Planning time equals quality time.
And planning resources streamline that time.
Time spent planning “pays back” more time than spent,
in fact payback multiplies.
This makes the investment in planning more profitable than an investment
in money markets or mutual funds.
Some teachers believe that they lack enough free time to plan. But, the
reverse holds true…planning manufactures free time.
If teachers fail to plan, they remain trapped in a perpetual “gather
enough activities for tomorrow” cycle.
Project management strategies provide an important area for
reducing work overload and teacher stress.
Identify the “scope of work” you must perform, and
evaluate if you (or others) hold reasonable expectations.
The push for teachers to individualize instruction based upon high-stakes
test objectives creates a “Labors of Hercules” level of difficulty. Teachers
must reach, and teach, every student…despite students’ entry level skills,
despite motivation level, despite scarce teaching materials and despite budget
In addition, focusing on individual test objectives is contrary to learning theory, contrary to how children learn, and contrary to common sense.
The use of thematic units, student-based projects, higher-order questioning, and the stimulation of Multiple Intelligences represent a sane and workable strategy for classroom instruction and management.