On this episode of Teaching Middle School ELA, Caitlin and Jessica discuss the challenges that teachers face in fitting everything into their class periods. They share four strategies that can help teachers become more confident and in control of their lessons. They also offer tips for prioritizing responsibilities and time management to avoid burnout. This episode is part of a series focused on professional development for middle school ELA teachers, and listeners won’t want to miss the information shared about several programs and resources that EB Academics offers to support teachers.
Tune in now to hear:
- [00:00:59] Caitlin and Jessica welcome listeners to the podcast and invite them to attend a free professional development event. This episode focuses on how to teach everything in less time without sacrificing sanity, addressing the struggle of meeting the diverse needs of students within a limited class period.
- [00:05:41] Four actionable tips shared to help teachers teach all the content they need to in a limited timeframe.
- [00:07:49] Caitlin and Jessica suggest using intentional bell work in the first few minutes of class to review standards and make the most of class time.
- [00:12:16] Another tip shared is to use the standards as a guide for lesson planning. By focusing on the standards, teachers can eliminate unnecessary lessons and reduce workload. EB Academics provides standards checklists to help track student progress and mastery, and these checklists can be found through the EB Teachers Club or the free PD workshop in June.
- [00:19:43] Caitlin and Jessica recap their tips for fitting everything in during an ELA class period.
- [00:24:20] Don’t miss the upcoming episode on transforming teaching and student learning through curriculum organization.
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