Have you heard the analogy between teachers’ minds and an internet browser–how we both have multiple tabs open at the same time? It’s true and it’s tiresome. Creating a culture of efficiency at your school will not only be helpful to your fellow teachers, but it will allow you to “exit out” of those other tabs in your mind, helping you to focus on just one thing at a time, which in turn will assist you in being better at your job.
What Does a Culture of Efficiency Look Like?
It’s a bustling and productive work environment. Everyone knows what is expected of them and competently performs their job without getting burnt out. Teachers can lean on each other and expect their administration to support them. Ideas are shared and respected, and it shows in student performance.
It starts at the top–the administration. The superintendent as well as the principals need to be strong leaders, and more importantly, they need to communicate. Just as in any job, the employees mirror what their boss wants them to do. In an efficient school, the principals communicate with their staff and create goals, discuss their most important concerns, and then make a plan. Principals then should bring this information to the superintendent, so that they can generate some strategies or put procedures into place.
One of the most effective ways to create a more efficient school is by incorporating technology. It saves us time, energy, and has totally reinvented research. Using technology in your school can be as small as having students use computers to find information rather than scouring the bookshelves. However, most efficient schools take it farther than that.
Technology can make parent communication less painful for teachers. Rather than sending letters home, trying phone numbers that haven’t been updated in years, or sending emails to a no longer used AOL.com address, ask your schools to try different apps such as Seesaw or Script. Seesaw allows you to upload each student’s work portfolio, where you can communicate with students and their parents on student assignments. It also allows you to send out individualized instruction and assignments to specific students. The Script app essentially rids you of any paperwork. Whether you want to instantly send out permission slips to parents or submit forms to HR, the app can alleviate any stress that comes with a million things on your to-do list and keep your desk a little more tidy.
Even though it may seem like a large, monetary undertaking at first, in the long run becoming eco-friendly will actually save the school money, making it more energy efficient. This alone could save your school approximately $100,000 each year, which could be spent more usefully elsewhere. Using technology for efficiency will also cut costs. For example, switching from regular to recycled paper might cost a bit more, but if we also start distributing our “handouts” electronically we won’t be using as much and will therefore be more efficient with the money spent.
Having a smooth running school all starts with you!
In all areas of teaching, collaboration is key. The more people who are working on a solution, the faster it will be solved. If work is divvied up between staff, it’s less overwhelming. These are just small examples, but working together and having that communication between all staff will consequently make the school more efficient in all aspects.
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To learn more about Script and how to streamline your K12 school processes such as field trips, aftercare, parent purchases, digital permission slips, please feel free to book a demo at www.scriptapp.com
This article is written by Lauren Bubb, an English Teacher at Frankfort-Schuyler Central Schools
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