Teachers workload is too much. One contributing factor to this is that they tend to spend more time creating content and resources than actually teaching the children. Too much planning effects teacher wellbeing. We always strive to make sure our lessons are as engaging as possible but finding the happy medium between engaging resource lessons and a work life balance can be challenging.
Flexible resources can be used in a variety of creative ways across subjects and the curriculum. By creating a bank of flexible resources overtime, you build a toolbox of engaging activities that can be used in all areas of the curriculum - saving you both time and printing credits! So here are my top five flexible resources that all teachers should have in their resource toolbox.
Whiteboard Paint or Rolls
Magnetic Spin Wheels
Large Blank Dice
By building a bank of flexible resources and activities, you save yourself time in the long run. Not only will it save you planning time, but the children will be familiar with activities and so you spend far less time explaining activities and giving instructions.
Eventually, you will get to the point where thinking of activities from what you already have becomes second nature. Remember, this does not have to be physical resources either, it could be paper based activities too. Here are a few free downloadable resources to get you started! Remember the motto - Minimum Effort, Maximum Impact!
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With a keen interest in the neuroscience and psychology of learning, WAGOLL Teaching is about sharing research alongside great, simple teaching ideas to a global teaching community.
Ben has been in education for over 10 years and is passionate about simplifying high quality teaching and learning through innovative and practical approaches in the classroom.