Real Talk about Time Management Book Review
Updated: Jul 8, 2022
If you know me, then you know I'm all about spending time 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" 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. 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 for 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
- have agendas to keep on task and focused
and shared 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 before 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