“This book is exactly what busy teachers need! I found so many tips and strategies to streamline all the busyness of planning, grading, collaborating, interacting with parents, engaging students, and even the layout of the classroom. What a joy to read!” Janel Meehan English Language Arts Teacher, Grades 6 and 7 San Diego Unified School District San Diego, CA Gain more productive time in each day! Real talk about managing time, reducing stress, and avoiding teacher burnout. Do you love teaching but feel overwhelmed by getting it all done? Effective time management skills transform teacher confidence and morale, energize and engage students, and improve the learning climate of a classroom—for both you and your students. Time management directly relates to classroom management, your personal sanity, and your overall quality of life inside and outside of the classroom. Time management experts Serena Pariser and Edward F. DeRoche are here to help you reduce stress and find more time in your day with short, practical time management strategies that can greatly improve your classroom learning environment and your mental health. Weaving wellness research with classroom-tested tips and tricks on everything from lesson planning to grading to meeting the needs of individual students, Real Talk About Time Management includes · 35 practical, teacher-proven strategies for saving time and setting personal boundaries · Stories and vignettes from educators about proactive time management adjustments that worked · Real anecdotes from new teachers about the challenges of time management · “Your Turn” questions after every strategy that invite personal reflection and strategic planning Students deserve teachers who are energized, optimistic, and in control of the daily grind while still having the energy and time to foster meaningful connections. Develop proactive habits for managing time and give your best self to your students.
Chapter #1: Ask Yourself Questions
Ask Yourself Questions
If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on the solution, I would spend the first fifty-five minutes determining the proper question to ask, for once I know the proper question, I could solve the problem in less than five minutes.
As teachers, we are persistent question askers. We ask questions every day in our classroom when we are checking on our students’ behaviors and seeking to discover what they are learning. Questions guide us to understand what our students know and comprehend and help us decide where we need to go from there. They help us unpack what is going on inside the students’ minds.
Let’s apply this art of asking questions to ourselves ...