Saturday, January 10, 2009

Teachers, I Need Your Help

Teachers, I need your help. The project I am working on is a second book, one geared specifically to the classroom teacher. Get Organized! Time Management for School Leaders seems to be finding a niche with school administrators more than any other group, although the strategies are applicable to anyone. This second book will serve as a guide for the teacher who is new to the profession, the teacher new to a school who may have inherited a mess, or the teacher for whom organization and time management have never been strengths and wishes to “turn over a new leaf.” I hope the book also finds an audience with the teacher who is well-organized and a good manager of time, yet wants to get even better. The book is intended to be a manual that begins with organizing the newly-inherited classroom and continues through structuring a signature tool, taming technology, and staying afloat in a profession that throws far too many tasks our way. Of special interest is how the teacher can help students with their own organizational struggles.

Here is where I need your help: Does anyone out there have a really good reference filing system set up in your classroom (forms, instructional materials, correspondence, etc.)? If so, I would like to hear about it and credit your ideas in the book. Ideally, I would like to hear from both elementary and secondary teachers. Input from “specialty” areas such as physical education or music would also be welcome. If you are interested in contributing, e-mail me at Frank.Buck@centurytel.net and we can talk from there.
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