Project management is one of the most important areas for reducing teacher stress and work overload.
What teachers need to know is the scope of work that they are being required to perform, and how unreasonable the expectations are.
The recent push for teachers to individualize instruction based upon high-stakes test objectives creates a “Labors of Hercules” level of difficulty.
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.