Teacher Tip

Computers and Time

Does a computer save time?  As a teacher, I consider the value of my time vs. the value of the product.  I’m convinced not everything has to be a computer generated product. 

Letters to parents:  Which can you produce faster–handwritten or typed?  My daughter’s fourth grade teacher hand wrote a letter for parents every Friday.  Endearing.   The mom in me loved the handwritten letters, but the teacher in me can type faster.

Class Lists:    Class lists are a necessity and thank-you to computers for making this task neat, quick and useful .  Type student’s names; keep a fresh stack handy for yourself, for substitutes and for specialists who appreciate the organization.

Worksheets:  Try creating a worksheet by hand first.  Then, if the activity proves effective, convert it on the computer. 

Lesson Plans:  I’ve tried it both ways–hand written in a plan book and computer generated sheets.  It’s a draw:  creating computer lesson plans is all-consuming at first, but later saves time. 

LESSON:  UTILIZE COMPUTERS TO SUPPORT YOUR WORKLOAD, NOT INCREASE IT.

Question:  How do you effectively manage computers and time? Please share a comment.

 

 

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