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It is important to balance your time between work and home. Here are some suggestions on how to do this from fellow teachers.
Managing Your Time
Posted by:Kristie #86344

It is CRUCIAL that you set a plan for time management and then stick to it!! Don't let school overrule your life, even when you're student teaching, which is the most stressful time. I am a 3rd year teacher, so I can relate to your stress level! Here are some tips that may help:

1. Set a time to LEAVE school, and stick to it!! Unless I have a meeting, I ALWAYS leave by 5:00 and don't take any work home during the week. The evening is my time to be a wife and a mother, 2 things that are more important to me than my "teacher" role.

2. Tackle the most pressing things FIRST. When my students leave I first get things ready for the next day (materials laid out, copies made, homework and date written on the board, etc.) If I walk into my room in the morning and things are not...

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Posted by:SusanTeach #143082

How much are you grading each week? You don't have to grade everything - that's where I made my mistake a few years ago. Now I just go over the assignments in class and let them check their own. After all, it's mostly practice. I walk around while they're doing independent work, so I can help them with difficulties then. I give about 1 grade per week per subject (sometimes a test, and sometimes just a classwork grade). I also write out a key to help me grade faster, and so I don't have to take any books home. I try to get them graded during my planning times at school, and that has also helped a lot.

I hope it gets better for you! At least you're getting a handle on some of the paperwork. :)

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Time management
Posted by:Harry #14435

First of all get rid of the idea that every lesson has to be cool. If you try to make every lesson really exciting for them you are going to kill yourself. You will have no time for yourself. Second, plan ahead. What I do is take one week to plan for the next two weeks. So I have one really stressful week every now and then! This way each night I spend only a short time looking over and modifying my lessons for the next day. You give up one weekend to get two this way. Also I usually stay a little later on fridays to get all my materials together for the first three days of the next week. This way saturday and sunday are free. I find this helps you see problems with your lessons to because you have been thinking about them for so long. Just...

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Time management
Posted by:Pam #36146

I use every spare moment during the day and am one of those teachers you never see during the day outside their classroom. I stay late probably 1 time every 2 weeks on that night I get all my photo copying done. I do however go into school an hour early every day and stay until 4:00 everyday. So my hours are 7:00-4:00 I don't like to stay beyond 4:00 because I am then too tired to do anything for me. I would also like to add that if you are relatively new to a grade level or are starting a new position it is hard until you get into that routine and accumulate different curriculum materials. It is important too to get into the habit of teaching your students the responsibilities of cleaning up, I make all my students put things away before recess, lunch and at the end of the day....

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lesson plans
Posted by:phoebe611 #109736

I HAVE to do my lesson plans at home. It's about the only time I have to myself to sit quietly and actually get anything done. My planning period is a 35 minute slot when the kids are at p.e. However, my planning period is always taken up with checking and responding to my school email, starting students on make up work/tests, etc., grading a few papers if I'm lucky (I usually grade at home), going by the office to check my mailbox, and oh yeah, using the restroom my one time a day at school. :p

Seriously, there is never enough time to get it all in. When I do my lesson plans I sit down and do a chapter/unit at a time. We are fortunate to be able to use books with the little square boxes that nothing fits in. This makes...

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Might help you, may not- but it's what I do
Posted by:Judy24 #143083

I really try to use my plan time better. I found a few years ago that I always had to take things home when the teacher (a veteran of 23 years) never did, so I asked her. She explained very nicely that during her plan time that's what she did. She graded papers, she wrote lesson plans, and did her teacher stuff. Then she said what do you do on your plan? I said the same thing usually. She again said very nicely then what are doing in my room talking to me? I realized then that I talked a lot to other teachers on my plan time. Now I use my 30 minutes to do just what she does. I don't go down to the office until I have a stack of stuff and I shut my door and do my thing. It seems so small but it's really helped. I can...

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time management
Posted by:Lydia #82127

I am also a first year teacher and this is what I was told.

Don't take you work home with you. Your job needs to be kept seperate from your home life our you will burn out in the first five years.As a first year teacher you are obviously going to have to put more work into it than 10 year veterans, but don't let it run your life. Kids are going to learn no matter what you do, but of course you dictate how much.
I took a survey of teachers in my school when I student taught and the majority of them told me that you don't really get the hang of it until your third year. So don't expect miracles right away!!!

What I do to stay sane is this:
Get to school 20 minutes before the kids are let into your classroom....

