Back in 2011 I wrote:
Some things I do… Keep a list of my lessons in Excel. Each lesson has a Topic, Title and Description – and I get Excel to make a “code” to identify that lesson.
To a new teacher…
Here is how I get Excel to create a lesson code.
Learning math is like learning to play the piano. First menial arithmetic and endless scales, but then Chopin and one’s imagination. @mathematicsprof
Having done both (learn maths and learn the piano) I love this quote. I hated scales when learning the piano. It wasn’t till I had got through my many years of formal piano lessons that I understood how fundamental learning scales was to everything I can do on the piano. As teachers of maths, we face that same kid, trying to convince them that what they are learning now will bring them greater understanding later.
Teacher’s all have their own way of keeping track of student attendance, and other aspects that are recorded in class. Here’s mine, it might give you some ideas.
I’ve found that teaching is one of those jobs where you end up making “to-do” lists. Years ago, I was determined to do away with paper-based to-do lists chasing me around. I started using Backpack described as an “information organiser” — Gather your ideas, to-dos, notes, photos & files online.
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