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

The following are some examples of curriculum development activities that enhance knowledge, skills, and/or classroom curriculum.
BEGIN YOUR LOG WITH THESE TERMS: Read, Researched, Developed, Created, Revised, Previewed, Analyzed.
You may backdate and record work you have done in your log 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.

Read books to enhance your curriculum
Read and reviewed mandated educational materials, teacher’s guides and curriculum enhancements
Researched to enhance your curriculum:
Analyzed teaching effectiveness of a given lesson
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 as well as many other types of lesson plans.
Created powerpoints to use as tools for teaching in the classroom
Created sample art project for lesson on _____
Created worksheets that coordinate with lessons for students
Developed rubrics and assessment standards
Developed objectives and strategies for teaching Common Core
Developed study guides
Educational guided tours if information presented is 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
Researched and designed math games
Researched apps in different subjects to enhance curriculum
Researched articles in key subjects for students to read
Researched assessment strategies online
Researched Google Classroom on how to use with students
Researched new ideas for lesson plans
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
The following are examples of activities we know are important to teachers but are NOT ACCEPTABLE for this program. They are considered “prep work” and/or “not curriculum/professional development based”.
DO NOT begin your log with “Collaborated’, “Planned”, “Organized”, “Prepared”, “Sorted”, “Set-up”, “Classified”, “Met with…”
You MAY NOT lump your dates together. i.e., no “4/12/15 – 4/19/15” entries.

You CANNOT count:
Any activity that is non-curriculum development, i.e., “prep work” such as: Typing, Copying, Laminating, Printing, Sorting, Classifying, and Organizing
Any time spent with students
Any time spent with other teachers
Anything to do with parents (newsletters, field trip or Back to School notices, letters, email correspondences etc.)
Anything that sounds like shopping, such as online research of supplies or ordering supplies
Assembling Back to School packets
Attending any school-mandated after-school district meetings / trainings / workshops / union meetings
Attending any after-school events such as performances, plays, drama performances, field trips with students
Attending meetings with the principal or any staff development
Cleaning out files or unneeded materials or labeling files
Creating and maintaining a blog
Creating calendars and or schedules
Creating or assembling bulletin boards or posters
Creating student folders
Creating labels/putting names on student materials/making name tags
General planning for the next day or week (however, lesson development DOES count)
General travel (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 for the beginning of the year
Preparing for or conducting student/parent conferences
Researching or collecting classroom donations
Setting up grade books/grading papers/doing report cards
The actual physical set-up of learning centers (creating lesson plans for learning centers DOES count)
Sorting or organizing games or materials