So, I did what any tech-nerd would do - I started Googling everything to see what I could find already made. Through this, I rediscovered the site TeachersPayTeachers. I found a Polynomial Long Division Scavenger Hunt along with a Quadratic Applications Gallery Walk. I also found a scavenger hunt on solving quadratics to use the week before we went into a block schedule. All in all, I spent a total of $4.50 - about as much as a latte. Instead of paying for a trip to a local coffee shop to make my own materials, I could simply download the materials and spend more time at home with my family. If you've never been to the site before, I strongly recommend you check it out and see what time you can save. The site provides a ton of great resources and you can feel good about supporting another teacher.
A couple of weeks ago, I found myself planning for our upcoming block schedule. Due to state testing, our entire bell schedule was modified to accommodate 2 hour and 5 minute periods so that we could administer the math and English PARCC test to our students. Normally, we have 55 minute periods - it would be a big adjustment for both teachers and students. Knowing this, I wanted to make sure I had activities planned that got students out of their seats and allowed a maximum amount of work time where students could practice their skills. Planning these kinds of activities, however, can take a great deal of work.
What sites do you recommend for finding teaching materials? What are other ways you've found to save time as a teacher? Be sure to leave your ideas on the comments below!
Mattea Juengel is a passionate educator dedicated to improving instruction by utilizing technology. This blog is dedicated to reflections on educational technology tools.