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Self Check Techniques

Analyze Your Time

One technique you can use to examine your teaching is to analyze the amount of time you allot for different teaching tasks. Keeping track of the amount of time you spend on various aspects of teaching (e.g., planning lessons, introducing materials, assessing outcomes, etc.) can lend insight into what you tend to emphasize, and what is of less import.

Tips for analyzing your time

  • Prepare in advance a form to keep track of your time. You might divide the form into 10 or 15 minute increments, and/or list the teaching tasks that you'll be looking for.
  • Keep your form (or even just a pad of paper) close at hand during the time you're accounting for.
  • Whether you choose to analyze a lesson, a unit, or even an entire day, you might want to do it more than once and look for patterns.

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