10 Time-Saving Tips for Teachers
It seems that everyone, especially everyone in education, could use a little extra time in each day.
Staying organized means better time management - so while there isn't a way to make our days longer (yet!), we can at least get more accomplished in the time that we do have.
Let me know what you think about these tips for staying organized and saving time.
Ten Time-Saving Tips for Teachers
- Recycle -- Choose a day each year to rid your classroom of old paperwork and documents. A good rule to follow - If you haven't looked a something in a year - add it to your recycling!
- Protect the Peace -- Hang a "Do Not Disturb" sign on your door when you're teaching. Sometimes that's all it takes to keep someone from interrupting.
- Know Where It Goes -- Once you've decided what papers you're keeping, create a specific place for each item. Your categories could be things like forms, answer keys, lesson plans/ideas, student information, etc.
- Ask for help -- A little help can go a long way. Ask your administrator or principal for help with lowering outside interruptions and time-wasters like unexpected visitors or frequent intercom announcements.
- The Perky Problem Solver -- Save the bigger tasks for when you're alert and rested. When you're ready, tackle them!
- Spot Who's Missing -- If possible, wait until students are busy to take roll, and use a seating chart instead of roll call to see who's missing.
- List the Little Tasks -- Have handy a list (physical or mental) of the "small" things that you need to get done. Then when you have a little time, in between classes or before a parent shows up for a conference, get those tasks crossed off your list. *BONUS* - It feels phenominal to check things off a list. Amiright?
- The Student Grader -- When appropriate, let students grade their own or each others' work. This not only saves you time, but it can help students understand their grades better when you walk them through the process.
- Plan Potty Time - Bathroom breaks are top of the list for time-wasters in the classroom. Is there a better way to manage restroom breaks in your classroom? Check out this video on classroom management - Darren Barker has a method that may just work for you.
- Take Two - A calm mind is an efficient mind. Whenever you get to the place where it seems like too much (we've all been there!), stop what you are doing, take ten deep breaths, and start again.
What can you add to this list? Let me know your time-saving tips in the comments section of this blog post.
PS - If you're looking for some free web tools to use in your classroom and save time, check out this video, "Tick Tock, Tick Tock...Saving Time with Innovative Web Tools".