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  • Thisisablogforsharinganykindofteachingmaterialandalsotosharesometeachingexperiences...Soenjoyandbepartofthebestteachingblog.

    beyondtheclass

    martes,5dejuliode2011

    Top5ProductivityTipsforESLTeachers

    Doyouoftenfindyourselfstrappedfortime?Evergetthefeelingyouhavespentwaytoomuchtimeonsomethingthatshouldhavebeeneasierandfastertodo?Haveyoueverthoughttherehas

    tobeanotherway,abetter,moreproductivewaytogetthisdone?Doyouwishyouhadmorefreetimetospendonahobbyorwithyourfamily?Ifyouhaveansweredanyofthesequestionswitharesoundingyes!,thenwhatyouneedarewaystoimproveyourproductivity,strategiesthatwillhelpyoumakethemostofyourtimeandallowyoutoenjoyyourclasses,freefromlastminuterushesandstress.HereareourtopproductivitytipsforESLteachers:

    1. PlaninAdvanceDoyousometimesfindyourselfmakingflashcards,printingworksheets,orfinishingpostersthenightbeforeaclass?Wouldn'titbegreatifyoucouldwakeupinthemorningandhaveyourlessonandmaterialsready,sothatallyouhavetodoisgrabyourstuffandgotoclass?Well,thisisnothardatalltoachieve!Take23hoursonceaweektoplantheweekahead.Pickoneday,say,Sundayevening,andscheduleyourplanningsession.PlanyourlessonsfortheweekANDgatherthematerialsyouwillneed.Findawaytoorganizethesematerialsthatworksbestforyou.Perhapsyoucanuseafilecabinet,andfileyourlessonplanandmaterialsforeachday,includingESLworksheets,flashcards,abookyouplantoread,evenspecialpropsorrealia.Ifyouneedtousetheschoolphotocopier,trytoscheduleonedayinwhichyoucancopyeverythingyou'llneedfortheweek.Trytoleavenothingforthelastminuteorthenightbefore.Assoonasyourereadytoheadforschool,allyouneedtodoisgrabyourmaterialsfortheday.Weguaranteeyourweekwillgobymuchsmoother!

    2. EliminateAllDistractionsIfyouonlysetasidetwohoursonSundaytoplanawholeweeksworthofESLlessons,youneedtomakethosetwohourscount.

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    Imaginethesetwohoursaresacredandessentialtoyourweeklyplanning.Ifpossible,putyourphoneonmute,andifyou'reatthecomputerdisableallincomingemailalerts.Trytoresistthetemptationtoseewhat'suponFacebook,Twitter,oranyothersocialmediasite.Theenergyandeffortyouputintothesetwohoursofplanningwillpayofflateronintheweek,whenyouhavethechancetogooutwithsomefriendsfordinnerortoamovie.

    3. PoolYourResourcesWhenyouplanaspecialholidaylesson,chancesaremostoftheotherESLteacherswillbeplanningoneaswell.Wheneveryouteachthepastsimpleorthepresentperfect,chancesareanotherteacherhasusedagreatlessonplan.Scheduleameetingwiththeotherteachersinyourschoolonceamonthtodiscussanyspecialevents,celebrationsorlessons.Thereareplentyofwebsitesthatsellpostersandstickersinbulk,sowhynotmakeabigorderforeveryone?AsagroupyoucouldcomeupwithasystemtosharegreatESLlessonplanideas,maybekeepthemonfileintheteacher'slounge.Nomanisanisland,andneitherisaclassroom.Noteachershouldhavetoworkalonewhenheorshehasthepossibilityofgainingfromothersexperience.

    4. GettoSchoolEarlyTheearlybirdcatchestheworm,andifyougettoschoolearlyenoughyoumightjustgetthephotocopiersundividedattention.Also,ifyouneedtosetupprops,posters,decoratetheclassroom,orgetvideooraudiomaterialsetup,itsbesttogetitalldonebeforeyourstudentsstarttoarrive.Youmayevenhaveenoughtimetoenjoyagoodcupofcoffeeinthepeaceandtranquilityofyouremptyclassroom.Theresnobetterwaytostartaproductiveday!

    5. TakeAdvantageofTechnologicalToolsTherearelotsoftoolsandapplicationsouttherethatareHUGEtimesavers,andwilldowondersforyourproductivity.Digitalcalendars,timers,andtodolistsallowyoutohaveeverythingyouneed,amereclickaway.Youmayreadmoreaboutthesetoolsinournextarticle,MusthaveTechnologicalToolstoIncreaseProductivity.

    Assoonasyoustartimplementingthesestrategies,youwillnoticethedifference.Followthesetips,andyouwillbeabletoschedulesometimeforYOU,tospendwithfamilyandfriends,orenjoyingyourfavoritehobby.Itdoesn'ttakeawholelotofworktobecomeahappier,moreproductiveteacher.Itjusttakessomeplanningandorganization.

    Andwhenitcomestotimesavers,dontforgetthatBusyTeacher.orgishereforyouaswell,alwaysavailabletosupplyyouwithgreatteachingtips,worksheets,andnow,easytousepuzzlecreators!

    Ifyouhaveanyproductivitytipsthatworkforyou,byallmeanssharethembelow!

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