3 Ways Teachers Can Get More Done in Less Time
One Solution to Save Teacher Burnout
There are two things that happen because teachers have 100 tasks on their to-do list and not enough time to do them all. One, teacher tasks fall through the cracks and two teachers are burnt out running around all the time.
What you might not know is teaching wasn’t always this complicated. No, we should really congratulate ourselves for making teaching overly complicated on purpose.
Before the year 2000, teaching was simpler. Not easier, just simpler.
You could blame technology or the 21st century, but those would be “guesses” at the root cause of the problem.
The real culprit is the Toxic K12 Culture that has taken over and decided to strangle every last teacher to death.
Here are the Positive Results:
- Student Outcomes are at the worst levels in 2 Generations
- Everyone (teachers, students and parents) are dealing with mental health concerns
- Over 1 million teachers have been forced to quit the profession in the last 5 years
Are you clapping? I don’t see why not, the Toxic K12 Culture expects you to clap for everything and everyone inside the system.
Here’s What You Need to Know?
Teaching is supposed to be simple. The purpose of teaching is to help students learn and grow in the classroom. And the goal teachers should be striving for is to become an expert teacher.
Wait a second? That’s not what the Toxic K12 Culture wants? They don’t want teachers to become experts?
If the Toxic Culture cared about teachers, they would do everything they could to help teachers advance their careers and become experts. Instead, they force teachers to sit through 20 hours of professional development “Cheerleader” seminars and software updates that have NOTHING to do with expert teaching strategies.
Here are 3 Ways a Teacher Can Get More Done in Less Time
- Learn Expert Lesson Plan Techniques
- Create a Safe and Conducive Learning Environment
- Get Focused on Expert Teaching
Here’s how the three ways work:
First, the minute a teacher graduates from college they are an average teacher. College shows teachers how to write a lesson plan, how to teach a lesson and how to assess student learning. These are the basics of teaching, but not expert teaching.
Expert teachers know how to outline 40 weeks of lesson plans in 30 days. When a teacher knows expert lesson plan techniques, it saves them 200 hours of extra work during the school year (that’s 5 full weeks if you didn’t do the math). That’s a huge time savings and can save a teacher from burnout all on its own.
Second, when a teacher creates a safe and conducive learning environment they show students how to follow routines in class. Imagine the next time the class period begins all your students automatically know what to do? What you observe are a group of students who get out their books, pens and move to where they need to be without you saying “boo?”
Expert teachers know how to teach students how to be more independent learners and this can save teachers a lot of time and stress in the classroom.
Third, back in the 20th century teachers were focused on becoming expert teachers, not chasing the latest pop-culture trend on social media. Your job is to teach, and you can’t teach if you don’t know expert teaching strategies. Unfortunately, the toxic K12 culture wants to control you and put you in constant fear for your career and your life.
If you want to change that situation and want to help other teachers as well, you should strongly consider joining this small group of teachers who are trying to help other teachers across America become experts:
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About the Author:
D.Scott Schwartz, M.Ed. also known as “The School Doc” on social media was a journalist on radio, TV and in print before becoming a recognized expert in the field of education. “The School Doc” does consulting work now for schools and businesses that are looking to solve difficult problems. He also developed Leaf Academy, the first online school to learn 21st century skills. If you want to make more money, advance your career or fix K12 education, go to the Leaf Academy website (link in bio.)