Time-Savers! Anyone that knows me will tell you that I am all about saving time. After all, if I am going to wake up at 6:50 and be at school by 7:20 then I must be good with time management, right?! Or maybe I'm just super lazy ;)
So, let's start in the home. I refuse to wake up early. It's just not my thing. So, I always prep, prep, prep the night before. I lay out clothes, make lunches, shower, get my bag ready, and even make my ice water the night before. If I know I'm going to be out late then I do this before we head out to church or wherever we are going. It's almost a sickness :)
It does help that Joelle and Mr. Lemons are sleeping while I'm getting ready. They don't have to be at work/school until much later, so everyone is snoozing while I'm trying to get ready in 20 minutes! However, I do the same things for Joelle the night before. I actually got her uniforms all ready on Friday night for the week coming up. I felt super accomplished!
You are probably thinking... Amy, I could give a rip what you do in the morning so that you can sleep in while I'm up at 4:30 with 5 crying kiddos getting everyone ready for school. I get it! But, I do believe that my time management translates into the classroom as well. There's a lot I do at work to save me time!
1. Grading Papers- I stopped letting papers stack up years ago. I would get overwhelmed and just throw the stack away. Here's what I do now (for the most part)... I grade papers as students are turning them in if at all possible. I don't have a "finished" basket or anything like that. My students bring me their papers when they are finished. Normally, I grade it quickly and let them fix their errors. This saves me a TON of time and it helps my students to get immediate feedback!
2. I try and use charts, graphic organizers, journal entries more than once. For example, when we were learning about plural nouns, we used this same chart for 3 days in a row. Each morning I had 12-14 words projected and they just added to their chart. This also saves a lot of paper!
3. Word Wall Words- I hang my word wall words in a bucket on my word wall! This is the first year that I've tried this, and I LOVE it! I'm not searching for words, going to a cabinet, or file... they are right on the wall! Very convenient which means... I'm saving time!
I also do this for my Spanish word wall :)
I put the words in order at the beginning of the year so that I just have to grab the current words and staple 'em up!
4. Plan in Advance! I am normally planned for the following week by Tuesday afternoon. This helps me get all of my materials ready to go by Thursday or Friday!
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