David Rogers: This is how I work

I am David Rogers and this is how I work

David Rogers
David Rogers




Current job: Professional Tutor and Curriculum Leader for Geography, from September 2013 will be Assistant Head Teacher.

Been a teacher since: 2003

Location: Portsmouth, UK

Current mobile device: iPhone 5; Dell XPS 10 running Windows 8 RT; iPad 2; Kindle

Current computer: HP Laptop, MacBook.

School-issued devices: MacBook Air.

One word that best describes how you work: Differently.

How do you manage your calendar/diary?

Mainly through the iPhone 5 calendar together with the iCloud app via PC and MacBooks.

How do you manage your lesson planning?

I have a moleskin notebook and all ideas go in there. I lesson plan analogue through mindmaps and writing / sketching before transferring to Priory Geography’s Schemes of Work in Google Docs.

How do you manage your marking?

We mark each class every four lessons and have a shared rota within the department tied to monitoring.  I mark when I want to and have blocks of time.  I never take books home to mark, preferring to stay later in school.

What’s your best tip for term-time weekends?

Weekend’s is family / friends / me time.  I run, taking part in my first Marathon in April this year.

What do you do during school holidays?

Mainly spend time looking after my 3 year old son, exploring, climbing, going to the Alps with friends to climb.  I also lead a number of school trips. In 2012/13 these have included Iceland, Duke of Edinburgh Award.  I also travel with family and work with Discover the World who have sent me to Morocco.  Some of the time is spent on freelance projects for the Royal Geographical Society, Discover the World, Microsoft’s Partners in Learning and Hodder.  Bottom line is that holidays are important recharge time.  Read this blog post about how, like Fireman Sam,  I’m never really off duty though: http://daviderogers.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/never-off-duty-productivity-and.html

What apps/software/tools can’t you live without?

Evernote, Google Docs, Dropbox, the Office suite, Internet browser (I don’t care which).

What offline tools can’t you live without? 

My Moleskin notebooks, my running kit, my tents, my mountain bike, coffee, real ale.

What’s your main workspace like?

A disorganised mess, but I know where everything is.  Most of the time.

What do you listen to while you work?

BBC News, my eclectic selection of tunes.

What’s your best time-saving trick?

Say no to people.

What’s your favorite to-do list manager?

Seriously, my head. The my Moleskin and recently the reminder app on my iPhone, especially the ‘remind me when I get to a place’ feature.

Besides your phone and computer, what gadget can’t you live without?

Kindle. I read a book a week on average during my 90 minutes of commuting each day.

What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else?

My team would say keeping the focus on the main thing.  Which is learning, even if that means upsetting everyone.

What’s your sleep routine like?

Up at 6am, usually with my son. I hate wasting the day and have always gotten up early.  I go to sleep when I’m tired. Or bored.

Are you more of an introvert or an extrovert?

A reluctant extrovert.  I am because it’s how to get things done and learning improved.

 I would like to I’d like to see Ollie Bray answer these same questions.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

You can piss off everyone in the school, apart from the caretakers, photocopy team, the Head’s PA and the Bursar.

Decide what you can control and can’t. For those things you can’t, adjust the way you react to them. For those things you can, get them right.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

I love my job and don’t consider it any more difficult than any other. I consider myself a habitual underachiever.


Many thanks to David for agreeing to post here. Other *This is how I work* posts are available here.


David Rogers: This is how I work

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