Time Management Skills for Teachers

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Teachers can assess their time management skills by keeping a log of their activities, reorganizing their work spaces to make things easier to find and using valuable tools that can make each task easier. Find out how teachers can manage their time better with advice from a writing instructor in this free video on education.

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Hi, I'm Laura from youngwritersworkshops.com, and I'm going to talk about time management skills for teachers. The first step in analyzing your management of time can be to make a little journal. You might make notes when you feel like you're spending a little bit too much time on something. Do this for a couple of days, and see where you're just spending too much time. It could be in filing, it could be in explaining some...a task repeatedly. This will just give you a little bit of a guide as you begin to try and make some changes. A common one -- and this might not be true for everyone, but a common way that time is wasted is in looking for things. So the more you can organize your space...use files, label storage areas, use different bins or receptacles for documents that you do need to save or for equipment that you need to store. This can really help you because the process of searching for one piece of paper in a huge mess of...stack on your desk can really waste a lot of time. So organization of your space is key. You can also use transparencies. For example, if you're spending a lot of time repeating a task, try creating a transparency that can be projected or if you have a projector for your computer screen, project the instructions so that students won't have to require your help for repeated explanations. That can be a good step. Transparencies for assignments, transparencies for things that you have to repeat often or you need to give additional help for. Another good thing to look into is a grade book program if you're not already using one. This can help you to curve your grades. It gives you an easy way to enter your grades. You might even have a student aide that can help you doing some of the data entry for your grade book program. Use students as much as possible to do tasks that you would ordinarily have to do yourself. If there are tasks that can give them some new skills or give them a feeling of empowerment, that's a great way to use your time and get more done. So those are some ideas about time management for teachers.

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