Sunday, September 30, 2012

Daily Assignment #119: Calling home

Begin by stating your name and whose teacher you are.  Then say that it is not an emergency.

If you are delivering upsetting news about the child, and you are calling on a landline, be aware of the possibility of the message being erased before the parent hears it.  I suggest that you do not describe the issue but just say that you would like to speak to a parent.  Also, add that you will assume the parent did not get the message if they do not call back and that you will try again.  With the common use of cell phones this is probably a moot point.

If you call in the evening from your home phone and do not want your number to show on caller ID use *67.  This prevents the family from getting your phone number, as it will be blocked.  But keep in mind blocked calls may not be received.

Please share this link with colleagues and friends.
Also, I hope you will take a moment to check out my new book--

Best Effort,

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Daily Assignment #118: Announcement

Hello Everyone,
I am so excited to announce the publication of the 2nd edition of my book:
Daily Assignment:  Effective Teaching Strategies.  This new edition includes 105 effective strategies, including the ones from this blog, as well as new ones.  These are great strategies for the new and the seasoned teachers.

I am so proud of this book for many reasons------First, I didn't think it was possible to do.  I discovered it is, with the right support and effort.  Second, I had an amazing editor, Bill Bramham:, to help me with the writing.  Third, I had a wonderful, patient person, Bill Chipman, an author himself, guide me through the process of self-publishing.  Actually, Bill did it for me.

I hope you will take a look at my book on and purchase a slew of them.

Or just go to and type in Linda Fobes.

Currently, the cover posted on Amazon is incorrectly worded.  Ignore it.  We're working on it.

Please share this information with colleagues and friends, spread the word.

Thanks so much for your support.
Best Effort,