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Creating a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom
Research shows that 1 in 3 students suffer the effects of trauma. How can you create a classroom where young victims feel calm enough to thrive? Here are some simple ways to prepare safe spaces.
Creating Found Poems Based on Current Events
Move over, 3 R's, the 3 C's are the theme of this unique tip! See how this educator combines current events, culture and creativity for a unique learning unit for 9-12 learners.
Creating a Bully-Free School
Tips from NEA's Bully Free It Starts WIth Me campaign: critial steps you can take to make your school a bully free zone.
Classroom Design By Students
See how Ms. Roach turns the routine of setting up her classroom into a set of valuable learning activities.
Call and Response Cues
What do waterfalls, bananas, and slugs have in common? They are all part of Ms. Stevens’ method of getting her students’ attention easily and quickly.
Card Larks
Sometimes you just need to boost the fun-factor in your classroom. Here's a great tip we got when we asked our Facebook friends how THEY accomplish it.
Class Mission Statement
Instead of establishing classroom rules, Ms. Cashell’s class creates a mission statement. Find how she guides them through the writing process and helps them take ownership of their own learning environment.
Classroom Help
Place an ad next year to hire classroom help. Get your students motivated to help and stay employed by doing a good job.
Create an Auto-Booklet
Fight Spring Fever and re-engage your students with a bookmaking project centered on their favorite subject: themselves! Kate shares ways you can harness their energy productively and refine their language arts skills at the same time.
Calming Cool-Offs
Do you ever wish you could send disruptive students on a faraway vacation, where they could calm down, cool off and allow the rest of the class to focus on learning? Ms. Willow actually does it (well, kind of): she sends them to “Alaska.”
Challenging a Chatty Class
Ms. Ortiz’s tally system will help you track bad behavior, establish clear consequences, and quickly teach a talkative class to quiet down quickly.
Create a Better Classroom Library
Ms. Marshall suggests ways to make the classroom library in the corner of your room much cozier. Pillows, a rug and shelves form the basics, but she has great ideas for kicking it up a notch from there.
Class Average Challenge
Mr. Paul challenges each of this civics classes to achieve a high average score than his other classes. Classrooms compete against each other to win a prize they all love, even Mr. Pahl. With this classroom challenge, everyone wins.
Charting Math Fact Progress
Mr. Bloom challenges each of his students to improve their individual scores each time they take a math facts test. Read about how his students practice chart and graph skills as they work to score higher with each test.
Classroom Management Basics
There are some classroom management principles that work regardless of grade level. Ms. Ortiz suggests seven behavior basics that any teacher can use to set the stage for a successful classroom and an unforgettable year.
Caught Doing Something Good
Caught Ya! Ms. Ashworth rewards her students PECK points when they do the right thing. Students have an opportunity to win small prizes each week and use their PECK points for extra credit on quizzes and tests.
Celestial Mnemonics
A veteran teachers shares a fun planetary song she uses to help her students remember all nine planets in the solar system. This catchy tune will help students remember the names of planets even as they progress to the older grades.
Cooperative Tables
Joyce’s students sit at group tables instead of individual desks. The arrangement maximizes space in her classroom and helps build community. Read about how she organizes supplies for each group and chooses a daily captain to distribute materials.
Create Camp Read-A-Lot
During the last week of school, Amanda takes her kindergarten students camping in her own classroom! Her students bring tents, flashlights and other camping gear for a fun reading event.
Changes for Next Year
Making each school year better and easier than the next requires not just your ideas, but an efficient way to record them as you think of them. See how Ms. K's tip can help you keep your ideas in the palm of your hand!
Celebrate Reading with the Cat
Ms. Cashell helps organize a week full of reading events and activities to commemorate the birthday of Dr. Seuss (March 2). There are Seuss-inspired costumes, guest readers, fundraisers, trivia quizzes, prizes, and even a Crazy Hair, Crazy Hat Day.
