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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.
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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.
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Balanced Behavior
Ms. Carroll tracks the collective behavior of her entire classroom by balancing the good against the bad, literally. She uses an actual balance scale. It’s a great visual reminder and helps students see their progress towards a positive reward.
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Behavior Strikeout
When I have a student who has difficulty following my behavior guidelines, I tell him/her that I am a teacher for everyone in the class and must give everyone my time and attention.
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Changing Signals
"I have a large rain stick that I turn over slowly when it's time to transition from one activity to another. Students know that they must be in their seats listening for instructions before it stops raining or their name goes in our discipline book.
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Cooking Party
Ms. Hardman hosts an after school cooking party, a voluntary activity that not only produces a yummy snack but also promotes non-verbal communication - all questions and answers must be conveyed with hand gestures or written on the chalkboard.
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Daily Brain Stretcher
Ms. Jury’s 2-minute warm up activity is based on the game Junior Outburst. Discover how she uses it to boost creative thinking, promote cooperative learning, and prepare students for the main lesson.
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Focus First, Then Questions
Do you ever wish students would actually read your instructions before asking questions about them? Ms. McCarthy certainly did, so she developed a very effective method for teaching the simple, fundamentally important skill of following directions.
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Listening and Thinking
I take a class out to play 'Listening' once a year. It doesn't work more often than that, but then, it doesn't need to. By the end of the game, they discover that 'Listening' can be renamed 'Thinking....
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Listening Skills Activity
Here's a listening skill activity I use on and off all year. Make sure kids know left from right, top from bottom. They should know mid-point or center too. Give them a blank piece of 8 1/2 11 paper. ...
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