What is something you spend a TON of time preparing, but now you know better?

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  1. StudentTeach

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    What is something you spent a TON of time preparing, but now you know better?

    For example, last summer I created my first class syllabus (for HS) and it was six pages long. It took me HOURS and DAYS and didn't even include a calendar of studies -- just procedures, rules, etc.

    Then I came to school and saw most other teachers had a one page syllabus front and back. Oops. I spent an exorbitant amount of time on it and the kids had to be reminded 39573753458 times what was in it anyway!

    Another time-waster was typing up all my students' names in a seating chart before the first day of school. I didn't anticipate add-ons, drops, and all other factors that would interfere with the arrangement.

    Many of my procedures and rules were things I was trying for the first time and didn't know how they would work in my actual room since I'm a first year. What I've learned: never make a rule or procedure you can't enforce or keep up with! ;)

    So... what are some things you've done this year or over the years that you know better now not to do, or to wait to do?
     
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  3. crunchytxmama

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    I used to check homework for correctness. Oh my goodness, it took me hours. I used to feel like, if I gave the kids a paper, then I needed to be responsible for checking it over and commenting on it. Never mind that the kids never look at my comments. Towards the end of the year, I started having the students check their own homework, and then having them throw it away. My paper stack of things to look at was literally cut in half.
     
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    Making any centers/activities, buying resource books. A lot of time I don't even use what I will spend hours making.
     
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    I have a ridiculous amount of resource books. Many of them are at home. I took them home last summer to look at and they never made it back to school. Lugging them around and looking at them was time and energy wasted!
     

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