Car Race Measuring
Ms. Breedlove has a great indoor activity that reinforces basic math concepts and works well for test prep and review. Ready? Set? Go learn how!
Colored Test Copies
Having several versions of the same test can be hard to keep track of, but Mr. Talylor's tip can be a colorful way to help you sort it all out.
Conserving Paper
We live in a digital age, but we still need paper. We just don’t need as much of it. Stephanie knows of 4 ways to reduce, reuse and recycle paper products at her school.
CVC Story
Teaching the consonant-vowel-consonant reading skill can be tricky, especially when you have to account for the pesky silent e at the end of some words. Ms. Klein shares a story that helps her first graders get the hang of it in no time flat.
Club and Pep Rally Time
Talk about making the most of your time! Ms. Ganger offers a great tip that takes fifteen minutes but give so much more. Read about her tip and see if it can work for your school!
Cafeteria Music
Did you ever wish that the noise level in the student cafeteria was lower? Ms. Panelli's tip could be music to your ears!
Calculus Review Day
Preparing for big exams can be jarring for students and teachers alike. Ms. Traverso has a great set of tips that can help you plan for the best while you're prepping for the test!
Calendar Activities
Time is a hard concept to grasp for younger learners. This set of tips from Ms. Curtis help students grasp an understanding of time from their own experiences -- see if her advice can work for you!
Calendar Lessons
It's not just for scheduling appointments and tracking the date anymore! See how Ms. Trantham uses her classroom calendar for viable lessons and teachable moments!
Calendar Math
Here's an activity that Ms. Delano does every day with her class that sharpens her students' math skills without them even knowing they're doing math! See if her tip can work for your math learners!
Calendar Rewards
What do you do with out-of-date calendars? Instead of tossing them, Ms. Stec has a unique way of recycling them and putting those glossy pictures of horses and puppy dogs to continued good use by encouraging good behavior and decorating students’ homes.
Call for Help
What a unique way for students to get your attention when they need help without disrupting the class! See if Ms. Burk's tip can work for you!
Calling Parents for Open House
Ms. Adrian doesn't wait until "back-to-chool night" to get acquainted with her students' parents. Read about her connection to parents and how it can boost attendance, family participation, and volunteerism in her classroom
Can Do Challenge
Reverse your students’ “Can’t Do” attitude with the Can Do Challenge. This fun icebreaker helps establish a positive, aspirational tone for the rest of the year.
Writing Dialogue with Proper Formatting
Teaching the rules about new paragraphs can be a big challenge, but this tip incorporates a creative acticity that could make the lesson "stick". Read about Mr. Carson's tip and see if it can work for you!
Can We Talk?
Ms. Parson’s students interview each other on the first day of school. Her unique twist on a familiar assignment illustrates a great way to of pairing students together and produces creative decorations for her bulletin board.
Can, Shoe and Dot Organizers
Recycled tin cans, shoe racks and dot stickers can all be used to organize your classroom supplies. Learn how these inexpensive up-cycles will help you find what you need, when you need it.
Car Survival Kits
This is a reading activity that helps students relate to events in a story to their own lives. Check out Ms. Dziak's tip to see if it can motivate your reluctant readers.
Carbon Copy Notes to Parents & Colleagues
Discover how this fifth-grade teacher keeps track of correspondence with parents and colleagues. It’s a simple and accurate way to track paperwork, and since copies of everything are stored in a log book, it’s easy to recall.
Cards for Family
Ms. Rochwick creates a fantasy holiday shopping spree for her kindergartners. Using gift brochures, magazine catalogues and other direct mail pieces, her students shop for gifts and use pictures to create a keepsake for parents or other loved ones.
Cards for Substitute Educators
Ms. Newman uses index cards and labels to help substitutes with a variety of tasks: taking roll, tracking behavior, assigning groups, etc. Read about how using this simple stack of cards can make life easier for you, the sub, and your students.
Career Research Project
Being prepared to go out into the job market is an invalable skill for high school students. Ms. Jeffress has a tip that's actaully reauried in her school. Read about it and see it it can work at yours!
