All teachers struggle with time when it comes to conducting a lesson. I have observed worst scenarios when an observation lesson is being conducted. The teacher has plenty of stuff to handle but cannot achieve the target because of the shortage of time.
When we make a lesson plan, there is usually a column dedicated to fill in the time required for any typed activity. Naturally we all have different templates but the content is more or less the same. The motive behind designing a plan is to ensure getting more things done in less time. When teachers preplan their lessons, they need to be sure if they can accomplish all the tasks enclosed. And to achieve that, they have to write attainable goals. So, time management is a very important skill that teachers should master. By effectively managing the time, they can prioritize their work and optimize learning opportunities for students.
Time management is not only limited to the in-class aspect of teaching, it also aids you to organize your day, the classroom, prioritize your teaching content, managing the running records, so long and so forth.
For an effective lesson plan, plan and control wisely as how much time do you need to spend on specific activities. Greeting session is salient among preschoolers. Keep a song or two in your list, followed up by days of the week, months of the year, weather song, etc. I have my one consistent “Good morning to you” song which is followed up by two to three different songs every time. Then comes the main activity, may be a storytelling session, or phonics, or reading, or art and craft, etc. I invariably set simple, achievable goals and avoid falling for over doing. I normally set a time limit for the ongoing task and wind up the activity only to be continued next time. Proper lesson closure is very dear to me. We usually have five minutes to reflect upon what did we do in the class and a good-bye song.
Good time management assists you in smooth transition from one activity to another and let you to accomplish more in a shorter period of time. Time is gold and we have to be using it tactfully. William Penn quoted gold as “Time is what we want most, but what we use worst”.