9 Ways teachers can save time in the classroom

9 Ways teachers can save time in the classroom

We know you’re already amazing, but here are our 9 ways you can save time in the classroom.

1. Blended learning

Why not let your student take some control over their own learning?

By combining classroom and online learning, you can deliver your topics through online assignments, tutorials and discussion boards. You can create videos and podcasts for students on certain topics that they can view on their iPads or laptops at home.

2. Use digital leaders

Turn your students in Digital Hero’s!

Why? If you don’t have time to try out the ‘new #edtech’ that’s ‘single-handedly-going-to-change-the-world-of-education-as-we-know-it’ then you could ask your Digital Leader to try it and feedback to you, so you have a better idea of whether it’s worth any of your time. Don’t have time to explain the internet safety rules? Get your Digital Leaders to give a presentation.

Digital Leading is about using your best assets interest in technology to work for you, and this can be wide-ranging if you think creatively. Not only is this method saving you more precious hours but it’s empowering the students and exciting them, especially with rise of VR and game based learning. It is also something to go on the student Record of Achievement or CV.

BCS have a Digital Leader Coaching course which might be worth enrolling on to get a better understanding of how to implement Digital Learning in your classroom.

3. Room organisation

The key to an organised room is to remove as much clutter as possible, the best way to do this is through courage and aptly named storage.

Get everything off the shelves and out the cupboards, arrange it into what is used often, what not so often, and what is not needed. Throw the rubbish in the bin, put the rarely used items in cupboards and drawers, and keep often used items on shelves or quick reach areas.

If just having a tidy room isn’t enough; studies have shown that an organised classroom can help with unruly behaviour. Awesome.

Go to Pinterest for “How to organise a classroom” if you are in need of some ideas.

4. Do your lesson planning online

Planning online, not only removes paper, but gives you the tools to plan better using templates and sharing them online. It also gives you the ability to re-use the lesson plans for next year, saving even more precious hours.

Maybe try sites like Planbook.com and CommonCurriculum.com and see what you think. Put in the groundwork and reap the rewards!

5. Delegate

Don’t take all the stress on your shoulders, there are people around you who can help!

Ask friends, colleagues or even students; make it a game/challenge, you’ll be surprised who will be willing to help. Have faith.

6. Automate repetitive tasks

Why are you copying all your files into your archive folder again?

Defy repetition and try to automate your tasks as much as possible. Use hotkeys, or automate backups of your work, anything to shave off those extra few minutes. Use a program like ‘Auto-click extreme’ to record repetitive actions, so it can do them for you.

7. Desk organisation

A tidy desk is the sign of a tidy mind, is that the saying? Probably not!

However, an organised desk will help you find things faster and generally give you a better feeling whilst sat in your ‘command station’.

The best way to begin organising your desk is to start with a clean slate, remove everything and throw away or store all your unwanted items in drawers or on shelves.

Prioritise your items into to what you use the most i.e pencils, pens, calculators, put them into drawers so you can reach them easily, or in the case of pens and pencils, in a cup.

Clean the top of your desk and place your computer or laptop back its usual spot, making sure to keep your calendar and clock nearby. Try not to have too many electronic devices on your desk as it will likely start to look cluttered again. If you are someone who ends up having paper strewn across their desk, get a desk box. Simple.

8. Clean your desktop

A beautiful, well organised desktop will help you claw back those extra minutes lost searching for files.

Start simple and pick a productivity-boosting wallpaper. It might sound daft, but it’s a bit like decorating your house, if you paint the walls, you want to put nice things on them and keep them tidy, same for your desktop! Secondly, decide your organisation method; create named folders or divvy up your desktop into meaningful ‘ringed-fences’, work to be completed, work done etc. Thirdly, develop the habit. Every time you create, save or move something, think “Where does this need to go?”, the more you do it, the more you’ll keep on doing it until you don’t need to think about it.

9. Go paperless

Embrace the future and save nature!

Giving out papers, collecting them, grading them, and then putting the results into some sort of spreadsheet is a time-consuming operation. Using a well-thought out, powerful Learning Management System (LMS) can you save you a lot time and allow you to do more with the data you collect.

Moodle came first in the ‘Capterra top LMS list’ when combining users, customers and social following with Edmodo, ConnectEDU and Blackboard coming second, third and fourth respectively. Moodle is open source and free to download making it, understandably, an attractive proposition for those looking to go paperless, however it has its pitfalls so make sure you do adequate research before settling on a LMS.