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time management
Posted by:musicbean #143084

I agree with Judy24. I used to feel really overwhelmed by all the things I had to do until I learned to use my planning time better. I have 6-30min blocks a week and that's lots of time to get many things done. One thing I try to do is plan as much as I can a week in advance (I do it on Thursday afternoons). I get together all the things I need to photocopy, and a parent volunteer does it for me on Friday so it's ready for the next week. Maybe you have a volunteer who could do this for you? It only takes mine about 20 min once a week. This means that I can use my planning period marking, writing lesson plans, etc.

As for keeping the room clean - what grade do you teach? I expect my students to keep the room tidy. No one is...

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Time Savers
Posted by:Rainbow #88031

What comes to my mind are:

(1) giving each student a number. They always write that number in the top right hand corner of their paper. Their numbers are the same in my grade book. I put the numbers in order when grading. This system is two-fold for me.
1. This helps to zip right down the gradebook putting the grades in.
2. I can see real fast who hasn't turned their paper in.

(2)Also, in my planbook, I write notes to myself for next year since we get to keep our planbooks. I will jot down "didn't work", "add _____" Buy the book, _________ to go along with this, etc.

(3)Name flip strips. Each child's name is on a strip and laminated. A hole is punched into the corner of each and put on a metal ring. I can flip to the next person each week for my helper. The...

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Time Management
Posted by:Niria #14436

I've been Student Teaching for 13 weeks now...and I think I've managed to figure out how to manage my time more wisely. I was in the same boat too...I seemed to spend every waking moment at home or at school - WORKING. This is what I've worked out for myself:
1. You don't have to grade EVERYTHING! Choose specific assignments that you deem important to assess - but not all. You'll have enough grades at the end. I have a planning period during the day that I use for grading those specific assignments.
2. Assign one subject a day or 2 max to plan for the next week. For example, on Tuesday afternoons I plan for Language Arts, Wednesday=Math, Thursday=SS/Sci, Fridays=make copies/prepare for next week.
(Also - I usually make a quick list of "Materials Needed" for the next week as I...

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time management
Posted by:Colleen #22508

If you stay in the same school and the same grade level your work will get easier each year. I still do lots of work but I feel I can be a creative teacher now that I have worked out all the kinks.
I take my school work with me when my kids have sports practices or music lessons. I do a lot of school work on a lawn chair, in the car or on bleachers. I take my last years lesson plan book to help plan the next week's lessons. I also save stuff kids can't correct to correct at that time.
I also let my kids correct things when ever they can. Immediate feedback is very benificial. Not all marked work goes into my grade book. I only count tests, quizes, stories and special projects and assignments. I do not count homework...

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mangaging your time is the trick
Posted by:hana #116887

I am in my sixth year of teaching, and my first in second grade. I have two children under four years of age. I basically leave home around 7a.m., get there about 7:20, and start working. I pace myself too. If I have any copies to make, I leave it in my chair and walk up to the office and do them. Fortunately, not too much copying is required in my school.
What else? I will sometimes not go to the staff room, and instead put on classical music, or jazz and grade papers, etc. Or like another post, sometimes when kids are working, I will quickly grade, say a spelling test.

My every Monday, half day, after lunch, I work hard preparing the lessons for the week, etc. ANd through all this, I mangage to leave about 3;00. Often I have to leave...

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Time management
Posted by:SGS #16183

Hi there! This will be my 17th year teaching, and it's the first year that I feel as though I have a life. I have always lived and breathed school, only sometimes resenting it. For some reason this year I am finding that I have more time when I come home from school. Here are some things that help me with management:

1. I have created a template of my planbook using microsoft word. Instead of filling in the same routines each week, they are already typed in. Now, I just add the specifics. My plan book is typed and easy to read.

2. I (try) to do my weekly planning on Thursday evenings. Prior to that I pencil ideas in, but I do my typing at home on Thursdays. It usually takes only an hour. (I do some planning with the special ed. teacher on Friday mornings, so that is why I chose...

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managing your time
Posted by:Cathy-Dee #22494

This is probably the hardest part of teaching. Figuring out how to balance one's home life with school life. The first year or two of teaching tends to be the most time-consuming. The other teachers you mention have learned how to steam line and also do not have the same amount of preparation work and planning as you do when you first start out.

Some things you can do to help stream-line your time.
- set aside time for your family - if every day is not possible, then put aside two days a week plus one day on the weekend which is just for you and your family. No extra schoolwork on those days.
- you don't need to mark everything the students do. Some things are just for practice and in some cases the students can mark their own work. You need enough work marked so...

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