I maintain a website for all of my classes with additional links to help pages; however, the most useful page I created is the online calendar, and I spent an hour yesterday updating that calendar. It’s a simple but time consuming process because all of the dates must be changed from last year’s school calendar to this year’s school calendar.
This calendar has become my favorite online resource that I created.
- Parents use it to see what their kids are doing in class and what they should be doing at home.
- Students use the calendar to see what is upcoming or what was missed.
- Administrators use it because it’s essentially my plan book.
- Other teachers follow my lessons and unit progressions during the year.
Plus, I can include downloads, extra videos, and more for my students to peruse.
At the end of each year I print the calendar and keep it for the next year. I examine what went well, what did not, and what I can do to improve my lesson sequences, units, and assessments.
Web pages and online resources are expected of teachers by administrators, parents, and students, yet teachers are frequently not provided time during the school day to create, maintain, or update these tools. Although my website does require time each day and week to keep it up-to-date, it’s worth the time because it becomes a first contact point prior to people contacting me about assignments and activities. Since I started the website, my phone messages and e-mails have decreased significantly because I don’t have to answer every question; parents and students get their information from the calendar most of the time.