Save Yourself Some Merry Little Minutes...

The holiday season is here and I can hardly contain the thoughts of baking cookies, shopping, wrapping gifts, and spending quality time with my loved ones.
But wait, I’m a teacher.

I don’t have any time for these things.

I have a trillion things to do!! Trimester assessments, projects, grading papers, publishing writing pieces, report cards...the list goes on and on and I can see my holiday festivity time fading fast.

Or maybe not.

Because several of my upper-elementary friends and I are hoping you will join us in sharing a list of ways we can save ourselves some merry little minutes...and free up some time to enjoy the season!

Here is one tip that has helped me so much already this month:

I know that sounds kind of obvious (or perhaps you are thinking I’m a major procrastinator).

But it works.

Take, for instance, report card comments. They’re extremely important, yet extremely time-consuming. 

And our first trimester report cards ALWAYS fall within the middle of the holiday season (mid-December, to be exact!). Every year I find myself spending hours and hours of precious holiday time typing away on comments for two days straight.

So, last year, I decided to break it down:

I write two report card comments every day, starting as soon as I can.   Two is such a modest, UNoverwhelming number, isn’t it?

Here is why I love the two comments method:

It's Quick

I can spend just a bit of time on them each evening and then put them away for the night.
It Adds Up Fast
Though two comments may seem slow, they add up really quickly. Within one school week, I already have 10 comments done!

It's Not Overwhelming
Instead of being faced with the overwhelming task of writing all of the comments in a weekend (and my subsequent avoidance tactics, such as laundry, vacuuming, and other pressing things!) the two comments is oh-so-easy to achieve in one sitting.
It Helps Me Maintain Focus
I know which two students I will be commenting about next. Which gives me all of that driving-to-work, drying-my-hair time to think about my meaningful comments, on just the two students. In all seriousness, this is very important to me. I want to make sure I have given ample time and reflection for each child.

So it sounds simple but it has worked like a charm for me...and I hope it may be of some help to you!

And here's something exciting! Many of my upper-elementary friends are also sharing their time-saving tips on their blogs:
Do you have any tips to share in regards to report card comments? 
Or other times savers? I would love to learn from you!

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