The Together Teacher: Plan Ahead, Get Organized, and Save Time!

The Together Teacher: Plan Ahead, Get Organized, and Save Time!

The Together Teacher: Plan Ahead, Get Organized, and Save Time!

The Together Teacher: Plan Ahead, Get Organized, and Save Time!

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An essential guide for today's over-scheduled teachers

Teaching is a tough job, period. With so much pressure and so many competing demands, it can be easy to fall apart, or to get lost in the daily grind. The Together Teacher: Plan Ahead, Get Organized, and Save Time! is a practical resource that shows teachers how to get it together, to be effective and have a life! Author and educator Maia Heyck-Merlin reveals the life-hacks and habits of Together Teachers, from smart time management hacks to sanity-saving tech. The end goal is always strong outcomes for their students.

In this book, you'll discover the concrete steps you can take to achieve greater stability and success in your classroom and in your life. This edition adds sections on efficient lesson planning, grading, and data analysis processes, balance and self-care, juggling teaching with other responsibilities like leading a grade level, managing family communications, and new online resources. The workbook contains all-new rubrics, practice sections, and reflection questions to help you dig in to the content and get your days running like clockwork.

  • Learn pro tips and tools to help you organize and optimize your lesson planning, instruction, and classroom environment
  • Save time and energy by using tech wisely, enlisting students in keeping the classroom tidy, communicating efficiently with families, and more
  • Get engaged—with 75 pages of all-new workbook content, exclusive online extras, and real-world "Day-in-the-Life" teacher profiles, you'll be ready to tackle any challenge
  • Learn efficient grading and data analysis processes
  • Understand how to balance teaching with other school responsibilities, such as leading a grade level
  • Discover the hacks and habits that good teachers are using to improve instructional quality and have a life outside of school!

Perfect for early-career K-12 teachers as well as specialists (social workers, music teachers, etc.), The Together Teacher, Second Edition includes access to exclusive online extras, including videos and much more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781119542599
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 06/22/2021
Edition description: 2nd ed.
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 393,188
Product dimensions: 9.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

MAIA HEYCK-MERLIN is the founder and CEO of The Together Group, a training and consulting practice focused on training teachers, school leaders, and nonprofit managers on topics such as time management, prioritization, organization, and efficiency. She is also the author of The Together Leader.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xiii

Introduction 1

Part One: Together Your Time 11

Chapter 1: Create an Ideal Week—And Build in That Self-Care! 13

Components of a Great Together Teacher System

Design Your Ideal Week

Build Your Own Ideal Week

Let’s Toss in Some Self-Care and Stress Management

Self-Care and Stress Management Plan Examples

Let’s Get Started

Chapter 2: A Week’s Worth of Readiness: Create a Weekly Worksheet 31

Setting the Scene

A Closer Look: What Is a Weekly Worksheet?

Weekly Worksheet Examples

Select Your Weekly Worksheet Tool

Turbo Togetherness

Maintenance Moves

Together Tour: Cassidy Cruz 57

Chapter 3: No More Missed Deadlines: Make a Comprehensive Calendar 59

Setting the Scene

The Multiple-Calendar Dilemma

The Comprehensive Calendar: What Is It?

Together Teachers’ Comprehensive Calendars

Pick Your Tool: Where Will You Keep Your Comprehensive Calendar?

Build Your Own Comprehensive Calendar

Keep Your Comprehensive Calendar Moving

Turbo Togetherness

Maintenance Moves

Chapter 4: Corral the Long-Term To-Dos: Create Your Later List 85

Setting the Scene

The Later List: What Is It?

Together Teacher Later List Examples

Assemble the To-Dos: Build Your Later List

Select Your Later List Tool

Keep That Later List Fed and Happy

Carry Your Later List

Turbo Togetherness

Maintenance Moves

Together Tour: Laura Burrow 105

Chapter 5: Never Forget! Get on the Thought Catchers 107

Setting the Scene

What Is a Thought Catcher Exactly?

Together Teacher Thought Catcher Examples

Brainstorm Your Own Thought Catchers

Pick Your Thought Catcher Tool

Review Your Thought Catchers Regularly

Turbo Togetherness

Maintenance Moves

Chapter 6: Create Routines to Support Togetherness: Meet with Yourself 123

Setting the Scene

Build Your Meeting with Myself Checklist

Together Teacher Meeting with Myself Example Checklists

Logistics of Meeting with Yourself: Your When, Where, and What To Bring

When, Where, and What To Bring to Your Meeting with Myself

Daily Routines: Making the Most of Opening and Closing the Day

Turbo Togetherness

Maintenance Moves

Part Two: Together Your Space, Stuff, and Students 143

Chapter 7: Tidy and Together Up Your Teacher Workspace 145

Setting the Scene

Together Up That Workspace

Together Transport:

Moving Materials Between Spaces

Contain the Instructional Chaos Mean, Materials

Finding What You Need When You Need It

Carry It With You

Turbo Togetherness

Maintenance Moves

Together Tour: Angela Mu 171

Chapter 8: The Inbox, the Texts, the Messages: Tame the Communications Chaos 173

Setting the Scene

Set Up for Success

Establish Communications Routines or Stop Checking Constantly!

Create Schoolwide Communication Agreements

Write To Be Heard, or Stop Sending Open-Ended Emails!

Email: Use It, Don’t Abuse It!

Turbo Togetherness

Maintenance Moves

Chapter 9: Papers, Supplies, and Assignments: Support Student Togetherness 203

Setting the Scene

Displaying Class Schedules and Syllabi

Together Student Tools Created by Schools

Together Student Tools Created by Students and Families

Support Student Space Set-Up

Teaching Students Togetherness

Turbo Togetherness

Maintenance Moves

Part Three: Together Your Teaching 235

Chapter 10: Plan, Plan, and Plan Some More: Make Lesson Planning Efficient! 237

Setting the Scene

Together Teachers’ Long-Term Planning Examples

What Is the Actual Work of Lesson Planning?

Materials Needed for Lesson Planning

Determine Day and Time To Plan

Where Should I Lesson Plan?

Turbo Togetherness

Maintenance Moves

Together Tour: Eric Nielsen 261

Chapter 11: Grading, Assessing, and More! 263

Setting the Scene

Determine What You Are Grading and Why

Determine How You Collect Student Work

Getting Efficient with the Actual Grading

Keeping Up with Student Progress

When and Where Are You Grading?

When and How Am I Sharing the Data with Students and Families?

Turbo Togetherness

Maintenance Moves

Part Four: Together Your Team 287

Chapter 12: Join ’Em and Lead ’Em: Make the Most of Meetings 289

Setting the Scene

Create the Meeting Agenda

Staying Together During the Meeting

Note-Taking During Meetings

Store and Retrieve Your Meeting


Turbo Togetherness

Maintenance Moves

Together Tour: Veronica Urbanik 319

Chapter 13: Events, Projects, and Parties: Project Plan Your Way to Success! 321

Setting the Scene

Determine a Successful Outcome

Build Out Your Buckets

Create a Project Plan

Bring on the Team

Work the Plan

The Big Day—Or Night?

Celebration and Closeout

Turbo Togetherness

Maintenance Moves

Conclusion: Why the World Needs Together Teachers 337

Acknowledgments 347

About the Authors 349

Index 351

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