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After School Detention
Deana uses a simple procedure to track student behavior, which serves as the basis for assigning after school detention. Find out how this procedure and her school’s commitment to a uniform policy has curbed poor behavior throughout the entire school.
A Cheer for Spelling
Give me an S-P-E-Double-L, and what have you got? A really fun game that challenges your students to get their spelling words right. Ms. Carlos’ teaching activity is simple and easy to implement, and great for all learning styles.
Advertising the Elements
When studying the Periodic Table, my students make a newspaper or a television advertisement for an element. Each group must show how the properties of the elements are...
Adhere Posters with Velcro Dots
Ms. Lesser uses Velcro dots on the back of her posters, walls and cabinets to make it easier to set up or take down, especially during state testing. Read more about how she removes and replaces her posters in an orderly fashion.
Alka-Seltzer Science Experiment
Here is a fun, quick science experiment: Put an Alka-Seltzer tablet (or off brand) into a plastic film can. Add water, put the top on, and...
Active Bingo
Ms. Kraft’s modified Bingo game incorporates lots of movement and physical activity into this old favorite.
Attendance Without Calling Roll
I use a seating chart so I can quickly take attendance without having to call roll. I keep the charts in my attendance book for easy access and for a sub to use...
Adopting Classroom Pets
My classroom animals make even reluctant students want to engage. I’ve found that fostering classroom pets rather than owning them is the way to go. I have an arboreal salamander...
Active Student Learning Games
Ms. Bezet has discovered that her young students learn best when they’re active. Learn about the half dozen different kinesthetic learning games she uses to teach vocabulary, parts of speech and other language arts skills.
A Class Full of Reluctant Readers
If you’re having trouble getting your high school students to read and improve their reading skills, I would highly recommend the book, I Read It, but I Don't Get It: Comprehension Strategies for Adol...
A HyperStudio Book Report Project
The sixth grade reading teacher and I collaborate so that our students read the book 'From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler,' do vocab, and discuss the story in her reading class, while...
A Kid Friendly Pledge
Each morning, public school students have to stand and salute the flag by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. After my students complete the Pledge in its standard form, we repeat it in a kid friendly ...
A Left-Handed Solution
Have you grown tired of left-handed students smudging your overhead transparencies? Or maybe you’re lefty yourself, who’s grown tired of going home with ink-stained hands. Here’s an easy way to “keep it clean” when using the overhead.
A Magic Solution
The very best product I have EVER used to clean a white dry erase board is a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. They don't have to have any cleaning solution or water on them to work. The best thing is that the ...
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
Ms. Kast takes photos of her students throughout the year and uses the pictures to measure their progress. Read about how each student mounts the pictures and writes their descriptions, memories and reactions about each photo in the yearbook.
A Purpose to Read
Through a service learning grant I was able to purchase hard cover story books for my students to read aloud during story time at the local library. Three students read on a Saturday morning once a mo...
A Variety of Uses for Seating Charts
I laminate my seating charts and use them in a variety of ways. With my laminated charts, I can check daily attendance, record homework, monitor participation and document student behavior.
A Very Bright Idea
Ms. Isaacs recognizes bright ideas in her classroom literally. Read about how she acknowledges students who think in a new way or have a bright idea that allows the class to see things in a new light.
Writing Assignments Focus on Correction Areas
Each week, as part of the regular homework assignments, my children write 3 paragraphs entitled, A Week in the Life.... The Focus Correction Areas for this assignment change as we add to our writing s...
Absence Notebooks
To help my students stay organized and responsible for work following an absence, I keep an extra copy of my school's agenda/planner in a notebook near the assignment board. One of my classroom jobs i...
Absent Bags
Ms. Penna gives her secondary students a “gift” when they return to school after an absence. Read how these presents keep her students from missing assignments.
Absent Planner
I keep an extra homework planner at the front of the room. At the end of the day I get a responsible student with good handwriting to write down the homework for the day. When anyone is absent they kn...
Absent Students I
I keep track of tests, hand-outs, etc. for students who are absent. When something is handed out, I write the name of the absentee in colored marker on the hand-out. I keep these with the original so ...
Absent Students II
One of the things I hate dealing with is parents and little brothers and sisters coming in at the end of the day wanting the missed homework for an ill student. The way I deal with this is to have a s...
Absolute Deadlines
We started a new grading policy this year. We give 80% for academic grades and 20% for productivity. Academic grades include those assignments that are tests, quizzes, and projects. Productivity grade...
Abused Privileges
It seems that my students constantly want passes so now each of my students may only have three passes every nine weeks. Each time they use a pass, I mark it on the list next to their name. After thei...
Accidental Art
I call this accidental art. It's suitable for any age from about fourth grade through adult. Students take any color water color except brown and black. They cover their paper with shapes of color, wi...
Accommodating Blind Students
As well as being a teacher, I am the parent of a vision impaired student. I urge other classroom teachers to contact experts in the EEN field whenever they have questions or concerns. Blindness is a r...
Accurate Lunch Count
In order to take an accurate lunch count each day, I bought calendar cut outs in the shape of a school bus and wrote the students' names on them. I laminated the buses and stuck magnetic strips on the...
