The way you use your time is the way you live your life.
Typically used in the classroom, I think that we can all use sponge activities to make the most of our time! But before I share my ideas, here’s a description of sponge activities and how they are used by teachers. This description gives an excellent overview of what sponge activities are all about:
A sponge activity is something that teachers give students to work on as they come in the room or to keep the students busy while the teacher takes care of necessary business, like taking attendance, getting the lunch count, or collecting notes and homework. Sponge activities are also useful during transition periods while the teacher needs to reteach several students or to nudge someone into finishing. They are the activities or assignments that are made to “soak up” those wasted minutes when students may otherwise get out of control.
Sponge activities can be used to refocus students on something they have previously learned. For example, “Use your textbooks to write down the names of the three explorers that we talked about yesterday and when they explored.
Or they might be something like a puzzle, question, or a problem to solve that is used to challenge students and keep them busy while the teacher takes care of his/her required paper work. You might challenge your class to a question a day like, “Why is the sky blue?” It gives students a chance to make suppositions about something they will (or may) study later.
So, you are probably thinking, “That’s interesting, but what does it have to do with me and my time?”
Well, how about developing some sponge activities for yourself? They can be a big help when you are shifting gears between tasks, for example:
I suggest also creating a collection of tasks that can be done quickly and ticked off your To-Do List in the time you have between larger tasks. These tasks should be easy to complete – and they have the added boon of offering a sense of accomplishment that can be energizing (especially when working on longer-term projects).
You’ll create your own list, but the tasks shouldn’t take more than 5-minutes and might include things like:
Do sponge activities sound like something you’d use? Or have you already incorporated them into your time management repertoire?
What kinds of activities do you use? We’d love to hear!
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