematics in Education Queensland. I am passionate about the development of pedagogy that engages the 21st century student and love to explore their implementation in the classroom. Disclaimer: The thoughts on this page are my own and do not necessarily represent those of my employer.
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