Time Chunking: Survival Tips for Busy Teachers

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  • Angela Hade Harris

    Since I started time chunking for Report Cards, my stress levels have lessened and I spend about a tenth of the time on them. Instead of doing bits and pieces over a protracted fortnight or 3 weeks, I set aside one day the weekend before they are due and I work like a demon with no distractions to get the task done in one day. I turn off the TV, put my phone in another room and send the family out for the day. Then I work solidly for 45 minutes then a 15 minute break. During my break I usually have a cup of tea, something to eat, do something I enjoy like knitting, watching a favourite TV show or go for a walk and get some fresh air etc. I find I can usually get them done in 4 to 6 hours. It's a big day but so much better to lose only one day then 2 or 3 weekends and several evenings. I'm less stressed because i don't even allow myself to think about them until that day. My prep is ensuring I have all my grades spreadsheets and student notes organised and I am good to go with comment writing, and entering data. It is amazing how much you can do when you work with a singular focus!

    • Cassie (Teach Starter)

      Hi Angela, Yes! It really is surprising just how much of a difference this approach to working can make! Marking and reporting are definitely the "easiest" kinds of tasks to complete using this approach. Thank you for taking the time to comment and share your real-world experience with time chunking too! Kind regards, Cassie (Teach Starter)

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