If only there were more hours in a day, or more hours in a week. Teachers, it would be a cinch to accomplish everything on your to do list if there were an extra few hours in the school day. The educator who possessed the ability to stop time, even if only temporarily would be a very wealthy individual. However, no one has figured out how to stop time yet. Maybe someone will invent an app for that in the future. So, until that world changing, time stopping app is invented; learning how to effectively manage your time is essential and can benefit your students immensely. By productively managing your schedule you will make the most of your time, accomplish more tasks and ultimately have more time available to dedicate as you wish.
Be Aware of Your Time
How do I manage my time? I am too busy. Time management is not difficult but does require a little effort to get the ball rolling. Keep a log for a couple of days of your activities. To properly manage your time, you must know how you spend your time. Knowing where you allocate your time is important. Are you dedicating too much time in one area and completely ignoring another? Do you have more unfinished tasks at the end of the day than intended? You can benefit from time management. So, you have identified the problem areas. Now what?
Recognize Your End Game
Recognize your goals. Ensure that everything you do throughout the school day is directly connected to meeting one of your goals in the classroom. Tasks that are unsupported by short or long-term curriculum goals are counterproductive. Focus on activities and assignments related only on your goals. You must prioritize.
Essential and Non-Essential
Essential activities and assignments get them done as soon as possible. Spend more time on the more important tasks. Using an online timer for kids will help you keep track of the time used to complete every activity. You will be aware if more time was utilized than necessary on an activity or assignment. Teachers you can easily and effectively time and schedule various tasks or projects in order of importance. How awesome is that? You can manage your classroom better and you will achieve more in less time, and ultimately free up time for fun activities in class.
Furthermore, managing your time in the classroom is essential. Life will be easier when you are ahead of the curve and aware of where every minute in the classroom is spent. When you have clear goals, less time will be wasted on unnecessary tasks. Managing time can reduce stress. Structured time management results in less errors. It is easy to forget about the chapter test at the end of the week. Avoid extra stress by planning and managing time in your classroom. Creating time is impossible but managing it does not have to be.