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If you are looking for ways that you can become more productive as a teacher, you’ve come to the right place!

Let’s take a moment to review some of the ways that we can get the most out of our hours spent teaching and hopefully feel a lot less overwhelmed and stressed out.

Try to make sure that you are at least doing these things:
  • Creating weekly plans that you stick to
  • Schedule the timing of homework so that you’re not grading papers every day
  • Stay as organized as possible
  • Keep a running to-do list

1. Involve your students in your procedures

There are a lot of ways that students can help ease your workload. If you have certain stations or zones set up within the classroom, have a helper or two be responsible for keeping everything tidy in-between use. The same goes for simple tasks like pencil sharpening, passing out papers and homework, and helping to keep the classroom running smoothly.

There’s no reason why we have to do everything our selves, and the added responsibility is beneficial to the students.

2. Create an organized system for your desk

If your curriculum relies heavily on the use of worksheets and other paper, make sure you have a folder or drawer system set up to help keep everything straight! Devise a system that best meets your needs and stick to it. A catch-all or junk drawer can also be helpful when you need to put things away but have to come back later to organize them.

3. Consider working with a team

Co-teaching is a great way to get more accomplished each day. When you have another teacher or aide on your team you can’t help to feel a bit of relief. Working with another person is also a great way to overcome procrastination and other bad habits that are getting in the way of your productivity. Use your teammates to everyone’s advantage, and maintain a productive relationship as you all multitask to ease each team member’s burden.

4. Plan in advance, at least one week out

When you set a firm block of time each week to tackle the following week’s planning you may be amazed by how much more productive you feel. Setting hard start and stop times for these sessions is another hack that helps you to up your productive output. And, if you are planning with other team members, having a set time that doesn’t change week to week makes it much easier for everyone to plan around the session.

5. Keep a running to-do list

When you have a running to-do list that is focused on impactful tasks, you will be a lot more productive. After each day it’s important to review the list and rearrange priorities as necessary. If some less impactful tasks fall to the bottom you know you’re managing your time properly.

6. Limit your time on task

If you tell yourself that you can just stay late after an unproductive day to catch up you might fall into a trap of wasting time. Assigning time limits to each task rather than dragging them out into the evening hours is an effective way to maximize your time and spend less of your free time working.

7. Stagger the homework and classwork that you assign

Increasing the amount of work that students do in class and is reviewed on the stop can help to decrease your grading time. Not everything requires an assignment of written homework. For the homework that is necessary, make sure you stagger assignment days so that you aren’t stuck grading papers every night or all weekend.

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