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Organized vs. Disorganized teachers

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Kristina Conley

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Transcript of Organized vs. Disorganized teachers

Why it's okay to be disorganized
More understanding of other's shortcomings, as well your own
Compensating for weaknesses
Discovering and utilizing strengths
Organization does not necessarily foster success
Being organized is boring (at least for people accustomed to chaos)
Promotes creativity, flexibility, and grace under pressure
"One of the advantages of being disorganized is that one is always having surprising discoveries" - A.A. Milne
Being organized is okay too!
Practicing organizational skills has obvious benefits for teachers and students
A consistent, safe environment promotes efficiency and respect for others' belongings and workspace
Students are aware of areas designated for certain activities (center-time, outdoor activities)
Benefits for the teacher include improved student-teacher/parent-teacher relations, professional growth, and increased student academic progess
Works Cited
Sackett, Jason. (2007).
Making chaos work: managing disorganization in the workplace and classroom
[Powerpoint slides]. Retrieved from http://www.usc.edu/dept/education/SRC/DOCUMENTS/PDFs/Colaboraciones/Making%20Chaos%20Work--Teachers%20print2.pdf.
Bear, T.C. (2008, Oct. 23). Tips for classroom organization [Online Blog]. Retrieved from http://www.teachercreated.com/blog/2008/10/tips-for-classroom-organization/
Functional > Organized
Avoid messes- understanding limits and setting realistic goals
Anticipate the outcomes of applying rules and achieving goals; how will it affect the people (students, parents, other faculty) around you? is it helpful?
When given a large workload, prioritize all given tasks
Stop procrastinating- adapt a technique that works best for you or do something else productive (go for a walk, read a book)
What is disorganization?
"Disorganization is a function of the brain, NOT an outcome" (Sackett)
Disorganization is the brain's inability to perform certain tasks such as planning, time management, and creating routines
Those who are truly disorganized struggle with applying organizational skills which leads to problems performing basic tasks
However, it's okay because..
Organized vs. Disorganized teachers
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