As a response to the 40 Hour Workweek Club thread, I figured as a collective of pretty efficient teachers, we probably have a lot of time-saving tips already that someone could use without paying for and having to sit through that program. Let's share them in this thread. Here are mine and the somewhat obvious ones: - Don't grade everything. I grade one or two things a week. I collect all of their work, but I only pick one or two things to grade at random. If they did all of their other work, but didn't do that assignment, they still lose out on points. - Stamp things (or check them) Instead of entering things into the grade, I still need to give feedback for homework, so I just have kids pass up their assignments and stamp or check them for completion. You can do a system like 2 stamps is fully complete, 1 stamp is halfway done, and 0 stamps is not done at all. Or a similar check, check plus, check minus system. I use stamping for everything. - Grade Packets At the end of the week, I have had students count up their stamps (or the points their checks are worth) and staple all of their work together and write the total on the front. A quick flip through on some packets where their honesty is a little in doubt keeps them honest (if they lie, they get a zero). All I have to do is look at the front and plug in a number into a grade book. Easy. On the pages I haven't checked (because I can't check or stamp everything) I've sometimes had them self-assess and give themselves a check, check plus, or check minus based on how well they think they did. Homework in my classroom is only worth 15% of the grade, so if they fudge a little on their self-assessments, it isn't a big deal to me, but for the most part they are often completely honest and sometimes too harsh on themselves. - Peer-Grading I used to do 5 question weekly quizzes that I had students switch, and peer grade putting the number on the top, again, reducing my grading to just looking for a number and entering it. - Digital Quizzes My quizzes now are mostly digital and I use apps like Quizziz, which gives students immediate feedback, I can give them daily with ease, and they produce easy to read and enter reports that I just plug into the grades. The kids also love them. Especially my special needs students. - Go Home! Go home at contract time or a little after contract time. When I stayed way too late, I found that my productivity was so low anyway that I might as well be sitting at home and being unproductive in front of the TV and spending time with my BF anyway. It does wonders for your mental health too. - Other alternative grading methods For writing and projects, I used to grade using letter grades. I had a rubric in my head of what I was looking for and can easily tell whether a project was A, B, C, D, or F work, and just gave them a letter grade. You can also do this with a real 1-4 rubric and give the students the rubric ahead of time if you want to. - Steal things! Be a shameless thief. Steal all the curriculum you can get. Before you start to write your own materials, do a quick google search and more than likely, you'll be able to find something very close to what you're looking for that someone else has made. Even if you need to change it to suit your own needs, it's easier than creating things from scratch. Ask your colleagues for things they've already made. - Don't go to every meeting. I'm not a "good boy" anymore, like I was when I first started teaching. I totally skip out on meetings when I realize that it's likely that there will be no repercussions to it. - Prioritize Sometimes you have to prioritize entire courses that you teach. For instance, I teach 5 sections of one class and 1 section of the other. I've decided that the 1 section that I teach is really not a priority for me. I have to do a lot of curriculum building and planning for my 5-section class, so for my 1-section class, I literally just bought curriculum on TeachersPayTeachers* for the entire year, and am resolute in just following it. It really has reduced my stress knowing that entire section is completely planned for. *In my case I had to purchase curriculum, because at my school, the teaching for this course is so disjointed that no one has set curriculum that is easily shareable for them and everyone is doing something different anyway, so if you can get away with getting free curriculum from a colleague first, do that. It wasn't feasible in my case. There are a lot of other things that I do that help me save time, but I can't think of them right now or they're things that don't constitute good teaching (like skip collaborating and work alone when it's clear that PLC time is completely unproductive). I'll come back and share when I do remember them. I also still work more than 40 hours a week, but I'm doing way better than I was in my first year when I was probably doing 80 hours a week. This year is stressful for me because I'm in a new school teaching a new, as-of-yet completely unplanned curriculum, with a new grade level, so my work time has definitely shot up since last year, but last year, my work-life balance was amazing. In the meantime, please share your time-saving tips here .