This just gives a small insight into ALL of the things teachers are expected to do in front of around 37 students on a daily basis. Not to mention the fact that the teacher needs to display enthusiasm for the content, establish a safe and efficient classroom environment, and build genuine relationships with students while also managing their behavior. Before criticizing a teacher, really try to put yourself in his or her shoes. It's an amazing job that I love, but it sure isn't an easy one.
All teachers have their time savers, but this one is the most amazing ever! Last year, this teacher put everything they did that week in a labeled folder- tests, projects, the readings, vocab-everything. This year, she simply grabs the folder, tweak the lessons a little, and she's done. It saves student samples in here as well. She also puts a copy of her old lesson plans to make planning easier.
Name Map-This is a great getting to know you activity. The teacher creates one and shares it with the class. The teacher then allows the students to create their own "name map". The middle symbol represents them and then they have other symbols branching off of the center symbol that represent who they are and their interests. It also goes well after reading Chrysanthemum.