“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 #19: Groupwork
Never confuse movement with action.
Have you ever planned a really great lesson and included groupwork just to make the lesson more exciting for students? Once the students enter the room, you explain the assignment and have them form groups. They fight over who they are going to choose, argue with one another, complain that they don’t like their groups, and start moving desks. Ellen accidentally bumps Pam with her chair as she is moving. Three groups are too close to one another, and one group of students is all the way in the corner and already taking out their cell phones as if this were “free time.” You think, Oh no! What have I done?
[Serena] This used to happen during my second ...