It’s a sprint to cover your material for the day. The material that you know should take double the amount of time to cover, but you don’t have the time.In my district, we have suggested time frames for how long we should spend on each subject area every day.
Here’s our suggested breakdown:
So what’s a time pressed teacher to do? Hack her way back to sanity with some minute saving ideas, of course! LOL!
Hack #1- Assign your students numbers:
This is like one of those totally old school tips. I remember having an assigned number when I was in 4th grade. At the time, I didn’t really think anything of it. Now… I’m like WHOA! TIME saver!
So, at the beginning of every year, I assign a number to each of my students. In general, they are in alphabetical order, but as the year goes, and students leave and new ones come… my best laid plans of keeping kids in ABC order by last name never quite pans out.
In addition to assigning students numbers, I also number their books:
Then, some how I figured out this AWESOME trick! If you use Google Chrome at school, you’ll love this! You can set up tabs to open automatically every time you open the internet. No more typing address or clicking into things. You just open up your browser and BOOM! It is already there.
So here’s how to set it up!
This has seriously brought sanity and time back to my mornings! We are required to take attendance through an online program. The problem is, to access the program, I had to go through a bunch of steps using my county’s website.
Now I have the page the link is located on as one of my automatic tabs. When I am ready to take attendance, I just click that tab, update, and submit.
We also use GoNoodle and ClassDojo through out the day, so those are set to come up too. Now, when we’re ready for a brainbreak, I don’t have to waste time finding and loading the page, we just choose our activity and go!
So, those are just a few time saving tips for teachers. The struggle for time will always be there. But, maybe with these little tips, we can turn time from a foe to a friend.
Got more time saving tips? Share them below!