I thought it might be nice to do a post to help people with a very precious thing...time! I hope this will go nicely with my post about advice to new teachers.
So, here goes...please give your best tip or two about saving time in the classroom or preparing for your students.
I keep 5 file folders on my desk filled with EVERYTHING I will need for the week. Each folder is labeled with a different day of the week. This is a HUGE help if I have to be gone without notice.
At the beginning of the year I put my first graders in a "line order" and it saves a lot of time because there is NO arguing about who gets to stand where. I, of course, have a line leader. I change it a little throughout the year, but I leave it alone for the most part. It's very helpful for subs too.