Occasionally, I will admit to my students that I didn't grade their quizzes or homework or something else that they expected me to do. I usually apologize and try to make it into a joke. "Sorry, but you know I like to have a life sometimes, too." They usually follow this up with something like this: "Oh, did you go clubbing last night?" "Uh...no. Actually, I was asleep before 9 pm." I guess my definition of having a life and theirs varies greatly.
So, here are some ways that I try to save myself and my students time.
Make copies of frequently used interactive notebook forms. It's no secret that I love the Frayer Model for Vocabulary. I usually print 50-100 of these at a time and chop them in half. I keep them in a file folder labeled "Frayer Model." Whenever I want to use a Frayer Model with my students, I just pull out the file, and I'm ready to go without having to make copies.
I also run off our Unit Table of Contents pages in bulk. We put one of these table of contents forms at the beginning of every unit in our interactive notebooks. I also print 50-100 of these at a time and chop them in half. They are kept in a file folder labeled "Table of Contents." I always know where they are at, and it's nice to not have to make copies every time we go to put one of these in our notebooks!
|Frayer Model / Table of Contents Form|
|Normal Distribution Tables|
|Conic Card Answer Sheets|
This summer, I picked up some light bulb post-it notes at Target in the Dollar Spot. I've started marking things that I want to change or did change with a light bulb note. This way, next year, I will be able to remember what did and did not work well with my students.
|Light Bulb Notes - Reminders for Next Year|
I can hand write a quiz in about a third of the time that it takes to type a quiz. Let's be real. Equation editors are nice. But, it takes forever to input all of the various equations needed for a quiz. Recently, I decided to steal Dan Meyer's blank SBG test (at the bottom of his page before the comments) and use it to write my quizzes. I've made 15 or so copies of this that I keep in a file. When it is time to write a quiz, I pull out a blank copy, write my quiz, and make copies.
|SBG Quiz Template|
|Calculators At Back of Classroom|
|Calculators at Front of Classroom|
What cool tips do you have to save time? Share them in the comments!