Since you are visiting a website devoted entirely to
classroom teachers, I'm convinced that you are looking for resources and ideas
that you can use in your classroom.
How am I doing with my assumptions so far?
I'm guessing that the resources and ideas you have found,
and may continue to find, might benefit you professionally. But I know, in my heart of hearts, that the
true benefactors of your online quests will ultimately be your kids.
I cannot adequately put into words how much I admire that
quality in you.
Allow me to continue with some additional assumptions.
Since you are a teacher, you have earned at least a
bachelors degree from a reputable institution of higher learning. Therefore, you are a very capable writer.
With your writing ability, your background, and your experiences in the challenging world of the classroom, why not share what you've learned through the years?
Why not share that knowledge
with your fellow colleagues, who will in turn pass it along for the benefit of
the students in their charge?
That's the entire purpose of this page--to introduce you to,
"The Guest Author's Toolbox," and to invite you to participate.
I'm assuming that you may have questions, and I'm guessing that they may be similar to what you will see here in the Quick Links.Quick Links for THIS Pageteaching strategies
It's a section on Daily Teaching Tools devoted entirely to showcasing your knowledge, in your own words, of what you have found to work in your classroom.At the time of this writing, this initiative is in its infancy. Janice Malone was the first to participate with her page on the secrets of teaching writing. Just recently, Julie DeNeen wrote a piece on how to enhance classroom management.
I would suspect and hope that after a reasonable passage of time (with your help along with the help of your fellow colleagues), we will have an ever-growing collection of resources that will positively impact the ones who stand to benefit the most--our kids.How would I Participate?
Just write a page/article about any educational topic that
you feel comfortable with and have direct experience with. The only other stipulation is that your topic
must be of direct interest to classroom teachers.
I will not attempt to list possible suggested topics because
I have NO idea of what you feel most comfortable with or what you have direct
As long as your page/article has the potential to benefit kids, we would all be delighted if you could share it with us.Are There Additional Guidelines?
Actually, there are just a few:
I will handle all of the HTML and SEO stuff. I can also pick appropriate graphics to match your copy or include the ones that you specify for your page.Where would my Page Appear?
Your page will be placed as the first position under the
"Guest Author's Toolbox" section of the navigation column that runs
down the left side of the page.
As more teachers begin to participate, their pages will be entered above yours. In other words, the most recent page will be listed at the top of the navigation section.Is There Any Compensation?
Oh, did I mention that your work will be seen by LOTS of teachers predominantly in the United States, but also in many other countries from all over the planet?
At the time of
this writing, Daily Teaching Tools had close to a half a million unique
visitors during its second year of existence.
And, thanks to you and your fellow colleagues, that number
is continuing to grow.
Imagine, if you will, the potential impact that your work
may have on all of the students served by all of our visiting teachers.
I think you'll agree with me here. That's the sort of compensation that got us into this profession in the first place.How Will I Find the Time?
That's the toughest question of all.
We know all too well how continually demanding our profession is. Everyone wants all of our time--our kids, our parents, our administrators, and our governmental officials.
that's before we go home to our own families.
I understand TOTALLY, believe me.
How will I find the time?
You are the person that can answer that best. Spring or summer break? During a three or four day weekend, perhaps?
Carve out some time when it's most convenient for you and participate!I may Participate. What's the First Step?
Simply fill in the following brief form to give me some basic information about what you may be considering as a topic.
I will respond in well less than 24 hours. Actually, if I receive this form anytime between 9 AM and 9 PM Eastern Standard Time, you're likely to hear from me within the hour.Conclusion
I sincerely hope that I haven't scared you off with the
suggested number of subtopics and word count.
If you're curious, however, this particular page that you're
reading right now has nine subtopics. The word count at the beginning of this
sentence (excluding the Quick Notes section and the Contact Form) was 1,018.
I'm quite sure you can handle three or more subtopics in a
length of 600-800 words. After all, you
are a teacher. And, you are a writer.
Most importantly, however, you have the experience and
knowledge to make a difference with so many lives who will never step foot in your classroom.
Won't you join with us in this exciting new endeavor?