On average, teachers in the United States spend 1300 hours a year in student-teacher face-to-face time, more than most industrialized countries at 800 hours, and more than much-admired Finland at less than 700 hours.
Should teachers spend more or less time in front of students?
It’s easy to answer more. We want students to benefit from more time with their teachers.
If asked, few teachers would say they have more time to give. Let alone more time to give to themselves.
We understand. PTC Wizard is in the time business. We free up time for teachers and administrators with our online scheduling tools for parent-teacher conferences.
And, we care deeply about saving what time teachers do have during their busy workdays. Lesson planning, instruction, and grading papers alone make teachers are hard-pressed to catch their breaths during a school day.
So, think of trying out these selected four tips for time management, part of a Capella University’s “10 Time Management Secrets from Teachers Who are Living Their Best Lives.”
- Capture and use unexpected chunks of free time
Think about the next time your students finish early, a meeting runs short, or an afternoon event cancels. Use the time to “knock out small projects.” It works.
- Create new homework strategies
Instead of dragging home all those papers to grade over the weekend, what about an alternative? Set up one weekly homework option where all you need is the parents’ signature on a reading log.
- The word “no” holds extraordinary power
Try your best not to agree to take on all the projects asked of you. Planning field trips takes precious time. Just say “yes” to sharing. One university professor we know loves to take on projects for the administration, then suffers when grading theses at the end of class.
- Do priority work by mid-week
Many teachers run out of time at week’s end because there’s always something to add to the priority list. One teacher works well by getting all of her week’s priorities scheduled and complete by mid-week. Then, there’s a good chance some extra time pops up when you can best use it.
At 53.3 hours per week, the average teacher’s workday is ten hours and forty minutes a day, according to Primary Sources: America’s Teachers on the Teaching Profession, the report released this month by Scholastic and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. What does that mean?
Time management is still a primary pain point for teachers. Since we’re in the time business, we’ll do all we can to unlock more free teacher and admin time.
To Your Time-Savings Success,