Teaching Strategies: Writing for the Guest Author's Toolbox

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I've taken the liberty to make some assumptions about you (along with the other people who visit Daily Teaching Tools).

You ARE a teacher.

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.

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You may use the following quick links to go directly to what interests you on this page. You may also scroll down the page manually if you choose to do so.

What's The Guest Author's Toolbox?
How would I Participate?
Are there Additional Guidelines?
Where would my Page Appear?
Is there Any Compensation?
How will I Find the Time?
I may Participate. What's the First Step?

What's The Guest Author's Toolbox?

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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?

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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 experience with.

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?

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Actually, there are just a few:

  • Your page should be divisible into three or more subtopics.
  • Your page should be 600-800 words in length.  (It can be longer, but if it's shorter, the search engines spiders will assume that the content is minimal).
  • Please provide a photo to place in the byline at the top of your page.
  • Please also provide a brief bio of 5-8 sentences for the "About the Author" section that will appear at the bottom of your page.
  • If you have products or resources that you would like to link to from your page, that's fine too.

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?

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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?

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Hey, I'm a temporarily retired guy drawing Social Security and a pension check. I'm afraid that at the moment, cash compensation is just simply not possible.

However, I will be happy to provide you with your choice of $50 worth of my products that I offer online completely free of charge.

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?

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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.

And, 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?

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Simply fill in the following brief form to give me some basic information about what you may be considering as a topic.

That's it.

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.

Guest Author's Toolbox

Please note that all fields followed by an asterisk must be filled in.
I will provide my photo to be used in the byline.
I will provide a brief bio for the About the Author section.
I have one or more graphics I would like to include.
I would like my page to link to related resource(s).
I have products that I would like to promote.

Please enter the word that you see below.



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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?

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