Carpet Squares
Carpet and furniture stores will often give outdated carpet sample to educators at no cost. This first-grade teacher uses them in some unique, innovative ways. Find out how she does it.
Cartoon Dialogues
Writing dialogue can be the trickiest part of creative writing. Ms. Russell introduces her third-grade students to this writing skill by using cartoons with blank thought bubbles.
Catchy Newsletters
See what this teacher does once a week that fosters good communication between students, parents, and her entire school.
Ceiling Hangings
Here's a tip for teachers that have classrooms with acoustical tiles: a creative way to display student work that might work for you!
Celebrating Pi Day
March 14th: Your students will have infinite fun with these creative ways to celebrate Pi Day at your school!
Cellular Homework Hotline
With a cell phone and two spare minutes, you can use Ms. Masino’s idea for helping students transition to middle school. Her innovative strategy keeps students (and their parents!) up to speed on all classroom assignments and events.
Cemetery Studies
Plan a day-long field trip to a local cemetery. Find out Ms. Prather uses this fun Halloween outing to teach about local history and community.
Chalkboard Cleaner Revisited
Ms. DeWitt likes a clean chalkboard as much as the next person… well, maybe more than the next person. Discover everything you need to know about cleaning your chalkboard – especially what common household cleaning product you should avoid.
Chance Cards
This teacher’s students take a chance when they go above and beyond in the classroom. Read about this simple idea of encouraging good behavior. It’s always a surprise what they can win behind secret doors when they take a chance on being good.
Changeable Seating Chart
Ms. Arnold creates a seating chart that’s easy to adjust as needed. Read about how she can quickly switch name labels on her chart and make chart notations of student progress during class.
Changing Student Grades
This tip comes from a student! It's a time-saver that also creates less confusion when it comes to making your final decision when determining grades
Changing Signals
Keeping order while students change classes or switch from one activity to another can sometimes require all the patiene you can muster. Here are some tips from Ms. Moreng that you might find very useful throughout your day
Character Plotting
Ms. Postman’s primary school competes in a yearly Behavior Bowl. Read about how classes collect football points for good behavior and drive the field for touchdowns, treats and a school-wide celebration.
Charting Class Participation
For this foreign language teacher, managing classroom discussion and encouraging full participation is a must. Her technique for getting students to speak up, and her strategy for tracking their participation, will work in any class.
Check It Chest
Ms. Ruhe set up a Check-It Chest in her classroom to collect disruptive personal toys young students often bring to class. She gives her children a choice when they enter the classroom: Check It or Take It.
Checking Arithmetic
This tip from Ms. Williamson adds up to a time-saver for you, and an excellent lesson for your math learners.
Checking Attendance and Homework
Ms. Etsell has a quick, easy procedure for checking attendance, homework and prep work with a modified seating chart. Find out how she does it.
Checking Homework I
Ms. Gray uses two stratgies to grade homework and each cuts down on her paperwork. Read about her tips and see if they can save you some valuable time.
Checking Homework II
Here's a time-saver from Ms. Riche that she uses for collecting homework and selecting students. Read about how she does it by using a popular board game!
Cheesecloth Ghosts
Your elementary students will love this Halloween craft activity. All you need is cheesecloth, small gourds, wax paper and glue; then follow Ms. Hlavin’s directions for this spooky delight.
Chemistry Moles
Here's a tip for chemistry teachers wanting to get their students interested in the measurement unit mole (6x10^23 particles).
Children with Tourette’s Syndrome
If you work with a child who’s been diagnosed with Tourette's, Ms. Postman have a few suggestions that may help.
Children's Handprints
We're all familiar with the turkey handprint for Thanksgiving, but Ms. Murphy says the handprint can be used EVERY month's theme! Read about her tip here!
Chinese New Year
Ms. Pollack lends a tasty tip for learning about Chinese New Year and it even comes with a a bonus bulletin board tip!
