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If you are a multiple prep teacher, you know how difficult it can be to manage different classes. All with the same amount of planning and preparation time as a single-prep teacher.
In this article, we will explore the importance of systems and how they can help you save time and work smarter, not harder.
Why Systems are Important for Multiple Prep Teachers
As a multiple prep teacher, you need to have systems in place to make your life easier. When you are constantly switching between classes, it can be challenging to keep everything organized and stay on track.
Systems allow you to automate some of the thinking and planning, giving you more time to focus on teaching and engaging with your students.
The Three Places to Add Systems as a Multiple Prep Teacher
To maximize your time and minimize your workload, you should add systems to three areas: planning, teaching, and administrative tasks.
1. Planning for Multiple Prep Teachers
The first area where you should add systems is planning. There are two lenses to consider when it comes to planning: the how and the what.
The “how” of planning refers to the process of planning. You can create templates for unit planning, lesson planning, or any other type of planning that you need to do.
These templates can be simple or more detailed, depending on your preferences. The goal is to have a system in place that makes planning faster, easier, and more straightforward.
The “what” of planning refers to what you are going to teach. You can think about your lessons as lesson types and create templates for each type. This will help you plan more efficiently and create a resource library based on the different types of lessons you like to use.
2. Teaching As a Multiple Prep Teacher
The second area where you should add systems is teaching. Having systems and routines in place can help you roll out content and engage with your students.
Use protocols like “think-pair-share”, “gallery walk”, or “fishbowl” to help students learn different concepts. These protocols and strategies will help you teach more effectively and create a more engaging classroom environment.
3. Administrative Tasks As a Multiple Prep Teacher
The third area where you should add systems is administrative tasks. Unfortunately, there are always administrative tasks that need to be done, regardless of what you are teaching.
But, you can create systems and processes to make these tasks easier and more manageable. This might include creating checklists, using project management tools, or delegating tasks to others.
Creating systems for success is an essential part of being a multiple prep teacher. By automating some of the thinking and planning, you can maximize your time and minimize your workload.
Focus on the three areas of planning, teaching, and administrative tasks. And remember to reassess your systems regularly to ensure they are working for you. With these systems in place, you can work smarter, not harder, and create a more engaging and rewarding teaching experience for yourself and your students.
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