A busy teacher’s work is never done. Enterprising educators are maximizing every minute of their free time. That means they’re taking courses, working on their PLNs, researching and lesson planning, and many of the other things that make teachers so amazing. We love what you do, and we’re here to help. This article aims to 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. Which ones? The ones you got from your students, of course! 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.
Need some help? Draw some inspiration from some of our own resources:
- PBL in the Classroom
- Twitter-Tastic Teacher’s Guide
- Solution Fluency Activity Planner
- 6 Awesome Blogs for Project-Based Learning
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 Things to Know Before Starting a BYOD Program—The most successful BYOD programs start with planning and asking good questions. This free guide will help you immensely.
- 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. Debrief the Year with Gratitude
This is important for feeling good about what has gone before you and what is to come. Your profession is your passion, and it will never throw anything at you that you can’t handle.
Our victories and trials shape us equally and make us better, when it comes to any profession that is a part of our life. This is no less true if you’re a teacher.
Explore the following questions at the beginning of every school year:
- What were your successes and challenges last year?
- What were the periods in which you felt you and your students achieved the most connection?
- What did you learn from the difficulties you faced?
- What was your most powerful moment in teaching?
- What do you feel you can improve on professionally and personally?
- What about your profession are you most thankful for?
- What about your students are you most thankful for?
- What is your personal motto for the upcoming school year?
4. Share the Learning
Are you reading any interesting books or watching cool films? Are you thinking about building a lesson plan around any of them? Share it with your students. Invite students to share any ideas of their own too. You can do this on your blog or Twitter feed.
5. Continue the Tradition of Your Own Excellence
So many enterprising teachers will choose to continue their practices in something like summer school. Heres a great article from TeachHUB which is a comprehensive survival guide for getting the most out of your summer school experiences any year.
6. 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
7. Explore New Digital Tools
Dive into new digital tools! Start with our free Tools for Teachers Guides—the Digital Media book and Writing Tools book. These free guides feature some of the best tools out there for innovative tech-oriented teachers.
Next, explore digital fare like these choices which are guaranteed to get your attention:
- Canva for Education
- 80 Free Digital Resources
- Google for Education
- Digital Storytelling Tools
- 20 Free Tools for Teachers
- CommonSenseMedia: Digital Citizenship Tools
8. Take Some Time for YOU!
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.