A teacher’s work is never done, and enterprising educators maximize every minute of their free time. That means taking courses, working on PLNs, researching and lesson planning, and many of the other things that make teachers so amazing. We want to help by providing a quick list a few of our favourite teacher productivity tips.
These teacher productivity tips and resources will help you in your quest to grow and expand your personal and professional power.
1. Breathe New Life into Lessons
Consider some of your most memorable teachable moments. Think about how you can spice up or maybe even revamp your lessons based on student feedback. Dream up project-based and inquiry scenarios that will quench students’ thirst for learning. Draw some inspiration from some of our own resources:
2. Investigate New Pathways for Learning
Teachers get enthusiastic about new ways of teaching and learning. Mobile technologies have made the game even more innovative. What do you want to dive into that will ignite your classroom with new creative fire?
Are you considering flipping your classroom? How about “gamifying” your classroom? What about adopting a BYOD program or a blended learning approach? Do some homework and get yourself prepared for bold new teaching and learning adventures. Here are some useful resources to explore:
- A Flipped Learning Journey: Meet Jeremy LeCornu—The inspiring story of one man’s mission to flip his classroom, and the help and resources he attracted along the way.
- 10 Specific Ideas To Gamify Your Classroom—A practical article from TeachThought’s Mike Acedo takes the guesswork out of infusing game culture into any classroom. Useful tidbits of wisdom and experience here that you shouldn’t let pass you by.
- 16 of the Best Blended Learning Resources—Edudemic never disappoints teachers when it comes to resources and strategies for making any classroom fantastic. These blended learning resources are exceptional.
3. Build Your PLN and Professional Development
There is never a bad time to expand your PLN and heighten your own professional development strategies. Try out these cool links for resources and tips.
- BlogTalkRadio: Education talk radio
- Getting Smart: 50 Educational Podcasts You Should Check Out
- LearningForward: Standards for Professional Learning
- Edudemic: 50 Education Leaders Worth Following On Twitter
4. Explore New Digital Tools
Dive into new digital tools starting with our free Tools for Teachers Guides—the Digital Media book and Writing Tools book. There is also a book of STEM tools to check out. These free guides feature some of the best stuff out there for innovative tech-oriented teachers.
Next, explore digital fare like these choices which are guaranteed to get your attention:
- Canva for Education
- Google for Education
- Digital Storytelling Tools
- CommonSenseMedia: Digital Citizenship Tools
5. Take Time for Yourself
This last point is probably the most important. Teachers are notorious for convincing themselves they have no time for personal time, and it’s just not true. You must choose to make it a priority. You’re important, you’re special, and you work hard. You simply must take time out for yourself.
Being the most important part of a young student’s life means being the best you can be in mind, body, and soul. Enrol in a course or explore a new hobby. Take a trip, get some fresh air and exercise every day. Visit friends, or work in the garden. Do something you’ve never done before but always wanted to.
Hopefully these teacher productivity tips provided you with some direction and some motivation. Be good to yourself, and let your students and colleagues share in the benefits!