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The Red Ink Myth

The Red Ink Myth

Juila G. Thompson | Teaching

How to Manage Your Time at School So That Your Life Is Not Consumed by Grading Papers

•Create routines to make your workdays predictable and manageable.

•Ask your colleagues for suggestions when you create lesson plans. They may have plans, worksheets, activities, or other ideas to share with you.

•Research the Internet for lesson ideas, worksheets, and other helpful timesavers.

•Do a task right the first time so that you don’t have to redo it.

•If you can share a time-consuming task with colleagues, you will save time, learn from their experience, and have fun, too.

•Write down things you will need to remember.

•Plan how you will use your planning time at school. If you don’t plan, those brief moments will slip away.

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•Don’t be tempted to aimlessly chat with colleagues instead of working productively in your spare time at school.

•Break a large task into smaller, manageable ones.

•Learn to schedule your work according to the times of day when your energy is high.

•Use small blocks of time. You can accomplish a lot in just a few minutes.

•If you don’t understand something, ask. If you need help, ask.

•Keep your work area uncluttered and organized so you don’t have to search for misplaced items.

•Don’t overextend yourself.

•No matter how busy you are, take a moment to enjoy your students.

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