Acquiring Classroom Books
I work at a school that has a transitional bilingual program implemented in Grades K-5. We use the same curriculum as the English-speaking students. For silent reading or guided reading, many times it...
Active Listening to Prevent Conflict
This art teacher keeps classroom conflicts from escalating out of control through active listening and other classroom management strategies. Learn how she avoids defensive behavior and remains calm and in control.
Activity Bags
I use One-Zip plastic bags to help organize my art activities. I copy patterns on construction paper and place them in a bag. I then tape a finished copy of the project on the outside of the bag and p...
Acts of Kindness
Students write about the good deeds of others.
Adaptations For Deaf/Blind Students
When working with a deaf or blind student, many adaptations need to be made. Whatever curriculum we can get our hands on we try to make tactile and Braille for the student. This gives the student much...
Adding Machine Scrolls
Ms. Keohane’s students compete to see who can identify the most instances of words from a weekly list: nouns, adjectives, multi-syllabic words -- the list varies. Most interesting is the adding machine tape.
Address Labels Make Good Stickers
If you're like me, you get loads (more than could be used in a lifetime!) of address labels from various non-profit organizations. Frequently, the pictures on the labels are very attractive. I cut off...
Adjustable Seating Chart
I trim post-it notes to fit my seating chart board. By using these stickers, I can quickly relocate students to a new seat without messing up my whole chart. I also photocopy the chart weekly and use ...
Adopt a Hallway
To keep our school looking neat and clean, I suggested an 'Adopt a Hallway' program. Classes volunteered to police the halls for litter and our principal posted signs reminding us to 'Keep Riverside B...
Adopt-a-Book... Plus!
Frequently people donate books, magazines, and other materials to the center. Often they are duplicates of what I already have or not appropriate for our age group. So I keep a brightly decorated box ...
Adventures with Freddie
I have a teddy bear in my class called Freddie Bear. He's pretty beat up but well loved. Each night a child takes him home with a large index card. They take Freddie on a trip that night to some place...
Advertising Books with Posters
Find out how Ms. Flowers helped students create a school-wide advertising campaign for reading. The whole school got involved, and the hallways and her class bulletin board look all the better for it.
Advice for Asperger's
I've had the pleasure of teaching autistic inclusion students for the past four years. I can tell you I always learned as much or more from my students with autism as they learned from me! They have a...
African American Artists
"For two weeks in February, Black History Month, I teach about Black artists becoming successful artists because of their bold themes, vibrant colors/textures, and understandable simplicity.
After Class Referral
I fill out my office referrals after class and drop them off at the discipline office during lunch or after school. This way the students don't know when they are going to get a referral. The administ...
After Holiday Sales
Ms. Bergman has creative ideas for using holiday leftovers (ribbons and bows, party favors, etc.) and inexpensive sale items in her classroom long after the holidays are over.
After School Video Experience
It is often difficult to find class time to view some of the excellent documentaries and videos relating to historical topics taught in class so I encourage my students to attend an after school video...
Agenda Books
We use agenda books to communicate with parents. The book is formatted so the children can copy their assignments for each day and teachers/parents can write a short note. This book goes home every da...
Alarming Time Management
When I was a classroom teacher, my class and I would often get involved in lessons and the time for lunch and specials would creep up on us...
Alley Cat Directions
My students and I identify the cardinal direction of east based on the position of the sun during early morning. Once east has been established in the classroom, south, west and north can be located b...
Alternative Rewards
I have a system for rewarding students in which they earn tickets they can trade for coupons.
Alumni Comments
When unannounced guests come to visit, I invite them to give an impromptu talk about what they have been doing since graduation. Most visitors are former newspaper and yearbook staff members. My curre...
Amazing Adjectives
To reinforce adjective use, I place the following line on the board: 'I'm a rip-roaring, hand clapping, faithful, ______, ______, _______, United fan!' The instructions are to place as many words that...
American Girl History
Here’s how I cover Constitution Day with my third grade class. I have found that my students enjoy reading the American Girl historical stories (www.americangirl.com/agcn/index.html). The stories abou...
An Organized Desk
Ms. Reynolds has a great suggestion for organizing your paperwork. Her technique for color-coding file folders will make them easy to find, even when scattered around and hidden under other papers.
Analog Time
Ms. Bruckner has both an analog and a digital clock in her classroom, so teaching students to read the analog clock is a challenge. She uses a simple activity to help her digital-minded students master analog time down to the minute.
Animal Introductions
On the first day of school, I pass out animal stickers to the students. I make sure that the stickers are given out in pairs so that they can be matched. The students need to find the other person in ...
Annual Class Album
At the beginning of each school year, I request a blank video tape to be sent to school along with the typical school supplies. Once a week, a parent volunteer videotapes each child reading a book of ...
Another Thought on Buddy Sticks
My students, too, ask to use the buddy sticks to get partners for activities. Instead of writing student names, I stamp small images on the end of pairs of sticks, so each image is on two sticks. Afte...
