Have you ever felt like you could perform magic in that classroom of yours if you either had more time or fewer students? I've definitely dreamt about both. I don't see either necessarily happening, at least for myself. In light of this, I like to teach with a sense of urgency as recommended by my all-time favorite teacher guru, Regie Routman.
Last year a new teacher in my building came to me one day and told me she'd noticed how quickly I get my kids in from recess and transitioned into learning. She'd even done the math and figured I created about 20 extra minutes of teaching time each day because of that one strategy. I hope it's okay I shared that. I don't mean to pat myself on the back but to make the point that every minute does count and they might be found in unexpected places. Sometimes we can tighten things up when we're searching for more minutes to teach all that's on the agenda.
What do you think about these little nuggets?
Recently I found these great thoughts by way of a short and sweet, but powerful blog post titled "Maximize Your Time." (Click on the graphic below to read it. I'd highly recommend it.)
During your visit, you'll also be able to read an excellent pdf about maximizing time, which is where the quotes above came from. It's a great resource that you'll definitely want to check out. (If you have troubles tracking down the pdf link, just holler.)
I believe that maximizing time, especially in my transitions, is so important that I even incorporate them into my weekly lesson plans. Go here if you're interested in reading about that. I hope something here has helped you track down a few unexpected but handy minutes of your own.