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Unique Time Management Strategies with Jord Watches

As teachers we have so much to do! One of the toughest things to manage as a teacher is structuring TIME to get #allthethings done. I wanted to share with you some things I have tried to help me manage my time in and out of the classroom. But first...GIVEAWAY time! As part of managing time, I always wear my JORD watch. Because it’s been so valuable (and stylish) in my time management pursuit, I’ve teamed up with JORD to giveaway $100 towards a watch of your choice.

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Now back to managing your time…

Plan ahead.
In my everyday life, I am a day by day kind of person, and sometimes it’s hour by hour. However, in my classroom I try my hardest to plan out for the week. That’s the longest stretch I can go, because as you know things change daily in the classroom. By planning for the week, I feel at ease knowing that I’ve structured my days, alloted for core instruction, and have pre planned for extra activities like assemblies, buddy time, and specials.

Be Intentional.
One of the best pieces of advice I have ever gotten from my administrator was to be intentional. When you’re planning your school day, be intentional about your lessons. What’s the point or the purpose? Are you going to put those papers into the “round file”? If you answer those questions and can’t find the purpose, then what’s the point of completing that task? If you eliminate unnecessary and meaningless tasks, then you’ve freed up a lot of your time to do the real work with purpose and intention.

Make all the lists.
Making lists really helps me prioritize all my tasks. It gives me time to think about what I need to accomplish first, and how to best support my students with my time. I also tend to forget things very easily. Making all the lists keeps my to-dos fresh in my mind.

Time management is in your hands, so don’t forget to ...
Plan ahead
Be intentional
Make all the lists

And don't forget to enter the JORD watch giveaway!

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Summarizing text is such an important skill. Students learn how to summarize text as early as kindergarten by being asked to retell or recount familiar parts of a story, including key details. By fifth grade, students are not only asked to summarize text, but they also need to identify the theme of the story as well as characters overcome challenges throughout the story.
Since this skill is embedded across the elementary curriculum, it’s important to practice this skill early.

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