Please don’t waste my time

Originally, this was going to be a letter to administrators, but, after thinking about it, teachers are just as guilty.  Please….

  • don’t hold an hour long meeting to explain something that could have been accomplished in an email.  My time is just as valuable as yours.
  • don’t use up time explaining a new initiative that I am not going to a part of.  If something is only happening in K-3, then pull those teachers aside and talk to them specifically.
  • remember that I am an educated individual who does not need to have information from a PowerPoint read to me.  Especially when you handed out copies of the PowerPoint for me to read.
  • practice what you preach.  If you want me to use technology and differentiated instruction in the classroom, don’t lecture to me about it.  Demonstrate it to me so I know what is expected of me later.
  • plan appropriately.  If you make an agenda, try to stick to it.  Otherwise, why did you even bother in the first place?
  • protect our planet.  If you are going to hand out 50 copies of a 3 page document, at least double side it. If you didn’t put it through the photocopier, that means you printed it from the computer so not only did you kill more trees, but you used more expensive ink.  When budgets are constantly being cut, these little things add up.
Having been on both sides of the educational table (teacher and administrator) I know so many of us are guilty of this with colleagues and, worse, with students.  We need to be mindful that we give the respect as professionals that we expect be given to us.  Walk the Talk.
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