It’s a brand new year, and it’s time to start thinking about new year’s resolutions. Amongst the usual commitments to eat less chocolate, exercise more often, and to finally finish your long-term project, consider adding an organisational spring clean.
Thanks to her new Netflix show, the world is gripped in Marie Kondo’s KonMari method, a new organisational system for your home. If you’ve never heard of it, it involves splitting up your possessions into different categories and compartmentalising them according to their characteristics; the idea is to customise it to match you.
Organising Your Classroom
As humans, our mental state and drive are subconsciously affected by the environment around us. Oftentimes, we don’t even realise it, but the phrase “tidy house, tidy mind” holds a lot of truth.
By spending a couple of hours clearing out your classroom, you’re giving yourself space to breathe and affording yourself the best opportunity to kill it in the new year. Try splitting up the tasks into different areas, and work on each in turn:
- Teaching supplies
- Everything else in your classroom
Go through each item in turn, and ask yourself if it deserves a place in your classroom. Is this helping your students to learn? If not, get rid of it.
Now have a look at everything left over. Does it have a home? Find a place for everything, and make sure that by the end of the day, it makes it way back home.
It really doesn’t take very long to go through this process, but by the end of it, you’ll be feeling ten pounds lighter.
The Power of Customised Planners
We’re not suggesting you go as far as Marie Kondo and thank each individual page in your planner. The truth is, teachers see huge benefits when they adopt a similar approach to their day-to-day planning.
Planning ahead keeps your mind clear of distractions and empowers you to get more done. The way you perceive that pile of marking that seems like an impassable mountain can and will change if you’ve got a structured game plan for the next few weeks. Suddenly, that mountain shrinks.
Harnessing the power of customised teacher planners is easy. As a school, you let your planner expert know exactly what matches your needs. Do you run a 4-lesson day? That’s fine; reflect it on your lesson planning pages. Do you need extra space for marking and assessment? Just add it; our design team will edit the content of any page to perfectly match your requirements, from cover to cover.
Infusing the Growth Mindset
If you have the growth mindset, you’re open to new ideas and ways of doing things. You learn more, quicker. Simply put, you get more done.
However, the growth mindset is not something you activate by an on-off switch. You can’t wake up one day with a different worldly outlook. It’s a series of small steps that gradually infuses your psyche – like brewing a cup of strong tea.
Many schools and teachers have found success by focusing on a growth mindset quote or idea for each week of the school year. Try to live each week of the new year by a growth mindset quote, and encourage the same for your students. If you’re not sure where to find these, we have a handy list of growth mindset quotes for every day of the school year. You can even add these to your school’s customised teacher and student planners.