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Easy Ways for Teachers to Save Time

Posted by Joe Clarkin on Jun 8, 2016 4:00:00 AM
Topics: K-12, teaching strategies

Feeling like there aren't enough hours in the day is always frustrating. It typically means that you're busy and stressed out, which can lead to you being less productive, even when there's so much on your plate. So how can teachers, already operating in a more restrictive time period than the majority of us, cut down on some of the unnessary time-wasters? Lisa Neilson of The Innovative Educator has some ideas:

Easy Ways for Teachers to Save Time

1. Keep meetings short
  • Shave time to save time: Consider shaving off ten minutes from staff/team meetings.
  • Stand up: Whether in class delivering a lesson or in a staff meeting, mix it up and stand up for a more productive experience. Consider scanning Craigslist and garage sales for high top tables that students can stand at so that classrooms are more fun and healthy places to learn.
2. Let stuff slide
  • Avoid perfectionism: Figure out when you can settle for "good enough."
3. Limit your email time
  • Forms: My team made a form that helps reduce our email time. It is in my auto-reply and answers the most common questions or points those who reach out to resources or individuals who can help them. You can see it here. What are your most common emails or requests? Making your own form may save you lots of time.
  • Inbox organizer: Use a tool like Google Inbox. It helps prioritize, organize, and sort emails more effectively. It has suggested reply text and a real undo to retract messages sent in error.
  • Unsubscribe: Sounds obvious, but can be time consuming. Try I use it and love it. It bulk unsubscribes, keeps those you want in your inbox, and rolls up the rest. Read more here.
— Lisa Neilson via The Innovative Educator
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About Joe Clarkin

Joe Clarkin is a former copywriter at MBS. When he’s not working or studying, you’re most likely to find him reading a book or watching a game.

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