It’s autumn and the days are getting cooler. In the distance you can hear the high school marching band practicing for Friday night’s football game. Then, suddenly, the terror of a giant, ferocious beast disturbs your calm, and, in sweat-drenched fear, you realize: “I haven’t started working on my Core Standards certification!”
That was me before I came up with a plan to help get though Core Standards with ease. Here are some tips.
My January calendar reminds me to print out the Core Standards compliance tool every year. I print it out and keep it in a colored folder on my desk because, often, I don’t have time to open the online tool and upload something the moment it comes to mind. It’s more convenient for me to take a printed event flyer with attached notes, such as from a legislative outreach luncheon, and file it in the advocacy section of my folder. I also prepopulate the folder with the events I know are scheduled for the year. By adding these things to the folder as they occur, I do not spend valuable time searching for them or trying to remember them later.
I live by paper and sticky notes, but what works for me may not work for you. However, keeping Core Standards a part of your regular work (not just an end-of-the-year activity) should work for everyone.