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, 2015 at 9:30
  • @earthling Thanks for bringing this book to my attention! But free is certainly preferable.
    – Jeff
    Apr 4, 2015 at 13:19
  • Tips like How to improve your teaching evaluations? Apr 16, 2015 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, 2015 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, 2015 at 17:29

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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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