As all teachers know, they have been thrown to the wolves. There are big changes teachers can make and/or small adjustments that can beneficial to sanity and the effectiveness of class time. This is an empathetic approach to the forgotten teacher who has to deal with content changes, fixed time slots, grading, standards, evil youngsters, feeding, coaching, etc. It offers strategies to defrag your time and space into a more organized classroom and build a healthier work-life balance.
If you are disorganized or feeling overwhelmed due to a lack of time, here are the basics. This short list can get your class running faster, smoother, and will also lesson the mental load and educator carries. This is not quantum mechanics. This is for those educators not looking for drastic change, but may be looking to downgrade the number of therapy appointments each month.
This video is teacher gold. Immense amounts of time can be saved if educators employ the thousands of thought-out video lectures that exist on the internet. They were created to save teachers' time. Salman Khan explains in this TED Talk that not only can teachers save time and energy by assigning online lectures to watch, but they can actually deconstruct the stressful, antagonistic environment that the classroom can present to students and rebuild it into human collaboration.
Flipping the classroom can be done on a lesson to lesson basis giving educators more power and flexibility to spend more or less class time on particular lessons. A flipped lesson can be as easy as finding a video for your students to watch. You do not have to reinvent your teaching model or create something from scratch. The flipped classroom was developed as a solution to make teachers most efficient with limited class time.
This is a great article regarding time management. It is not your run of the mill... multitask during independent work, stay late two days a week, yadda yadda yadda... The point is cutting down the quantity of time so that teachers can relax and reload. This resource offers five tips that will help manage time by prioritizing essential content, not wasting time in class with repetitive assignments, and actually planning for the unplannable.
This is a great collection of short videos that can help teachers reclaim control of the classroom in what can become frustrating situations. This is a great compilation, especially the Handshake Q&A, which also builds a personal relationship between students and teachers which helps minimize classroom distractions.