This summer, the Special Services Instructional Leadership Team has been very busy preparing for the school year. Our biggest development is the addition of two pieces of direction for our program. The first is our purpose, which aligns with the district purpose:
The purpose of the Marion County School District Department of Special Services is to complement the general education curriculum so that students with disabilities receive a free, appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment and educate, prepare, and inspire students to be productive citizens in a changing global society.
The second is the addition of departmental core values, which we will use to guide all we do this year:
• Pursue Excellence • Develop Relationships Through Service, Advocacy, and Compassion • Be Honest, Fair and Respectful • Build Trust Through Consistency and Communication • Value Teamwork and Collaboration
Join us in making this year the best ever in Marion County!
We all experience it. There don't seem to be enough hours in the day for all we have to do. Teaching, plus lesson planning, plus IEPs, plus grading papers all seem to take up our day. We rarely get a chance to say hello to our families and then we are back at it again. We seem to feel like that there aren't enough hours in our day to do all we need to do.
Consider this, though, the writer of beautiful works such as P. S., I Love You and Life's Little Instruction Book, H. Jackson Brown, said:
"Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein."
It becomes a question of whether you want more days of more life in your days.
Forbes magazine gives the following suggestions for time management of highly successful people:
Block out your days, making the most of every minute
Don't multitask--do one thing at the time
Don't use a to-do list--instead schedule it on your calendar
Beat procrastiantion by taking the option away from yourself
Schedule the time for your family FIRST not LAST
Always carry a notebook and write things down
Process email only a couple of times per day (not all the time)
Stay on topic at meetings
Learn to say no when it's not part of your job duties unless it's something you really want to do and you can allocate the additional time.
Focus on the activities with the greatest results
Delegate tasks that can be delegated (for classes with assistants, this is key)
Theme days of the week
Touch things only once--handle it now, not later
Have a consistent morning routine
Don't skip meals, breaks or sleep
The biggest key here is organization! Organize your day in a method that works for you and stick to it! Also, focus on your family and make certain you value your time with them.