Top 5 Teacher Time Savers

No matter what time of the year it is, teachers are always busy.  Here are some of my favorite time saving TPT products and ideas:

1: Print-and-Go centers/games from some of my new favorite sellers! My newcomers need a lot of reinforcement with basic counting, cardinality, and addition concepts.  They also need something they can do independently that is not direction-heavy.  Tall order, I know.  However, I have found a few things that work for them.  I am loving printing just one copy of each page and sliding them into clearboards- takes just a few minutes and no cutting/laminating.  Here's what we've been using:

2. Math fact practice:  It's Xtra Math!  Are you using it? If not, go check it out right now! It's free, kid-friendly, ELL friendly, and gives students the extra reinforcement in facts and mental math that they desperately need.

3. Anything I can do on my interactive whiteboard! We are a paperless school, so I love the Daily Fix It- I assign my students a sentence and they go to town finding the errors and correcting them, right from the board- no paper at all!

4. Picture prompts: In my room when we do picture prompt writing, we use the following format, which I save on my desktop and just project on the board.

Each kid writes individually, then they share with the class. They can take that information and turn it into a story later, but the sentence frames really help them organize their ideas.

5: A PLN: Don't have one? Get one.  A professional learning network can give you ideas and tips that will help you through any classroom challenge. I have met so many amazing teachers through blogging and TPT and am so thankful to them for their ideas and inspiration.

ESL Teaching Quotes, Brad Henry, Inspiration

I'm so thankful to have learned so much about being a better teacher from new friends around the world and country over the past year.

1 comment:

  1. Great post! That QR Writing Prompt Cube looks like a lot of fun. I am officially hooked on QR codes, and all thanks to you! I cannot wait to see the results of your survey. That will be really interesting. I definitely agree that being involved and interacting with others on blogs and TPT has made me a better teacher, and that is something I am definitely thankful for!

    Eclectic Educating


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