Every year I try to make one year-long goal for myself. Last year I worked on organizing all my computer and paper files. This year I focused on providing better feedback to students and getting their work back to them more quickly. Next year I think I want to work on managing my planning/prep time. I've always felt like I use my prep time well, but I think it could be better. Plus, next year our school schedule might change, so teachers might have the same hours as the students (meaning no before or after school time for planning). With that in mind, I'm looking for feedback and advice from you guys. How do you manage your prep time? Do you have certain activities you do on certain days? Do you break your planning time into chunks so that you can accomplish several tasks? Here are all the things I can think of that I'll have to do during my prep: Grading, entering grades into my electronic gradebook, posting them online Writing lesson plans Preparing weekly quizzes and posting them online, one per level Preparing weekly vocab lists and posting them online, one per level Filling out athletic grade checks, once every 2-3 weeks Filling out homework requests for absent or suspended students, as needed but probably once every couple of weeks Responding to parent emails, probably about once every couple of weeks (unless I have more crazypants parents like I had this year) Contacting parents about discipline issue Straightening the classroom Straightening my desk Dropping off copy requests Checking my mailbox in the main office Other miscellaneous tasks as they arise.