Time Management Tip: Make the Most of Small Blocks of Time
Have 10 minutes to spare? Put a dent in your workload by completing one (or more) of these 15 tasks.
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5
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One of the hardest things about teaching is finding big blocks of time in your jam-packed days to get all the items on your to-do list done. So, try to make it a habit to use small chunks of time to put a dent in your workload. Even with ten minutes or less, there are many tasks you can accomplish. Here are 15 possibilities:
- Write a morning message and morning work directions on the board.
- Grade multiple choice sections of quizzes and tests.
- Brainstorm bulletin board ideas.
- Print out worksheets.
- Update your seating chart.
- Peruse a book of quotes and bookmark five of them to use next week.
- Identify literary elements in the pages of a chapter-book students will be reading later in class or as a homework assignment.
- Review three picture books you're considering using for an upcoming circle time.
- Create an outline for a lesson plan.
- Read and grade a small batch of essay questions from a test.
- Take down a bulletin board display.
- Decide which topics you want to write about in your parent newsletter.
- Send three emails to confirm the time and place for upcoming meetings.
- Jot down agenda items for meetings with your teacher's aide, team teacher, ELL specialist, the school's special education teacher, or psychologist.
- Fill out Happy Birthday postcards for all your students and put in birthday folder.