Everything but Teaching: Planning, Paperwork, and Processing

Overview

Learn the 7 Imperatives for managing the "other" work of a teacher!

Every teacher knows that what happens before and after class is as important as what happens during class. This accessible resource gives all teachers indispensable tips for managing professional priorities outside the classroom and saving energy for the most essential part of their work: teaching students.

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Overview

Learn the 7 Imperatives for managing the "other" work of a teacher!

Every teacher knows that what happens before and after class is as important as what happens during class. This accessible resource gives all teachers indispensable tips for managing professional priorities outside the classroom and saving energy for the most essential part of their work: teaching students.

Real-life vignettes, planning sheets, and other templates illustrate how to master the multitasking demands of the teaching life, including:

Planning time wisely

Tailoring grading practices to provide clear feedback

Holding productive meetings with students, parents, and colleagues

Keeping and using records effectively

Corresponding with grace, tact, and detail

Processing information and refining procedures

Embracing new professional learning opportunities

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Editorial Reviews

Loukea N. Kovanis-Wilson
"The most compelling line in the book is 'I teach kids,' not books or concepts. Regardless of the subject, we all teach kids, and sometimes we can lose sight of that. The book focuses on how to not let extrinsic factors get in the way of our goal. "
Ronald W. Poplau
"This topic is of vital interest to beginning teachers. The use of time, the demands of time, the changing nature of teaching, the explosion of knowledge, technology: all will be growing in the coming years. "
Jude A. Huntz
“Teachers who know how valuable their time is will love this book. Managing these duties will lead to a more successful classroom not only for the teacher, but also for the students.”
Kate Kinnan
“This book makes an incredible contribution to the field. It helps readers not only gain insights and resources into how to be better teachers, but also encourages us because we wear so many hats.”
Edward Hallowell
"Once in a while, you read a book that absolutely nails it. Stephen Valentine knows teaching through and through. He is filled with a passion for his field. Here he packs into a short space a huge message. I urge anyone who cares about schools, students, learning, or teaching to read this gem of a book. "
Patrick F. Bassett
"I wish I had had Stephen Valentine’s wisdom, or at least his book, forty years ago when I first started teaching. With moving anecdotes, pragmatic examples, and incisive observations, thisis the teacher’s version of the Boy Scout Handbook, the guide you need to march through the forest of teaching purposefully, without getting lost or sidetracked. Valentinedemonstrates that routine but necessary tasks outside of the classroom (meetings, conferences, planning, professional development, record-keeping, grading, etc.) can not only be well-managed but actually contribute to a teacher's effectiveness. "
Robert Evans
"A practical, plain-spoken primer full of concrete advice for harried, hurried teachers. Stephen Valentine offers down-to-earth prescriptions to help teachers focus their energies, refresh their skills, and renew their commitment. "
Christina Gordon
"A refreshing insight into modern day and future education that provides a practical outlook for the teachers who hope to keep pace with education's ever-changing scenario. Valentine suggests practices that save time and promote organization so that we may indeed teach! "
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781629146669
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/2/2014
  • Pages: 128

Meet the Author

A teacher since 1999, Stephen J. Valentine is currently the Assistant Head of the Upper School at Montclair Kimberley Academy in New Jersey. Valentine oversees curriculum, supervises a team of Department chairs, and advises students while he teaches a variety of English courses. Valentine has recently published educational articles in Independent School and Independent Teacher magazines, and his poetry has been previously published in Hotel Amerika, Broken Bridge Review, and the anthology Red White and Blues: Poets on the Promise of America (2004, University of Iowa Press). His first documentary film, Somebody Loves Me: The Life and Music of Prentis Richardson, won Best Documentary at the Nolita Film Festival in New York City and a Director’s Choice award at the Park City Film Music Festival. Stephen’s educational honors include: a summer Klingenstein Fellowship and a finalist award in Education and Technology magazine’s “Ed Tech Leader of the Year” contest.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Pearl Rock Kane vii

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

About the Author xv

Introduction: School Time Versus Classroom Time 1

The Challenge of Working in Our Schools 2

What Gives? 6

Time, Habits, and a Commitment to Continual Improvement 8

Imperative 1 Plan Your Time Wisely 11

Your Calendar 12

Your Dynamic Calendar 13

Now You Can Relax 22

Imperative 2 Tailor Your Grading and Feedback to Suit the Needs of Your Students 23

Three Cautionary Tales 24

A Few Final Words 34

Imperative 3 Hold Great Meetings Founded on Authentic Commitment 35

Why Meet? 36

Meeting With Students (Part 1) 41

The Systematic Approach 44

Meeting With Students (Part 2) 44

Meeting With Parents 47

Attending Meetings 51

Distractions and Distinctions 53

Imperative 4 Use Records to Generate Intentional Learning Opportunities 55

The Evergreen System 56

How to Store and Use Records 60

When to Purge Records 64

Record Keeping and Deliberate Choice 64

Imperative 5 Correspond With Grace, Tact, and Detail 67

The First Principle of Teacher Correspondence: Be Supportive and Graceful 68

The Second Principle of Teacher Correspondence: Get Specific 71

Corresponding With Colleagues 75

When to Stop Writing 77

Imperative 6 Process or Drown 79

Processing Processing: A Performance Piece 80

Imperative 7 Become a Radical Learner 89

Mentors and Collaboration 91

Retreats 93

Meeting With Teachers From Other Schools 95

Conferences and Institutes 96

Listservs, Groups, and Social Networks 97

Leadership 99

Teacher as Artist, Imagination as Fuel 100

Conclusion: Enjoy Your Balanced Professional Life 103

References 105

Index 107

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