Six Daily Tasks All Teachers Should Do

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Every task that teachers perform falls under one of six categories. Many states use these basic categories when observing and evaluating teachers. The categories provide a great organizational framework covering everything from planning lessons to classroom management.

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Planning, Developing and Organizing Instruction

One of the most important parts of teaching takes place long before you begin any lesson. Planning, developing and organizing instruction are major parts of your job. If you are effective in planning lessons, you will find that your day-to-day teaching tasks are much easier. Unfortunately, many teachers do not have the time to create effective plans for their classes. This is especially true if they are teaching multiple preps. However, every teacher should attempt to upgrade a couple of lessons each semester. This will help keep the material fresh.

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Housekeeping and Recordkeeping

For many teachers, this is the most annoying part of the job. They have to spend time taking attendance, recording grades and following through on all necessary housekeeping and recordkeeping tasks. How you handle these tasks says a lot about your classroom organization skills. With effective and easy-to-use systems in place, you will be able to spend more time teaching and interact with students and less time doing paperwork.

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Managing Student Conduct

Many new teachers find that this area of teaching is what scares them the most. However, a couple of tools -- properly used -- can help you create an effective classroom management policy. These tools include posted rules combined with a posted discipline policy, both of which are consistently and fairly enforced. If you are not fair or do not follow through with your posted policies, you will have a hard time maintaining a well-managed classroom.

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Presenting Subject Material

Once you have finished your planning, and students are sitting in class waiting for you to teach, you are at a critical juncture -- how will you actually present the subject matter? While teachers typically decide on their main mode of delivery during the planning phase, they will not actually implement these methods until they are face-to-face with their class. There are important tools that all teachers should have in their teaching arsenal regardless of which method of delivery they are using including verbal clues, effective wait time and authentic praise.

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Assessing Student Learning

All instruction should be built around assessments. When you sit down to develop a lesson, you should begin by determining how to measure whether the students have learned what you are trying to teach. While instruction is the meat of the course, assessments are the measure of success. Spend some time creating and refining valid assessments for your students.

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Meeting Professional Obligations

Every teacher must meet certain professional obligations depending on the school, district, state, and area of certification. These obligations range from something as mundane as hall duty during a planning period to more time-consuming tasks like participating in professional development opportunities required for recertification. Teachers might be asked to sponsor a club or chair a school committee. All of these take time but are a required part of teaching.