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May 05, 2006

Workplace Issues - Are You Unorganized?

Hi readers,

Alright, I know this is going to sound boring, but here goes. There is a very simple and easy way in which you can become a more effective, organized and dynamic teacher. It does not involve going on expensive courses, shelling out on new gadgets or even staying up all night on a Sunday in a cold sweat. All it involves is giving up a maximum of five minutes every day.

Want to know what the secret is?

It's simple - having . . .

. . . a good filing system.

A small amount of time invested each day (or even at the weekend) into filing can reap dividends in the long run, especially if you plan to stay in ESL teaching for any length of time. Having a good filing system will definitely pay dividends - you'll have fewer panics, be better able to continually improve and update your lesson plans, be able to support your colleagues (who may not be as organized as you!) and wherever you go in the world to teach, you'll have a ready ready-to-go bank of lessons and work plans.

If, however, your Word documents are scattered in the electronic wilderness on your desktop, random files, disks, CD-ROMs and as saved web pages, you'll never have a clue where anything is. Stick it all in one folder and you'll know (or at least have a better idea) where everything is.

For mine, I have folders marked "grammar," "vocab," "communication," "reading," and "writing." It is not perfect, and if I'm perfectly honest there is also a dreaded "misc" file lurking there as well - but this suits me pretty well.

You need to find your own system according to what you teach, but make sure you do!

Happy reading and do let me know what you think.

Happy filing,

Chris Sowton
May 2006 Guest-Writer for ESLemployment

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About the author of this entry:
Chris Sowton is not from the Western side of ‘the Pond’ like many readers of ESL-Lesson-Plan. In fact, he lives about one mile from the Greenwich Meridian Line, which he hopes will enable him to be as broad and global in his outlook as possible. Chris's first exposure to ESL was an eight-month teaching assignment to rural Nepal when he was a fresh-faced 18-year-old. After having such a wonderful time, he returned to his studies in the UK, and set up Global Action Nepal (GAN), a charity whose main focus was on training English language teachers. After graduating from the University of York in English literature, he went back to Nepal for eighteen months. Returning to the UK in 2001, he first of all took an M.A. in International Development, and since then has worked as a freelance development and education consultant for various NGOs and universities. He is married and lives in London. “Mellifluous” is his favorite word.

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