Now that I've gotten your attention with that terrible title...

The Mathematical Association of America used to regularly run a column called Teaching Time Savers, an archive of which can be found here: http://www.maa.org/programs/faculty-and-departments/curriculum-department-guidelines-recommendations/teaching-and-learning/teaching-time-savers

These articles offer tips on things like:

  • How to reduce time spent grading
  • How to influence students to study in a more effective manner
  • Advice for streamlining the writing of recommendation letters

Note that many (most?) of these tips are not specific to a mathematics course.

Are there any other collections of such articles floating around the web?

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    Like McKeachies Teaching Tips but you want it for free? – earthling Apr 4 '15 at 9:30
  • @earthling Thanks for bringing this book to my attention! But free is certainly preferable. – Jeff Apr 4 '15 at 13:19
  • Tips like How to improve your teaching evaluations? – Sander Heinsalu Apr 16 '15 at 7:08
  • I'm really looking for things that make typical teacher duties (grading, office hours, etc) more efficient. Thanks, though. – Jeff Apr 16 '15 at 12:44
  • This is probably much broader than the scope you're looking for, but I'm try to learn David Allen's Getting Things Done approach. The GTD Web site has some general principles, although they'll make more sense with the book in hand. It's not teaching-oriented but would probably make teachers more effective. – Philip Apr 25 '15 at 17:29

You will have to search inside it for which tactics affect time efficiency, but "Tools for Teaching" by Barbara Gross Davis is a great compendium of pedagogical techniques, with citations to the research which justifies them. The main focus is doing it better, not doing it faster, but an astute reader can for sure find useful tricks in there.

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