Do you have that 5 minutes of spare time between your online classes?
Do you not think its enough time?
This post is going to talk about managing that 5 minutes. I find 5 minutes is not a long time. I can’t do most things in 5 minutes, because I take a long time to do things and it simply flies by so fast! However despite it not being enough time I have managed to figure out what to do in 5 minutes!
Before I even start class I have all my class materials lined up and ready for me to go. Sometimes I teach many different classes in a 4 hour period. I keep all the different lesson materials in a coloured folder. I put them in order of what classes I am teaching and they are to my right easy to grab or put away. This way I am not running around trying to find lesson materials in the 5 minutes between class. After class I put the materials back into a special box either for animals, fruit, vegetables, food, clothing, and miscellaneous. Organization is the key for me to survive that 5 minutes.
After being able to switch my materials over, or reorganize the materials for the next class, I take that remaining time before my next class to write the students memos from that previous lesson. This gives me about 4 minutes. During the class I have made notes about the students performance (positive and negative) making it possible to write their reports so quickly. Then its time for the camera to turn back on.
I am not a robot and sometimes a bathroom break is necessary. In that case I switch my materials or reorganize them, and run off to the bathroom and come back. Then I would make a note to go back after my teaching block is done to do those students memos. Time management is important so you must remember that. It does not benefit the student or you to be late to class. To ensure the most of your five minutes before class make sure you:
- Eat a meal(your class block is long make sure you eat something significant so your belly isn’t rumbling)
- Go to the bathroom
- Organize your material (both online and physical material)
- Grab your glass of water for your desk (this prevents you having to run to the kitchen on your break for a drink)
You can do a lot in 5 minutes if you stay on top of things and stay organized!