Amy Lynn Andrews is a national treasure, and her KnowToBook is one of the best things I have ever purchased for my business *and* my classroom. It’s not a resource for teachers specifically, but I find that a lot of business books relate really well to my classroom goals.
1.She has a stellar section on time management and productivity
- I’ve used her social media tips as a jumping off point for how I schedule things like automated announcements in my virtual classroom, and her productivity and time management tips can be carried over into any area in life. Using her tips on understanding the relationship between time and money helped me give myself some grace and hire some temporary help here and there. I think that teachers of any level have an expectation that they not only can do it all, they should do it all, and that’s just not true. Now I hire house cleaners during busy parts of the semester, and I hire out random things here and there on Fiverr. (Example: I once had a virtual assistant do all of my vacation research for low cost hotels for me. The money I paid her was more than paid back in the savings I got for the hotel. The hotel was much better than anything I would have booked!)
2. E-mail marketing tips.
- I know, it’s a weird thing to be excited about as a teacher, but isn’t one of the big issues we have is that our students don’t read our e-mail or other electronic content? I’ve helped improve my reading rate of e-mails and course announcements by using marketing tips. It’s not as hard as it sounds. It’s also one of those things that you can revise and reuse once you have a basic template. I’m a huge fan of doing the bulk of the work all at once so I can relax later! She also gives welcome e-mail tips that I use in my welcome e-mail to students. (You do have a welcome e-mail for the first day of class, right?)
3. Her Administrative Tasks section reminds us to check out our LMS.
- In her case, she is talking about her business website, but we can use the same ideas for our LMS. Are all your links working? Do you need to update anything? Dates? Page numbers? Release content? Reset items that auto release with new dates? Build in time for this administrative minutia so you don’t have to cram it all in the week before class starts.
4. Learning Your Craft
- No matter what we do for a living, we should always be learning our craft. Amy knows this, and shares how she keeps up in a realistic way. Her advice can be used no matter what your 9-5 is.
5.It is always updated, and you never have to buy a new copy!
- My very favorite part of the KnowtoBook is how is is always updated. Anytime Amy adds anything, it updates in your book too. It’s like getting free updated textbook editions for life. It is easy, it is simple, and it is a bargain at $24.
If you’re a blogger, it is a must. If you are an educator, you’ll be surprised at how much you can get out of this product using outside the box thinking.
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