How Can You Manage Your Class Time Better?​

Teachers, like all professionals, are busy. In addition to having to prepare lessons and attend meetings, you also have to deal with the added pressure of being in front of students every day. It can be hard to find time for yourself or just to get ready for class when you’re so busy with everything else. But if you don’t take care of yourself and your needs as a teacher—which means managing your time effectively—you won’t be able to do the best job possible for your students. So today we’re going over some ways that teachers can manage their time during class effectively!

Find a free block every day to review what's going on

  • Review the day’s lesson plan and make sure you’ve hit all the points you intended to hit.
  • Review the homework assignment, if there was one. Sometimes students get stuck with a problem, so it’s good to go over it again in class.
  • Review your class notes from that day so that you can think about how to better communicate those concepts in future lessons.
  • Look at student work from the day before and ask yourself what went well—and what didn’t go so well? Was there anything that confused them or frustrated them? Did they struggle with any particular tasks? Did they seem bored or disengaged? Did anything else stick out as being odd or surprising? Keeping track of this information will help you adjust your strategy for tomorrow’s lesson plan accordingly.

Planning is key to making the most of your prep periods.

Take advantage of those first minutes after school, and plan out the day ahead.

Make sure to not miss any opportunity for your students to learn.

Make up any work assignments that students may have missed.

Put in mind that right scheduling is also a factor to consider.

Don't forget about the right scheduling of grading papers as well!

Make the most of your prep periods

  • Look at your lesson plan and decide what needs tweaking or changing, and jot down some notes on how you might do that. If you can’t get everything done during your prep period, don’t stress! Just take it one step at a time.
  • Just be sure not to use too much class time for this purpose; if you do, then there won’t be enough left for other activities like collaborative learning or skill-building activities which might provide more value for the students or help improve student confidence levels when moving forward with difficult concepts.
  • Lastly make sure not to forget about grading papers during these times as well; otherwise, there will be no end in sight until everything has been graded!
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Get them talking and writing

Encourages active engagement
When students talk and write about what they are learning, they become more invested in the material and are better able to retain it.
Develops critical thinking skills
Talking and writing about a topic requires students to process information, analyze it, and form their own opinions.
Improves communication skills
By talking and writing, students develop their ability to articulate their thoughts clearly and effectively, which is a valuable life skill.
Provides an opportunity for assessment
Teachers can use student discussions and written work to assess what students have learned and identify areas where they may need additional support.
Creates a dynamic learning environment
Allowing students to express their ideas and engage with one another makes the classroom a more dynamic and interactive place to learn.
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Stop and think about what you want students to be able to do when you go into your class room

As a teacher, you need to manage class time. One helpful technique is teaching with less structure at first: instead of having a set lesson plan where students complete assignments as they work through each topic individually (e.g., reading one chapter per week), try teaching in groups or pairs so that everyone can participate at once while still achieving your goals for learning over time (e.g., discussing what is happening in the story). Then move back towards giving assignments at different times during class so that students are given flexibility about when they want their work done based on how much time they have available outside of school hours or during lunch breaks.

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“At the beginning of the year, I find it helpful to create a daily schedule that includes the length of each lesson and any breaks in between. Once my students have gotten used to this schedule and they know what to expect from day-to-day lessons, I can start experimenting with other ways of organizing my time.”

We hope this article has given you some ideas on how to make the most of your class time, as well as some insights into how other teachers manage their classes. Remember – if you’re having trouble getting your students engaged in learning, it might be a good idea to try something new!

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