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Time Management of a New Teacher

Sep 13, 2013 3:59pm

This has been my first two weeks of teaching and have been working nonstop since. I have a big class load of 6 preps so I have been busy grading and trying to stay organize. Any helpful tips for time management of a new teacher??

  • Math
  • 9-12
  • New Teachers

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    • Sep 13, 2013 8:03pm

      6 preps - you certainly must be busy! Being organized will really help, and the biggest time saver you can have is to have an efficient homework grading system. I use this method a lot: check for general completeness, then choose 4-5 questions to look at closely (look at steps and final answer) and give a 3-5 point grade based on just those problems. I generally pick a couple easy ones and a couple harder ones and give students a chance to ask questions before they have to turn it in. Good luck and hope that helps!

      • Sep 19, 2013 11:34am

        I hope you started the year out with teaching procedures. If you didn't, it's not too late. Teach your students how to do everything in your class, from how to label their papers, to how and when to sharpen their pencils. The more you teach your students to do for themselves, the more you can delegate tasks, the less you have to help them, which gives you more time to get other tasks done.

        Prioritize your tasks. Consider when it has to be done by and how long it takes to do it. Anything that doesn't take much time, do it right away. Don't let papers get stacked up, deal with them immediately.

        You can make a to-do list every morning and check off each task when it's done.

        Get help! If you need help, don't be afraid to ask for it. If you have an assistant, utilize them. You probably don't have an assistant, so get parents or grandparents to volunteer in your classroom. Find out how each volunteer would like to help in the classroom and use their skills or interests to the fullest.

        Don't let clutter build up in your classroom. Once it starts, it just keeps building up and soon you have a huge mess. So make sure everything has a place and you and your students put things back to its rightful place.

        Also, ask other teachers at your school for tips, too. A lot of teachers like to share.

        I hope these tips help.