Answers in Red
Ms. Alphin’s routine for grading homework also serves as great quiz and test preparation. It’s a simple but very effective strategy that works well with all of her students – even her most intractable learners.
Answers on Overhead
Ms. Edge uses an overhead projector as part of her routine for reviewing tests and quizzes. Find out what students are doing while she uses the overhead that reinforces their learning, saves her time, and facilitates communication with parents.
Answer to Teacher Interruptions
The Daily 5- Fostering Literacy Independence in the Elementary Grades by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser outlines the answer to teacher interruptions.
Appropriate Feedback
Ms. May’s students learn to make positive comments and give constructive criticism when analyzing their peer’s work. Read about how she models appropriate feedback for her students and makes use of her unique Glow and Grow worksheets.
Appropriate Talking Times
Students love to have time to talk and to share gossip. In order to keep them from doing it during instruction, I apply 'My Time'. During 'My Time', they must pay attention. They can not talk nor dist...
Arranging Desks
Lori configures her classroom in such a way that her back is never turned. Whether students are working as individuals or in small or large groups, she is always able to make eye contact with every student.
Art Club
When I volunteered for this position at my local middle school (grades 4-8) where my children attended, I met with the art teacher in hopes to offer the students projects that they had not been expose...
Art Exchange
My students use email to exchange information with students at another high school. At the end of the year, we use video distancing equipment to interact with the other students and critique each othe...
Artistic Careers
I do my best to connect the topics my students study in art with careers they can do in the future. Clay can be connected to making dishes and sculpture can be associated with baking and the designs n...
Ask Three Before Me
This "oldie but goodie" still has legs. Teaching in a K-6 computer lab with 20+ students at a time can be quite taxing when the questions come fast and furious...
Assigned Weekly Monitors
I find that having assigned weekly monitors cuts down on the kids begging to be a helper. Every week I choose a clerk, a librarian, a folder monitor and a custodian. The clerk passes out papers, the l...
Assigning Seats
Before the first day of school, I make up seating charts for each class period in alphabetical order keeping the seating boy/girl as much as possible. Instead of having the students stand up while I c...
Assigning Student Numbers
Keeping up with school supplies, calculators, books, etc. is no longer a chore for me nor my students. Each student on my roll is assigned a number, as the students appear on my roll (the numbering al...
Assignment Board
I needed a way to post assignments for my students to cut down on the time wasted answering the questions: 'What did I miss when I was absent?' or 'When is our next test?' I bought a sheet of white ti...
Assignment Booklets
This year I decided to use assignment booklets in my classroom as a way of keeping parents informed on a daily basis. It takes too long for my young students to copy assignments and information so I t...
Assignment Books
“I use assignment books not only to remind students of their homework and test dates, but also to help parents keep abreast of what is going on in their child's classroom. Each student receives a new ...
Assignment E-mail
Every Friday, I email the next week's assignment and test schedule, as well as any major due dates coming up, to parents and students. I also include any notes on upcoming guest speakers or field trip...
Assignment Highlights
It is sometimes difficult to get students to remember to put their name on each assignment. I leave a container of highlighters next to the assignment shelves. I have taught my students to highlight t...
Assignment Notebooks
At our middle school each student has a staff designed assignment notebook that includes several useful sections. There are assignment slots for every day of the school year. Also, there are several p...
Assignment Notebooks
I use assignment notebooks with daily teacher and parent signatures to help my students turn in homework on a timely basis. I verify that the correct information is written and understood, I touch bas...
Assignment Schedule
I get a big desk calendar and hang it by the door of my classroom. I write what we did that day and the assignment on the calendar. This way, my students can get the assignments they missed and the da...
Assignment Sheets
Since I teach six classes a day in various courses, I don't trust myself to answer that dreaded question 'what did we do yesterday?' exactly correct every time. My solution is to create 'assignment sh...
Assignments at a Glance
With so many different classes each day, it's difficult for me to keep students up to date on their missed work. I have a spreadsheet for each class that I magnetically post on the closet door. The sh...
Assisting New Teachers
I give our new teachers a tour of the building and explain the school procedures. I review their contract with them and show them our new teacher handbook that was created by teachers in our district....
Association Members Welcome New Teachers
Our local teachers' association invites new hires to a meeting at the superintendent's office. We answer all kinds of questions about our district, do a building tour, introduce the staff and explain ...
Attendance and Lunch at a Glance
Post a class list by your classroom entrance. As the students enter the classroom, they must move a clear push pin by their name to one of the following columns: Present, 1st Lunch Choice, 2nd Lunch C...
Attendance Pictures
On the first day of school, I take each student's photo and print out a 2 inches by 1.5 inches picture. I glue the student's name and class number on the bottom of the picture, laminate it and attach ...
Avoiding Transparency Ghosts
Do you end up throwing away permanent transparencies because you can’t fully erase temporary markings? Here’s a tips for avoiding the ghostly traces of used markers.
Awesome Noise Control
I used to have difficulty getting the class quiet. Nothing short of screaming 'shut up!' seemed to make any difference. Then I wrote the word 'awesome' on the board. When I had to speak to the entire ...

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