Ruth Houston

Tips for time-stretched teachers


Our Texthelpers have been thinking about strategies to help time stretched teachers make the most of their day. Here’s our top tips; we’d love to hear how you juggle your time and what tasks take the most time out of your day.


A recent TES article announced that “teachers are more likely to work unpaid overtime than staff in any other industry, with some working almost 13 extra hours per week, according to research.” The Research, published by TUC was released in time for “Work your proper Hours Day” a day in which the union urges employees to take a proper lunch break and leave work on time.

This got our Texthelpers thinking about strategies to help time stretched teachers make the most of their day. Here’s our top tips. We’d love to hear how you juggle your time and what tasks take the most time out of your day. Let us know by commenting below.
 

Peer mentoring

Let the students teach the students, especially when it comes to getting to grips with new classroom tools. Generation Z are technology native, so are well used to picking up new technology and getting stuck in. Peer mentoring is not only a great timesaver for the teacher but a great morale booster for the pupils. Peer mentoring schemes also count towards things like the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

Create independent learners

Creating a culture of independent learning in your classroom allows you to multitask while the students learn. You can mark assignments and spend more time with those who need a little extra assistance. Creating a culture of independent learning is also preparing your class for further and higher education as well as right through to the workplace. Tools to aid independent learning are also more and more popular in the modern workplace so not only are you teaching your class the curriculum, but teaching skills for life and the workplace.

Let technology do the work

Bow to the power of technology. There’s a plethora of it out there to help give you more time with your students. From lesson planning tools to assistive technology there’s something for everyone out there. Assistive Technology in particular takes the pressure off you the teacher when it comes to creating independent learners. Necessary for some, but useful for all, tools such as Read&Write help pupils to write assignments and study independently. Again, these tools are now readily available in the workplace so don’t worry about pupils relying on software like this, they can continue to use it throughout life.

Let us know what the biggest drain on your time is by commenting below!

Comments

Lea 26/02/2016 14:19:03
There're different ways to save time but technology is probably the most powerful weapon :-) Read&Write is a brilliant tool, I totally agree with you here. I recently read another article related to your topic and there was suggested one more excellent service (actually, it's a plagiarism checker for teachers and students) http://www.survivingateacherssalary.com/how-your-professors-can-double-productivity-using-the-unplag-corporate-plagiarism-checker/ , I thought you'd be interested to found out about it and manage your time more effectively.
Thanks for the lovely post!

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