And then reality hits...and boy, does that suck. There are stacks of papers to mark and record. New kids show up and need to get caught up. The office wants you to hand out information. All your good intentions are quickly paving a path to you-know-where.
So, here are some ideas to stay true to your New School Year's Resolutions.
- Are you a teacher who just can't say "No."? Online Organizing has 20 different ways to say it...and I'm not talking about world languages. I would also like to suggest that in using some of these, you add one piece to the conversation. Tell the asking person, "Gosh, I don't think I'm the right person for this, but I bet Teacher X would be perfect for that project." I know this looks like passing the buck. What happens too often is that the same teachers in the school are asked over and over again to participate on committees, chaperone, etc. Help others in the school get involved through recommending an invitation for them.
- Rule the Web is a fantastic new blog which has 60 second podcasts for getting the most out of the internet. If you're looking ahead to Classroom 2.0, this is a nifty resource for the information age.
- Is e-mail starting to be the boss of you? Stand up to your inbox by using these helpful tips.