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Using Prep Time More Effectively

When I was teaching, prep time was a sacred time to prepare for the rest of the day or for the following day(s). This does not always happen, however, as prep time can be used for playing video games on the computer or phone, reading the newspaper, sleeping, or even subbing in another teacher's classroom. We must take our prep time back and ensure that we are fully prepared to teach our students.
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Using Prep Time More Effectively
  • Bridget Griggs, Ph. D. says:
    This project ended 2 years ago but it would be helpful for teachers to look at the results and compare and contrast with your thoughts and your current processes and procedures. Bottom line, we have all said that there are not enough hours in the day at one point in our lives and this project sought to get to the bottom of what is causing this problem and help teachers use their planning period more effectively to become more effective educators.
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    Less Is More: The Value of a Teacher's Time

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    Bridget Griggs, Ph. D. says:
    What if you had time to sit down with struggling students to analyze ways to help them more individually? What if there was time set aside to have more relevant and meaningful departmental meetings to discuss current trends, what's working and what's not? What about having time to talk with your administrator about your strengths and areas for improvement? These are just a few ways to make prep time work for the teacher more.
  • Bridget Griggs, Ph. D. says:
    A brief article that brings to the fore front the importance of teachers having adequate planning and preparation time to ensure that instruction is effective and meaningful. It brings out strategies on the part of the teachers and the administrative staff to ensure that there are more opportunities for this to occur for the benefit of everyone involved, most importantly the students.
  • Bridget Griggs, Ph. D. says:
    This is a blog from a fellow teacher. Just like our students, there is power in hearing feedback and tips from peers. We speak the same language, share similar experiences, and can see where the others are coming from when they provide information. Amber provides several tips to show you easy ways to bring more time into your school day that can be used to prepare for lessons, have meetings, or do the housekeeping that needs to be done on a daily or weekly basis. I hope this was helpful.
  • Bridget Griggs, Ph. D. says:
    When I was teaching in the K-12 arena, one of my favorite times - outside of working with the students of course - was thoughtfully collaborating with my colleagues and brainstorming how we could work together and make ourselves, our students, and our school more effective. If planning time is taken away, however, this time is decreased and it also decreases these meaningful and necessary conversations. Let's use our time more effectively and productively.
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