Celebrating Chinese New Year
Learn how Ms. Kast teaches her students about Chinese New Year customs and holds a school celebration.
Choosing Students by Number
OneHere’s a creative craft project students can do that will help you organize, select and group students all year long. Save your orange juice lids and try this when school begins again.
Circuits in Physics
Here's a way to keep grading accurate without students' wires getting crossed (literally) Read about Mr. Pasero's tip and see if it can work for you!
Circulating Books with Funny Money
Ms. Fox is a library media specialist who “pays” students to read – a surefire way to get kids sharing, reading and circulating books.
City Math
While studying geometry, students create a three-dimensional model city. Students have specific design and planning responsibilities and are required to use geometric shapes and angles to build and describe their imaginary city.
Clapping for Attention
A noisy classroom is so hard to quiet down, but Mr. Peck's idea might give you a reason to clap your hands.
Class Autobiographies
Ms. Pitchford shares a unique book-making activity that will help student teachers get to know you and your students quickly, help them feel welcome, and enable them to hit the ground running from day one.
Class Constitution
In 2004, Congress passed an obscure law requiring schools that receive federal funds to educate students about the Constitution during Constitution Week. Here’s a practical idea for codifying classroom rules that fits the bill.
Bury “Can’t Lists” in Class Funeral
This fourth-grade teacher developed an inspirational outdoor activity for the first day of school in which students literally and metaphorically bury their self-doubt and plant the seeds of a positive attitude.
Class Generated Books
End the school year on a positive note with the gift that keeps giving: read about Ms.Colyer's sentimental tip that sends students home with something they created!
Class History Book
This year-long current events project helps teach students collaboration and information gathering skills, and at the end of the year they have a class history book that documents the year in news
Class Homework Checker
Having trouble finding time to track student homework? Enlist a student! Read about the way Ms. Murphy handles homework issues while saving precious classroom time.
Class Log Book
Learn how this teacher uses a classroom helper and daily log book to help students track their own absences and make-up work – and save herself from mountains of paperwork.
Collection vs. Correction
Ms. Green issues two types of homework assignments: those she collects and those she corrects. Read about her easy grading system that not only helps her identify students’ weaknesses, but also encourages them to understand their mistakes.
Class Logs
Excessive absences prompted Ms. Manley into action! Learn how her tip helps her diminish paperwork, increase make-up work efficiency, and save valuable time.
Class Newspaper
Students in Ms. Vanover class produce a class newspaper that not only sharpen their writing skills but also keep their parents informed of classroom news, activities and milestones.
Class Note
Students often think having a substitute teacher means all fun and games, but Mr. Myers has a tip that can help you keep them on track and well-behaved when you're absent.
Class Note Taker
How do you make sure that students who are absent get the materials they missed? Enlist another student's help! See how Ms. Caney makes students helping students work for her.
Class Secretary
Ms. Adman assigns her students leadership positions in her classroom. The secretary of the week takes class notes, records assignments and helps students who return from an absence.
Class Treasurer
Fundraisers can be frustrating and time-consuming. Read about Mr. Bird's tip and see if his advice can help you manaage your time while enlisting students for leadership roles in your classroom.
Class VIP
Ms. Mulholland selects a class VIP each day that helps with administrative classroom tasks. Read about how she chooses her classroom helper fairly and allows every student a chance to be a VIP.
Class Web Site
Ms. Maxwell helps parents connect with their child's school experience by keeping improtant information all in one place online. Read about her tip and see if it can work for you!
Classroom Bosses
Here’s a suggestion for developing a system of classroom helpers that puts this characteristic to good use. It helps students take more ownership of the classroom and allows them to give and show respect to each other.
Classroom Chat
Sharon ends each day ends on a positive note during a sit-down chat that builds trust and community amongst the whole class. Find out how she guides discussion in order to praise good behavior, resolve squabbles and prepare for the next day of learning.
