It's something we're always looking for as teachers. Something always holding us back.
We never seem to have enough of it. If we had more of it, we could get more done and do more for our students.
What if we could change our practices in some key areas and buy back some minutes, hours -- even days -- to do more?
Finding those ways to optimize our efficiency was the topic of our recent #DitchBook chat! I'm sure you'll benefit from the ideas as much as we did.
Scroll down to find:
- Lesson planning time savers
- Feedback and assessment time saving tips
- A copyable Wakelet collection of time saving tools
- Links to more time saving resources from Ditch That Textbook
Lesson planning time savers
Use a lesson planning template.
A1: I use a template. Even though I’ve been teaching 20+ years I still like detail in my lesson plans. So my template includes those required language and content objectives and all the other elements that make the lesson. It’s like my lesson map #ditchbook https://t.co/2XO27w49xH— Jennifer Valero (@valeroflips) January 17, 2020
Organize your Google Drive folders by unit.
A1: I organize all of my files into Drive folders broken down into each unit. This makes it easy to find what I created last year. I also make changes after teaching the lesson so it’s ready to go the next time. #ditchbook— Emily Glastetter (@GlastetterSci) January 17, 2020
Use HyperDoc lesson templates to plan.
Create a calendar in an editable, sharable Google Doc.
A1: I make lesson plans on a calendar I create in a Google Doc. I can link activities, update easily when we have snow days, and share it with others. I look back over previous years all the time to see what worked and make adjustments. #ditchbook— Mandi Tolen (@MandiTolenEDU) January 17, 2020
Utilize revision history to review previous lessons.
A1: love using revision history to name yearly version of files. Also using Google sheets to plan out daily plans for the year #DitchBook— Mike Mohammad (@Mo_physics) January 17, 2020
Time saving tips for assessment and feedback
Use color coded activities for quick assessments.
Have students give one another feedback with Google Forms.
A2: I realized I could save time giving feedback by having students give feedback to each other using #GoogleEdu forms and also an addon called #kaizena @KaizenaHQ for writing feedback @DitchThatTxtbk #Ditchbook— Christina Nunez (@TechnicallyTina) January 17, 2020
Use Seesaw to give feedback and acknowledge work.
A2: #googleclassroom for assigning work. @Seesaw for instant feedback. Even if I can’t give a full comment, I can like Ss’ work which shows them I’ve seen it, bcos sometimes too tired to write a long post. Best of all for me is 1:1. Nothing beats having conversations #ditchbook— Omoyemwen Ngei (@BecStyne) January 17, 2020
Utilize comments in Google Docs and Slides to give ongoing, targeted feedback.
Utilize embedded Google Classrooms features to save time.
A2: i love making copies for each student in Google Classroom. I also find that having multiple classrooms for different groups makes it easier to differentiate #DitchBook— Dylan Borkowski (@DylanBorkowski) January 17, 2020
A2: @GoogleClassroom saves me tons of time assigning work less trips to the copy machine! Also, the hashtag feature in the comment bank saves tons of time when giving Ss feedback on written work like captions, conclusions, & graphs. #ditchbook https://t.co/ZEg32ezCwp— Vicki (@33heupel) January 17, 2020
A2. Love using google classroom private comments or feedback in Ss work. I am able to have virtual conversations!! I also tell Ss not to resolve the comments so we have a record of growth. #ditchbook https://t.co/q8ifMKxekF— Rayna Freedman (@rlfreedm) January 17, 2020
A2: Google Classroom's grading platform is super efficient, so I really made some heavy use of it. The ability to customize feedback, yet still have that "stack of papers" feel (although digitally) is perfect! #ditchbook— Evan Mosier (@emosier3) January 17, 2020