In response to Geoffrey Baker Hytch's letter (TES, February 13), I have analysed my time and I could "manage" more effectively if I cut out many of the time-wasting activities.
Things to cut:
* Trying to organise work so that all can benefit;
* Developing ideas and getting them into practice;
* Supporting other members of staff who are having a bad time (their problem);
* Being a teacher governor (someone else can do it);
* Attending union meetings and voluntary meetings (someone else can do that);
* Recognising the non-teaching staff as members of staff by talking to them;
* Having students working in the classroom after school (homelessness is their problem);
* Getting to know parents and discussing problems with them;
* Dealing with corridor problems (just don't "see" it);
* Enforcing rules outside my classroom (again, don't "see" it);
* Giving advice or chatting to current and ex-students;
* Being a member of a team.
Things to do:
* Marking and preparation (kept to a minimum);
* Tidying classroom and office;
* Departmental admin;
* Responses to management demands;
* Lectures to parents;
* Reading the latest reports, guidelines, etc;
* Attending compulsory meetings.
Neither list is exhaustive but the second has to be done, whereas the first is optional. The first gives the flavour of the activities which, I believe, make a good teacher, swallow up hours of "lost" time and contribute towards stress. I also think it is the more important.
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