Cooking Up a Great Year!


How do you Cook Up a Great Year?

Years ago I read a book called Working on the Work by Phillip C. Schlechty.  Schlechty has since written many books on the topic of student engagement and its correlation to learning and academic achievement. This is not a new book but as my friend Heidi says, “It is an oldie but goodie.”  I would consider this book to be a staple read for any teacher or administrator.

My sister-in-law has worked in the human resources department for many years.  As an administrative team, the company she worked for had them do a book study. She had to read the book and answer required question about each chapter and write up a review of what she learned from the book.

She asked me to help her with her paper since she hates to write. It was very interesting that the book she was reading, a business book, was all about employee engagement and what to outsource for next year.

This made me think about teacher engagement.  I doubt you can have student engagement if the teacher is not engaged. To quote myself, “A teacher without passion, is like a body without a soul.”

To Cook Up a Great Year, my goal as an administrator, is to increase and maintain teacher engagement.  I believe when teachers are engaged, their students will be too.


What is a teacher to do? 

my recipie

Here is a lesson I hope will keep your students engaged as they work in stations.


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  • Reply
    August 14, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    Thanks for the reminder ‘recipe’ of what is important! Best of luck as you start your first school year as an administrator!

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      Nancy Alvarez
      August 17, 2014 at 9:19 pm

      Thanks, same to you.

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    Pam Beckner
    August 15, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    I will have to check out that book! Thanks!

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      Nancy Alvarez
      August 17, 2014 at 9:18 pm


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    August 16, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    I love your QR Codes!! Thank you for a fun activity!

    • Reply
      Nancy Alvarez
      August 17, 2014 at 9:17 pm

      Thank you, glad you liked it.

    • Reply
      Nancy Alvarez
      August 17, 2014 at 9:18 pm

      Glad you liked it!

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    Krista Mahan Teaching Momster
    August 16, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    I love that you added the idea about remembering why we got into teaching in the first place! It is so easy to forget and get overwhelmed.

    Teaching Momster

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      Nancy Alvarez
      August 17, 2014 at 9:22 pm

      We all need a reminder once in a while. It is easy to forget what is important when we get overwhelmed by the day to day responsibilities we have.

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    August 17, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Thanks Nancy for your terrific “recipe”! Sometimes it is easy to get bogged down with all the responsibilities we have as teachers. I will remember your key points when I feel overwhelmed!

    Kay @ Sommer Pride

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      Nancy Alvarez
      August 17, 2014 at 9:17 pm

      You are welcome 🙂

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