Monday, 28 November 2016

Teacher Time Saving Tip 4

Some admin or planning tasks take far more time and effort than others (like those ones done in Tip 2).  Schedule a time for these tasks when you know you have a fair amount of time to really get into it.  

Also find a spot where distractions will be limited.  If you work best at school, find a spot where no one can find you.  If your fellow colleagues are expert hide-and-seekers, sit at your local Starbucks.  If you have had your fair share of caffeine for the day, position yourself in your living room at home (or lock yourself in the bathroom if there are kids around).  

If you are like me, I also tend to work better in the morning, rather at night.  So mornings would be my most mentally productive times.

It doesn't matter where you are, just find a space where you can focus for the given amount of time and tackle the task at hand.



Monday, 21 November 2016

Teacher Time Saving Tip 3

Have you ever arranged a parent conference, where it be in person or on the phone, and it seems as though there is no end?  It is so nice to have a good chat to parents about all kinds of things, but it is not so nice when they leave and you realize that for the past hour and a half you have been making small talk when you have a good few piles of grading that needs your attention.

Leave the chit chat to the sports' field or school events if you are on a tight time schedule!

Try to arrange conferences at time when you know time is limited.  Before school, during recess or during the parent's lunch break are all 'restricted' times.  You will get to your point and they will get to their's as both of you know the end is in sight.


Teacher Time Saving Tip 1 will also help to speed conferences along and avoid time being wasted.

Till next week - happy time saving!

Monday, 14 November 2016

Teacher Time Saving Tip 2

We all have our favorite TV shows and I'm not sure about you but once the show is over I regret wasting the time watching, instead of working.

I then realized that there were some things meant to do while watching!  I would cut, paste, laminate, staple or sort while my show was on.

Before you leave school, grab a folder of which ever 'mindless' activity you needed to complete, and plan it for that hour slot of telly time.  That way, after the hour, you can see progress and you have relaxed on the sofa!


Stay tuned for next week's #teachertimesavingtips !

Monday, 7 November 2016

Teacher Time Saving Tip 1

Teachers are known to be over worked and not have time for themselves.  For the next few weeks, I will be offering a Teacher Time Saving Tip which I hope will give you an extra few minutes in your day to do something for yourself.

So here we go...

Phone conferences can take up a lot of your time.  The trick is to put motions in place to limit the time on the phone.

 
Trying to explain areas of concern with a parent over the phone can take time.  If they have had an opportunity to look over the 'evidence' before the conference, they will have a background of the concern and make useful contributions.


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