If you know me then you know that I'm all about getting time back in the day and using my time productively. I use strategies such as calendar blocking, scheduling in everything, using calendars, and setting reminders. I'm always looking to inform my practice and share what I know with the future teachers in my life. So, when Corwin provided me with the book, "Real Talk About Time Management: 35 best practices for educators" written by Serena Pariser and Edward Deroche I had to check it out!
First, let me say that I enjoyed the ease of this book. Pariser and Deroche provided real examples, practical advice, and resources every step of the way. I particularly enjoyed the questions and activities at the end of each section. The authors divided the book into four sections and provided several time management strategies into each section. I am going to share a few of my favorite strategies from each of the sections.
Section 1- Time management mindset
Strategy 6 -Am I scraping the right car?
be intentional with the time you have at school
build relationships with students
prepare for lessons
get ahead as much as you can
Strategy 7 - Watch your water cooler
Be mindful of your energy leaks
Don't overcommit to things
Bring healthy snacks and lunches so you stay energized throughout the day
Check your email 2 or 3 times a day and schedule it!
Section 2 - Planning
Strategy 12 - Meetings
Two types of meetings - formal and informal
formal meetings have agendas to keep on task and focused
share necessary action steps
informal meetings are called for a specific purpose
be intentional with your time at informal meetings.
Strategy 15 - cellphones, emails, and social media oh my!
no multitasking friends!
select a time to check email, social media, and text messages
set aside time to answer email messages thoughtfully
Section 3 - At School
Strategy 19 - Group work
consider how you will group the students prior to the lesson
arrange classroom space so it is conducive to class group work
give out roles
use a rubric to assess participation
Strategy 28 - Have a system with email
set up boundaries for email response times and turn around and let people know of your boundaries
flag email messages that you can't get to yet so you can return them later
some emails are better answered in a text, direct message, or phone call so try that
filter messages or organize them into folders in your email provider.
Section 4 - At home
Strategy 31 - Taking care of yourself
self-care is critical it includes exercise, getting enough sleep, drinking enough water, eating healthy
emotional needs are met
Strategy 33 - Enjoy time with after school and on the weekend
use this time to recharge
enjoy an activity
unplug from technology
this benefits you, your family, and your students.
Friends these are just a few strategies laid out in "Real Talk About Time Management: 35 best practices for educators" written by Serena Pariser and Edward Deroche. To see the other strategies pick up your copy today! IT comes in ebook and paperback.