Time Saving Ideas for Teachers

Time is a four letter word for some teachers. It is the one thing we all wish we had more of. We need more time to get to the end of our to-do list – the daily tasks of planning, grading, and paperwork. But even more than that, we want  time outside of school, with our family and friends, or just by ourselves and a good book (or Netflix!).

The clock does not have to be our worst enemy- use a few of these time saving ideas for teachers and you can get a lot of that time back, and use it however you want!

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Five Easy Meals for Teachers (or anyone else)

Five easy meals for teachers Its been a long day, molding young minds, making big differences, encouraging and inspiring. You have taught hard, graded tirelessly, and planned lessons for eight plus hours. You are ready to go home and relax.

But then the dreaded thought crosses your mind (or one of your offspring asks), “What’s for dinner?”

Making dinner is the last thing you want to tackle right now, but don’t be tempted to hit the drive through!

With these fast and easy meals for teachers, you will make a dinner you can be proud of, without spending the whole evening in the kitchen.

Each main course has just five ingredients (just one exception), and takes 30 minutes or less to make.

Plus, the total grocery bill for this whole week’s worth of meals is under seventy dollars! To feed a family of four – with leftovers for lunch the next day!

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Five Step Game Plan for Teaching the First Day of School: Middle and High School

Five step game plan for teaching the first day of school.The first day of school is the single best opportunity to lay a foundation for the rest of the year. For new teachers it may feel overwhelming – but it doesn’t have to be!

My first year, I was so nervous on my first day of school! To be honest, I still get nervous on the first day. But I have learned a lot, after making a lot of mistakes!

It is time to conquer the first day of school with these five bell-to-bell steps!

  • Set expectations before students enter the room – start in the hall
  • Use a seating chart
  • Assign something to do as soon as students come in
  • Give an Open Note Quiz on what they learn
  • Do a fun group activity!!

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Digital Classroom: Use Google Forms to Turn in Work

Learn how to use Google Forms and easily create a digital classroom for your students to submit online work.use google forms to collect digital student work Turning it in via email means you have to wade through all of your normal emails to find the ones your students sent.

If you are anything like me….you end up missing a few, and spending extra time hunting them down!

But no longer! Google Forms to the rescue again!

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Blended Learning – Teach Your Students More in Less Time

Blended Learning is the answer to so many common challenges and frustrations for teachers. Blended Learning will transform the way you teach, and the way your students learn.  It will…

  • Increase student engagement
  • Help you differentiate like never before
  • Give you more class time
  • Allow ‘you’ to be with every student at one time – they can even take you home

And the best part? It is easy!

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Plan the Beginning of Class on Purpose

In a typical high school or middle school room, the beginning of class often looks something like this:

Beginning class on PurposeStudents wander in from the hall. There may or may not be an opener assignment (bell ringer) but no one seems to be working on it. The teacher is at her desk, working on something of her own. Students are chatting, standing with friends, playing with their phones.

The late bell rings and Mrs Teacher jumps into action – but a battle ensues to get her students to quiet down and focus.

Have you been into a classroom like this? Does this look like your own classroom? And you are frustrated, feeling like you are wasting time (and gaining gray hairs!) at the beginning of class every day?

Do not be discouraged! With just a few tweaks, your first ten minutes of class can become your favorite ten ten minutes of the day!

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Daily Differentiation in the Classroom – Find The Students Who Need More

Differentiation for the classroom - how to find students who need more help, and how to help them.Differentiation in the classroom is one of the best ways to meet students where they are, and move them forward. But how do you find which students need re-teaching, or just a bit of extra practice, or are ready for something more?

Daily monitoring of student progress is so important – but it does not have to be hard, or take a long time!  This simple and fast method lets Google Forms do all the work!


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Teaching AP Biology – Student Friendly Curriculum Framework

Resources for teaching AP Biology

If you are anything like me, when you are teaching AP Biology, you want to give your students everything they need to be successful. This can be a super overwhelming feeling!

There is so much that goes into teaching AP Biology! Not just knowledge, but skills!

This post will help you squeeze the most out of two free resources provided by the College Board!

  • Teaching AP Biology with the Curriculum Framework
  • A method for utilizing the released Free Response Questions
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Three AP Biology Study Resources: Making a Five Starts Today

AP Biology Study Resources

AP Biology Teachers know – you can not cram for the AP Exam! If your students are going to be ready at the end of the year, they must study the AP Biology Curriculum Framework from day one!

But what what resources are best? Ones that align to the College Board’s curriculum framework!

Three resources to use for the whole year – make a five from day one!

Here are best AP Biology study resources out there for year-long learning. Each one is aligned specifically to the College Board Curriculum Framework so you know it is exactly what students need to learn.

  • Bozeman Science Videos – one for each Essential Knowledge
  • POGIL Activities for AP Biology – practice using and understanding Models
  • Albert.io – the Masters of Multiple Choice
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