Do you Google? No... I don't mean merely searching with very specific parameters. Do you REALLY Google? Google has created an immense library of tools for learning, organization, and collaboration far beyond its simple search. This list is a fantastic overview of what Google can do for you... which for most involves saving time, sanity, and making life, in general, much easier.
Beating the clock as a teacher usually is more like literally beating a clock at your house at 10:00 at night... that time when you actually finish your work for the day. Well, this article presents a few ways to make that happen a little bit earlier. It's author points out some time wasters of which may have escaped your thought and offers insight on how to minimize them.
A great way to keep students engaged is to constantly have something for their minds to chew on. This is no easy task, but thank goodness for the internet. Phew. It knows everything and could teach a good bit as well. This article will help you figure out how you can incorporate digital resources into your classroom. Whether you use them to fill time or to actually teach lessons is completely at your command.
I like lists. You like lists. You can scan this list, cross off what you already do and perhaps try some of the things that you may not do. Either way, when you are done you will either run a more efficient classroom or you are already darn efficient with your class time. These strategies tend to focus on keeping students occupied on a learning task during downtime.
Isn't it wonderful when your class comes back from lunch, quietly sits down, takes out a pencil and paper and looks to you for guidance? IF you laughed, well you know what I'm talking about. If you punched your screen, well, perhaps you need to play a game at this point as much as students. Nothing can be as frustrating as trying to get the attention of a conglomerate of children and few strategies seem to be as successful as a game.
Every elementary teacher knows that organization is important when sustaining your daily onslaught of prepubescent humans. In this slideshow compilation, you are sure to find some tips and tricks that will help your students to focus quickly in on a learning state of mind. Finding various ways to make students do some of your own work never seems to hurt.
There are many opportunities to save time in a classroom, especially regarding handouts and collections. One of the easiest time savers is to create a mailbox system in which kids retrieve their papers themselves. This saves you the time and energy required to hand and collect items yourself. This video demonstrates how a mailbox system works and how it has more benefits that simply saving time.