Time Saving Tips for Teachers


So much to do, so little time. Have you ever wished for more hours in the day? While that would be nice, it’s not realistic.

Yes, a teacher’s to-do list may be long, but there are some simple ways that you can save time by streamlining your work flow and spending more time focusing on the most important part of teaching – your students!

With these time saving tips, you may even feel as though you magically added time back into your day…

Plan 2 Weeks Ahead of Time

Use your activity planner and write down your lesson plans for at least 2 weeks in advance! It will not only feel great to have it off your plate – but if an emergency ever came up and you needed a sub they will know just what to do to keep your classroom running smoothly while you’re gone.

Schedule Your Work Time

Schedule 30 minutes a day to complete work tasks. When you break your to-do list up into small increments of time with manageable tasks, your week will flow better and save you tons of wasted energy. Make a schedule and stick to it!

Monday – Work on lesson plans

Tuesday- Make copies/prep lesson materials

Wednesday- Tidy up classroom space (remove garbage, file papers, and put everything in its place)

Thursday – Order snacks and supplies

Friday – Work on newsletters

Deal with Paper Once

Try your best not to start a “do later” pile of papers. Papers accumulate quickly in a classroom and can easily get lost never to be seen again. Get in a habit of reading, responding, and recycling (or filing) papers as soon as they enter your classroom space. This goes for e-mail too!

Keep a Tab

Use a dry erase board or a simple piece of paper taped to the wall to keep track of supplies that need to be reordered. As soon as you see a supply running low write it on the list so you don’t forget it later. This not only saves you time, but also helps to make sure nothing is missed when it comes time to place your supply order.

Keep Materials Accessible

Keep the supplies your students need within their reach. There is no reason to be wasting time and stopping in the middle of your lesson to help Johnny get a red crayon, or help Susie get a new glue stick. Not only does this take one more thing off of your to-do list, but it also teaches your students independence.

Delegate Tasks to Students

Students love to help – so let them! Whether that be wiping down tables at the end of the day, helping pre-cut or sort activity supplies, or being the official Friday pencil sharpener, save yourself time by finding ways your students can help you. As an added bonus, students will learn responsibility and feel like they are a part of a team – taking ownership of their classroom.

Make time for yourself

It’s easy to focus so much energy on taking care of your students that you forget the importance of self-care. Schedule specific time each day to relax and do something that helps you feel good so you can be the best teacher you can be.  

Some simple changes to how you manage your day can become huge time savers in the long run. We hope you keep these ideas handy as you start the school year!

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