|Teachers.Net Gazette Vol.5 No.9||September 2008|
|Cover Story by Hal Portner|
|High Quality Teaching:|
The Intangible Element
|The cornerstone of quality education in our schools is what happens between teacher and student.|
|Harry & Rosemary Wong: Effective Teaching|
|It Was Something Close to a Miracle|
|»||More Tools for Classroom Fun and SuccessCheryl Sigmon|
|»||Time Flies!Sue Gruber|
|»||"Getting to Know Each Other"Activities, part 2Leah Davies|
|»||Our Back PagesTodd R. Nelson|
|»||Using a Butterfly Analogy to Explain the Hierarchy of Social DevelopmentMarvin Marshall|
|»||The Busy Educator's Monthly FiveMarjan Glavac|
|»||Dear Barbara - Advice for SubsBarbara Pressman|
|»||The First Day of Hell? and Still No Job! How Do I Stay Positive?Kioni Carter|
|»||The Music, Movement, and Learning Connection|
|»||Notes And Quotes From My Summer Reading|
|»||Chinese Royalty and Cedar Wood, The History of the Pencil|
|»||Teaching and Stress: Symptoms and Cures|
|»||September 2008 Writing Prompts|
|»||Learning About Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)|
|»||Donna’s Lesson Plan Files For Music Teachers|
|»||A Teaching Guide for The Secret Life of Hubie Hartzel|
|»||Printable Worksheets & Teaching Aids|
|»||Ineffective teachers? and Laura Bush's speech on July 28|
|»||School Photographs for September 2008|
|»||Lessons, Resources and Theme Activities: September 2008|
|»||Video Bytes: Brainiac science; Puppies lulled to sleep; Pilobilus dance; and More|
|»||Today Is... Daily Commemoration for September 2008|
|»||Live on Teachers.Net: September 2008|
|»||The Lighter Side of Teaching|
|»||Apple Seeds: Inspiring Quotes for Teachers|
|»||Peanut Free School?|
|»||HELP! First Time Teaching Kindergarten!|
|»||"I don't have a pencil [again]!" Does anything work?|
|»||Newsdesk: Events & Opportunities for Teachers|
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Avoid stress! Tips to help you get organized!
|by Sue Gruber, M.A.
Barbara Gruber Courses for Teachers
Regular contributor to the Gazette
September 1, 2008
At the beginning of each school year one of the most shocking things to me is how busy life really is! It's a crazy time at school and a hectic time at home. Feeling too busy easily leads to feeling overwhelmed and that equals stress! Here are some ways to make the most of your time and carve out some time for yourself in the process! Yes, it CAN happen—you can have a life beyond teaching! Let’s focus on time saving tips to try outside of school to make the most of the time we have each day!
I bet you have heard the expression, “If you want to get something done—ask a busy person!” Why is it that some people just seem to get so much done and others can’t figure out where all the time went? We all have the same amount of time each day—twenty-four hours that fly right by! Here are some tips to make the most of your precious time!
Get Organized and Stay that Way!
Designate a spot at home where you always put the things you need to take to work or school each day. Each person in your family needs such a place labeled with his or her name! Then, when it is time for the family to blast off in the morning in different directions, everyone can grab their things and head out the door. You can use baskets, plastic bins, spots on shelves or whatever works in your household. Frantic morning searches are eliminated once everyone gets in the habit of stashing their things in the right spots!
Errands & Shopping
Group your errands to cut down on travel time and sky-high gas expenses. It can be agonizing but it’s much more efficient to go on a four-stop errand marathon than to make four separate trips. Don't forget your lists!
When I was growing up, my mom, Barbara started a tradition in our family. As soon as we reached the magical age of thirteen we were taught how to cook our favorite meal. We cooked that meal one time each month. With four kids in the family, my parents had a night off in the kitchen each week. I was the spaghetti queen, my brothers chose tacos, chili, and barbecued chicken for their special dishes. The chef of the night also got to choose a dessert for the family. Choosing the dessert was the hook that made this fun and hassle free!
Continuing this cooking tradition with my son is probably the closest I’ll ever get to having a private chef! I know Cooper will pick mac and cheese for his night. I’m sure we’ll end the meal with grape popsicles. But hey…I'm not cooking, so that works for me!
Be a Drop-out!
Technology is your friend!
Try shopping for groceries online. Most of the grocery stores offer free delivery to new customers and then offer discounts to keep you as a customer. Once you get the hang of it, online grocery shopping can be a huge time saver. I’m convinced that I save money when I grocery shop online because I’m not throwing impulse items into my cart. It’s wonderful to have groceries delivered to your kitchen during an especially busy week. On many store websites, you can order several weeks in advance. I fantasize about being so organized that a truckload of groceries is delivered the morning after returning from a trip.
Go to the library online—you can put books on hold and be notified when they come in on your public library website. Check it out!
All-year Gift Shopping
Are your children on the birthday party circuit? We go through periods where it feels like there’s a birthday party every weekend. It can be expensive and time consuming to shop for all those parties. Stock up on bargains that you know your children’s friends will love. Last spring Costco had a huge assortment of nylon kites for about ten dollars each. I bought seven of them and tucked them under our bed. Whenever Cooper is invited to a party, he “shops” for the perfect kite in my bedroom! My kite supply is dwindling. We’ve already decided on cool volcano kits for our next mass purchase!
Things to do!
The Big Question
Cut Big Jobs into Bite-size Chunks
Magazine Marketing Madness
A few years ago, I subscribed to a magazine in my dog’s name! Now Chloe, the collie, gets all kinds of exciting junk mail to read! She even has return address stickers of her very own that came addressed to Ms. Chloe Gruber. Who knows, she just might go for one of those credit card offers someday and then go shop for a fancy collar!
I love September! The school year is fresh and new and the possibilities are endless! Use these tips and save time where you can and invest that time in yourself for a change. Teaching can consume you if you let it. Commit yourself to a year of balance between yourself, your family and teaching. Enjoy every minute!
P.S. 100% Practical Ways to Save Time and Work is our most popular course. It will help you work smarter, not harder and be an energized, enthusiastic teacher. You will use the ideas every day in your classroom!
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