Teachers can fall into several time-wasting traps, including writing on the board for students to copy, passing out or collecting papers and ineffectively transitioning from one activity to another, writes Texas high-school principal and consultant Ben Johnson. In this blog post, Johnson offers ways that teachers can beat the clock, such as the "jigsaw method," in which the teacher has students collaborate to maximize their time, as well as using rubrics and previewing academic vocabulary and pre-assessing for students' understanding.

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