Teaching is considered as one of the noblest and busiest professions of all time. A teacher can never have free time, possibly having so many classes to teach and preparing notes for them. In their little leisure time, educators can maximize their resources and knowledge. They can take up new courses, make lesson plans and notes for the syllabus, etc.
There is never a destination in the journey for knowledge. Teachers dive into the ocean of knowledge and let students indulge in it. Educators have so little time for themselves that they want to utilize to the maximum.
There is an endless list of amazing things teachers do, and in their spare time, they can boost their skills and improve themselves in many aspects. By utilizing their free time, teachers can see growth in both personal and professional life:
A few of the productive tips for busy teachers are:
- Inspire from real-life feedback:
Every educator learns about their teaching style and drawbacks from knowing the opinion of the students. From a diverse group of students, there’s also diversity in views. Take their opinion as a learning factor and start working on it. A friendly and learning classroom atmosphere is obtained only when both teachers and students work on it.
Student feedback can also help in changing your teaching methodology. Novelty as an element in the classroom quenches the thirst of students for knowledge. Take open feedback from your student and understand it with a positive mind. As a teacher, you’ll never be able to learn all worldly and educational knowledge. Accept your flaws and work towards being the most amazing teacher ever!
- Be creative with teaching and learning:
A raw, boring lecture never excites the student or you as an educator. Instead of sticking to the only syllabus and bookish knowledge, start trying new ways to approach students. Drift off the topic with a relevant subject, add interesting facts and discoveries, and color code details while teaching on a board to the class; a little effort to change the everyday teaching style can be productive to you and your students.
Technology in the 21st century has made teaching and learning innovative and comfortable. Rekindle the students’ fire for diving into the ocean of knowledge by using the technology in efficient ways. In this process of indulging students into the passion for searching for learning, you’ll be quenching your thirst for knowledge.
- Apply digital tools in the game of learning:
As we advance towards technology and development, there is a wave of digital tools created to enhance classroom teaching. Embrace these digital tools, learn how to use them, and implement them in your classes while you are teaching.
Digital tools help make the educational classes enjoyable. At the same time, there is a lot of scope for learning and growth. For technology-oriented educators, these tools are a boon.
Educators who crave knowledge know there’s no stop for their educational ride. With digital tools being used in the classroom, educators and students get a knack for studying and enjoying it.
- Make notes for your classes beforehand:
It seems to be simple, but this will help you dive into the topic and learn something important. Most of the lessons taught for the students or learnt by the educators before stick to only the topic’s surface. We focus on learning basics and definitions so much that you as an educator forget the subject’s essence.
Forget about the basics; make notes for everything that a student needs to know. Make the student fall in love with the subject by creating notes covering the entire essentials of the topic. Generate the spark of curiosity in the students.
Even in your busy schedules of making notes and presenting them, use it to explore the topic for your benefit. It makes creating lesson plans super fun, plus you’re re-learning and falling in love with your subject again. Beautiful, isn’t it?
- Make time for yourself:
Sometimes one can enhance their productivity by taking periodic breaks and have a rest. It might be true that there’s never an end to learning, but you need to take a break once in a while to breathe and be yourself. It is important to consider yourself as a priority. Being an educator is tiresome and stressful. Do not let it affect your health in any way.
Have an 8 hour of sound sleep, eat three meals per day, and indulge in self-care. Your professional life should not affect your personal life. A well-rested and calm mind is more open to growth and learning, unlike a stressful person.
- Divide your work:
Not every work designated to you has to have your complete attention and time. Divide your work into two types according to the estimated scale of time-taking. During your leisure time, focus on the easy and less-time taking job, so that after the completion of that work, you can take time yourself.
Being productive is not about time management. It is about using your energy wisely and efficiently.
- The two-minute rule:
This is an exciting approach to learn or do your work. Any work that can be done is less than two minutes should be right away. This way, you can complete all the small tasks initially and aim for more challenging tasks at the end. It’ll prepare you to work with undivided focus, and while you’re at a big job, you don’t have to worry about doing the small tasks.
When the energy is scattered in multiple ways, it makes you tiresome. Instead of scheduling your work in a disorderly manner, sort out your job to manage your energy levels.
Teachers and educators contributed to society by polishing students’ mindsets. As a teacher, be productive and be kind to yourself. You are important, loved, and unique. We appreciate your presence and want you to take as many breaks as you can. Do something that you’ve never done but always wanted to do. Grow and learn along with your students and colleagues.