Jose Picardo: This is how I work

I am José Picardo and this is how I work

I’m the one wearing glasses.



Current job: Currently Head of MFL at Nottingham High School, but I’ve recently been appointed Assistant Principal at Surbiton High School as from September 2013.

Been a teacher since: 2004

Location: Depending on when you read this, either Nottingham or Surbiton (see above).

Current mobile device: iPhone 5 and iPad 2.

Current computer: iMac (27 inch – love the large screen for multiple windows).

School-issued devices: Macbook and iPad 2.

One word that best describes how you work: Chaotic efficiency (Two words. I know. I cheated).

How do you manage your calendar/diary?

By syncing across devices. Thanks goodness for the Cloud.

How do you manage your lesson planning?

I’m an early riser, so I like to get to school early and plan my lessons for the day. I rely heavily on a vast collection of resources (both digital and more traditional) and my colleagues for inspiration.

How do you manage your marking?

Currently not very well. Like most teachers, I’m really busy at school, so most of my marking is done at home in the evenings or at weekends. Family life does suffer as a consequence.

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

I try and spend as much time with the family as possible. Though this is not always possible. See above.

What do you do during school holidays?

We try to get to Spain at least once if not twice a year. Family time is a must. I also try and find some me-time that is usually dedicated to reading a lot about the things that interest me such as teaching, learning and learning technologies. Yes, you read right. I am that sad.

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

No technology is absolutely necessary for life. Though my smartphone comes pretty close.

What offline tools can’t you live without?

My car. It’s magic. It takes me where I want to go.

What’s your main workspace like?

I’m the keeper of a messy desk but a tidy mind. I know where everything is and I know how to get it.

What do you listen to while you work?

Other people. I’m a good listener. Ah, do you mean music wise? I like to work in silence. But I do like music on other occasions. My taste is eclectic. The recently played tab on my iTunes says Pearl Jam, Radiohead, Alt-J and Daft Punk.

What’s your best time-saving trick?

Get other people to do stuff for you. Seriously. I used to try and do everything myself. This is not good for your health and should not be tried at home.

What’s your favorite to-do list manager?

It was Wunderlist but I’m a big Evernote user, so I’m drawn to their brand new to-do list manager.

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

My potato peeler and garlic press. Life’s too short.

What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else?

Getting easily distracted.

What’s your sleep routine like?

No siestas. Sorry to disappoint. There goes the stereotype.

Are you more of an introvert or an extrovert?

I can be either when I need to be.

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

The grass isn’t greener on the other side. It’s greener where you water it.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Always more garlic.

I would like to I’d like to see Drew Buddie and Ian Yorston answer these same questions.


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


Jose Picardo: This is how I work

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.