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Time Management in the Classroom

How Teachers Can Make The Best Use of Time Management in the Classroom

How can teachers make the best use of their time in the classroom?

Time in the classroom takes on a different meaning depending on whether you are a teacher or student, even though both result in the same goal – getting things done.

Watch the video below to see how students can improve their time management skills. 

Students can read our article on how to improve their time management skills inside and outside the classroom by clicking here.

Welcome to our kitchen to classroom series where we will look at five topics in which the kitchen inspires education. This article will focus on the importance of time management in the classroom when teaching in the years of middle school education and beyond.

Time management for teachers means giving the students enough time to get things done.

For students, time management means having the skills and time to get things done.

What are some good tips for using time in the classroom to help maximize learning?

In this article, we answer this question and present five tips to using time effectively in the classroom.

Note: our tips can be applied to the face-to-face classroom as well as the virtual classroom. 

respect between teachers and students

How to Keep Time from Kitchen to Classroom

Keeping time in mind in the kitchen means everything gets cooked or baked at the proper time and in the proper way.

It also means that everyone gets to enjoy spending their time eating a delicious meal.

time management in the kitchen

In the classroom, when students are enjoying the lesson with the teacher, time seems to fly right by. 

The true sign that a teacher has delivered a well timed out lesson is that students are left wondering where the time went!

For more benefits time brings to education, click to read more from our kitchen to classroom article.

The Benefits of Time Management

We can see why time is important in the kitchen – you get anything  you like to eat or drink done perfectly every time!

Let’s take a look at eggs for a moment. Love them or hate them, they are one meal where timing is important – especially when it comes to hard boiled eggs.

hard boiled eggs and time

Time Management Video

But there are benefits to time management in school as well. Watch our video on the importance of time management skills to find the answers!

So how do you like your eggs?

As you can see from the video, the two important benefits are that you can share more of your time with others and do more inside  the class time.

Tips to Using Time Management in the Classroom

We now look at important tips to improving your time management skills when it comes to teaching. These recommended ways don’t have to be in any particular order.

Time management is tied into three important topics in education, so now we look at the importance of time management as part of the following: 

I. Lesson Planning

It goes without saying that teachers need to come into the class prepared with what they will teach the students. 

But what keeps students interested is not so much what the teacher will teach, but how they will teach the material.  

Tip #1: Always Keep in Mind "How You Will Teach"

To start you lesson, students need to feel that there will be a clear beginning, middle, and end to the lesson. They just won’t see the end coming in an interesting lesson!

How you will teach the lesson makes the students more interested in participating. 

lesson plan checklist

The best way to approach this is to break up the lesson into different timed activities. 

Students shouldn’t be kept sitting in one way for the entire duration of the class time. They need to move around as often as possible.

II. Classroom Management

Classroom management strategies work best with older students when they are involved with the decision making process as to how the classroom will be run.

Including students when establishing classroom rules, extension activities, and discipline strategies gives students a sense of autonomy – which gives them a sense of freedom. 

Tip #2: Allow Students to Recognize Their Freedom

Avoid issues with classroom management by having students understand that there are two important “times”  in the class. 

Yes! The “times” are “teacher time” and “independent time”!

The different labels tell students that there are certain times when they can and can’t ask to leave the classroom.


When students know that they have “independent” time in the classroom, they will feel like they have more freedom.

III. Discipline Strategies

When students help to establish rewards and consequences for controlling negative behavior., they will show more respect to all.

But how should teachers deal with students who show disruptive behavior?

Tip #3: Allow Students to Time to Reflect

They should ask the students to reflect on their own behavior and how it impacts on others. 

How should students reflect? 

 The teacher could have a discussion with the class if many students were impact or could ask students to write down their reflection if parents need to get involved.

problems with learning

Both teachers and students need to be aware that their behavior may have impacts on other students.

We would hope all behavior in class makes for positive impacts, but we must also know how to deal with negative impacts to studnets as well. 

Time Management Activities

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Free Resources to Help with Time Management

Click on the link below to download your free copy of our classroom management guide to help keeping the classroom running smoothly. Read on to find related topics on our website when it comes to teaching. 

Whether teaching in the normal or “traditional” classroom or “online” classroom, discipline strategies must be part of any classroom management system. 

Click here to find more information for teaching online.  

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