What Counts vs. What Doesn’t Count on a Log

What DOES COUNT

 First, Important Logging Reminders: 

  • For any log entry indicating reading and research: You must indicate the sites you visited for research and provide links to the websites you visited.
  • Every log entry must include reflection, explanation or elaboration.
  • Excellent wording to begin a log entry: Read, Researched, Developed, Created, Revised, Previewed, Analyzed, Reviewed, Toured
  • You may count and backdate work you have as much as one year.
  • Your log entries should indicate no more than 5 hours on any weekday — since you can only record work you do outside of your normal contract working day.

The following are some examples of curriculum development activities that enhance knowledge, skills, and/or classroom curriculum.

Read books to enhance your curriculum
Read and reviewed mandated educational materials, i.e. syllabus, teacher’s guides
Researched digital tools, such as Google Classroom tools, to enhance your curriculum
Researched new ideas for lesson plans
Analyzed teaching effectiveness of a given lesson
Created online distance teaching curriculum
Created a classroom website
Created guidelines for student reflection
Created interactive notebooks that you’ll use each year
Created lesson plans to enhance your curriculum
This includes lessons for learning technology, smart boards, mini lessons, how to use Google docs, lessons for learning centers for given subjects.
Note: Actual physical set-up of learning centers does not count
Created PowerPoints to use as tools for teaching in the classroom
Created sample art project for a lesson
Created worksheets that coordinate with lessons for students
Developed rubrics and assessment standards
Developed objectives and strategies for teaching Common Core
Developed study guides
Participated in educational guided tours applicable to enhancing your curriculum
Previewed websites that focus on key subjects for teaching
Researched the best way to use fidgets for students
Researched and designed anchor charts, instructional games
Researched articles in key subjects for students to read or for your own information
Researched assessment strategies online
Researched supplemental materials and websites to teach standards
Revised curriculum to add more technology and active learning activities
Revised new and existing curriculum to meet Standards and District mandates or Common Core

What Does NOT Count

Listed below are examples of activities we know are important to teachers but are NOT ACCEPTABLE for this program.

DO NOT begin your log with “Collaborated’, “Planned”, “Organized”, “Prepared”, “Sorted”, “Set-up”, “Classified”, “Meeting with…”
DO NOT lump your dates together. i.e., no “4/12/15 – 4/19/15” entries.

You CANNOT Count:
Travel time going to an educational event
Time with family or friends, even if it is taking a guided tour for knowledge (the tour counts, but do not submit pics of family or friends)
Any activity that is considered “prep work” such as: Typing, Copying, Laminating, Printing, Sorting, Classifying, and Organizing
Time spent with students or with parents of students
Time spent with other teachers (however, if you are interviewing a master teacher for new ideas that counts)
Attending school-mandated after-school district or union meetings/trainings/workshops
Attending any after-school events, i.e., drama performances, field trips with students
Anything to do with parents (newsletters, meetings, field trip or Back to School notices, letters, email correspondences etc.)
Preparing for, or conducting, student/parent conferences
Anything that sounds like shopping, such as online research of supplies or ordering supplies
Assembling Back to School packets
Attending meetings with the principal or any staff development
Doing work for your school or school district rather than for enhancing your own teaching program or skills (However, if doing this work for your school also enhances your own teaching skills, it counts)
Cleaning out, organizing or labeling files or materials
Creating and maintaining a blog
Creating calendars and or schedules
The physical set-up of bulletin boards (However, designing the bulletin boards DOES count)
Creating student folders
Creating labels/putting names on student materials/making nametags
General planning for the next day or week (however, lesson development DOES count)
General travel (however, specific educational guided tours count if applicable to enhancing classroom curriculum)
Grant writing or fundraising planning, or efforts in fundraising
Moving/setting-up a classroom/organizing desk layout/cleaning your classroom
Organizing books, leveling books, or organizing/setting up classroom library
Organizing cabinets/files or filing
Organizing/planning the classroom set-up/layout for the beginning of the year
Researching or collecting classroom donations
Setting up grade books/grading papers/doing report cards
The actual physical set-up of learning centers (however, designing learning centers DOES count)