Ok, so after visiting scholastic's site, and discovering you, Mrs. J, I will be honest, I have spent hours and hours on end today digging into your website, which is amazing by the way. I have taught fourth grade and love it, but I was needed in 8th grade Reading this year, and decided to make the leap. You have given me so many great ideas so far, and I am sure will be responsible for many more.
My question is about time management. It seems to me that to be able to do what you do, comes with a price of donating a lot of time to the cause. How can I do that, with two young kids and a Cross Country team to coach? I need to learn how you divide your time out so to be the best you can be in all areas of life.
I have to be honest up-front with my wonderful viewers at Scholastic- I need a life at times. (I want to focus on hobbies this year more than ever, and I will dedicate a few entries to improving life in this area, as well as lowering stress in the classroom.) This summer, I have read Fred Jones' Tools for Teaching, and I think that will be able to make a significant difference. He discusses time management quite a bit as well as classroom management, of course. How one spends time in the classroom makes a connection to home. Checking journal entries, for example, will be a better process this year because at least I'll have peers making sure they have the amount of entries they should for the week.
I believe you will enjoy this coming Wednesday's post about Reading Workshop. The post going to discuss all kinds of useful ideas and encourage viewers to submit ideas as well.
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