Classroom Management

Get More Done With the Layering Technique

Layering is a technique you can use to get two things done at once, but it’s much better than multitasking. With multitasking, you are doing two high-level tasks at once and switching back and forth between the two. Sometimes, neither will be seen to completion.

When you layer, you are doing one high-level task (grading) while you do a lower-level task (listening to a podcast) to accomplish two things at once.

The difference is that you are able to do both fully. Another example of layering would be to work on samples (or your own art!) while your students work. This is a great way to get more into your day, and still feel like you are accomplishing something.

You can almost always find me with my earbuds in, listening to a Podcast or an audio book while I drive, do the dishes, or work. It’s one of my favorite productivity tips!


Jessica Balsley

Speaking of podcasts, if you haven’t checked out AOE LIVE yet, it’s a great way to layer, and to get a little PD in the meantime. You can listen to the show via podcast on iTunes during your commute or while you are cleaning your classroom for the end of the year.

We have new shows on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month if you want to join in live and chat with the hosts and guest. If you want a reminder when new shows air, you can click here.

What layering tips do you have?

What is your favorite lower-level task to pair with a high-level task?


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Jessica Balsley

Jessica Balsley is AOEU’s Founder and a former AOEU Writer and elementary art educator. She is passionate about helping art teachers enhance their lives and careers through relevant professional development.

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