Teaching Strategies: Make the Most of Your Day

Most adults are strapped with the daily conundrum of having too much to do and not enough time to do it. And it’s even worse for teachers, who are known to make 1500 decisions throughout the course of a normal teaching day.

With that in mind, frequent TeachHUB.com (and TeachHUB Magazine) contributing writer Janelle Cox, who is also a veteran educator based on the East Coast, takes a look at the various teaching strategies that allow educators to regain control of their busy days.

Janelle’s ideas include:

  • Create Procedures
  • Divide and Conquer
  • And More!

Here’s how Janelle ends today’s centerpiece article: “Try a few of these tips out and see for yourself how your time will slowly begin to free up. If you start utilizing these teaching strategies early in the year, then you will see how much time you can really spent on the important stuff, like instructional l time with your students.”

How do you make the most of your workday? Do you have any teaching strategies that you would like to share with us?

Teaching Strategies to Involve Parents

One of the best time-tested ways to build up the academic abilities of students is by creating teaching strategies that engage parents. When mom or dad (or both) gets actively involved in the classroom setting, it almost always leads to report card success. The publication School Community Journal even acknowledges, "There is a sizable body of research literature supporting the involvement of parents in educational settings and activities."

Of course, getting parents involved in your class is no easy task. But recently on TeachHUB.com, frequent contributing writer Jacqui Murray, who is also a technology teacher, outlines several ways that educators can engage parents in their classroom goings-on, including:

   Create a family-friendly environment
   Hold parent classes
   Communicate with parents
   And more!

Overall, Jacqui notes that in addition to their classroom roles and teaching strategies, teachers need to be parent resources and that they need to be accessible to them.

How do you involve parents in your classes? How successful is this effort?