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A Cure for Spring Fever
To counteract Spring Fever in students, retired educator Dave Foley uses rewards and positive peer pressure to keep students focused.
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Active Bingo
Ms. Kraft’s modified Bingo game incorporates lots of movement and physical activity into this old favorite.
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Brain Breaks
In order to help her elementary students maximize their learning potential, Ms. Cook provides her students with brain breaks throughout the day. She uses a variety of activities to help them relax, process information, and get ready for more.
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Discipline for Energetic, Active Students
When Nancy’s young and active students misbehave, she disciplines them without denying them recess, a strategy which permits a healthy release for their energy but still provides a negative consequence and reinforces good behavior.
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Holiday Gift Exchange
Ms. Crockel has a unique twist on the traditional holiday gift exchange. Students are not matched in pairs, and the entire class participates, even those who are not able to buy gifts. In the end, the whole class enjoys the gifts for the rest of the year.
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Recess First, Then Lunch
Recess before lunch? Ms. Laughlin's school tried it out and found these benefits: reduced fights and fewer stomach aches.
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Recess IEP
When Ms. Postman taught preschoolers with disabilities, she did indoor recess once a week in order to focus on specific IEP objectives. Here she shares a few ideas which could work with other student populations as well.
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Recess Passes
Ms. Roker uses recess passes as a reward for good work. She has created a system with passes and desk checks, and it's a great motivator for children to get their work done and done well.
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Re-establishing Routines
When the school year begins, Ms. Hunter's colleagues establish procedures for the hallway, lunchroom, bathroom, etc. The routines are re-established and rotated as well - read more about Ms. Hunter's tip, here.
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Signing for Restroom Breaks
So that the class isn’t interrupted for restroom requests, Ms. Aver has students use the American Sign Language sign for "R". A simple nod from her and a student may leave. This tip even comes with an easy way to keep track of who's left the room.
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