I've been on maternity leave this semester, loving the time I get to bond with our first child. As I think toward next semester, I'm working toward preparing for classes more effectively than I ever have before. I'm going to be teaching a full load and want to also continue to invest lots of time in our son's life.
One way I can become more efficient is to build checklists as I prepare, to make future class prep faster. Those of you who are interested in learning how to develop checklists should read the book The Checklist Manifesto. It is a fantastic description of the difference they can make in our lives and how to build great ones.
The Chronicle's ProfHacker recently reposted a link to one of their author's end-of-semester checklist, which I found to be helpful.
What are you doing to prepare for next semester's classes? Are there any checklists you find help you be more successful?
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