Classroom Checkbooks
Mr. Lyon secures checkbooks and registers from a local bank, and then uses a clever system for paying students (he starts them at minimum wage) and then has them write monthly checks for expenses and even complete tax returns in April.
Classroom Discipline Book
If you're at the end of your rope with discipline issues, Ms. Martin has a book that she wants you to read. See if her tip can help you take control of your classroom
Classroom Discussions
From noise control to assembling groups of students, this tip will take the fristration out of having tho choose students. Read about the tip that Ms. Miller says has endless possiblities!
Classroom Help
Place an ad next year to hire classroom help. Motivate students to stay employed by doing a good job.
Classroom Lighting
Can setting a more peaceful ambience with lighting calm students down and get them to focus? Ms. Hakason says her student love it. See how she creates a warm, inviting classroom.
Classroom Mailing Center
Streamline your paperwork, quiet chatty students, and curb disruptive note passers with Ms. Myers’s nifty idea for a classroom mailing center.
Rubric for Classroom Presentations
Ms. Barnes and her team teacher use rubric scoresheets and have added a category that has helped improve classroom behavior.
Classroom Rules Pictures
Ms. Wimmer offers a unique tip for establishing classroom rules that makes then clear, uses simple language, and covers all the bases.
Clean Blackboards I
Here is a tip from Ms. Redmond that eliminates yucky wet cloths and sponges while keeping blackboards looking like new.
Clean Blackboards II
Looking for a classroom cleaner that is non-allergenic, fragrant, and really wroks? Ms. Willoughby shares a tried and true cleaning tip that was passed on to her by a veteran teacher.
Clean Books
Keeping books you bought with hard-to-get funds - or your own money - clean is a necessity. Here's a simple tip that goes a long way.
Clean Desks and Kids
Tired of cleaning up a messy class sink after a messy activity? Read about the simple step that Ms. Lochnoer employs that keeps the sink - and messy little hands - clean!
Clean Desks I
Here's a classroom clean-up tip from Ms. Paradiso that could save you some scrubbing time while teaching students responsibility!
Clean Desks II
Looking for a quick way to clean up marked-up desktops? Enlist your students, according to Ms. Winger! See if her cleaning tip can work in your classroom.
Clean Floors
Play Dough, paint and glue have a way of becoming smooshed disgustingness when they spill off work tables and onto your carpet. Here’s an easy way to protect your shag and make cleanup easier.
Clean Students
Here's a time-saver tip that can help you get students ready for lunch faster - and cleaner!
Clean Tables
Looking for an ecomonical way to keep students' work surfaces from getting dirty and marked up? Read about Stacy's "Clean Tables" tip and see if it can work for you!
Cleaning Desks
Who knew a beauty product could help you clean up your classroom? Ms. Melillo, that's who! Read about her tip and see if it can work for you!
Cleaning Dry Erase Boards
Using a permanent marker on dry white boards is a mistake that would take magic to fix, right? Ms. Claytonreally does use a bit of "Magic" - read about her tip here!
Cleaning Pencil Erasers
Do you ever throw away perfectly good pencils simply because the erasers have gone bad? Who wants to “fix” a mistake with a scruff mark? Ms. Comstock’s easy eraser cleaning tip is just what you need.
Cleaning Transparencies
Imagine never having to clean transparencie! Ms. Pinder doens't, and she shows you how and why in this tip!
Cleaning White Boards
Eventually, your whiteboard will have an unfortunate encounter with a permanent marker. But don't fret; Ms. Ahlgren's tip can make the "permanent" crisis a temporary one.
Cleaning with Wipes
Wipes are a standard cleaning supply in many classrooms, but Ms. Koch offers some uses for wipes that you may not have thought about. Happy cleaning!
Clear Boards for Overheads
I teach math using an overhead and have piles of transparencies to wash each day. They pile up! While shopping at my local office supply store, I found a CLEAR dry erase board that fits right on top o...
Clear Overlays
Ms. Burgraff has a unique tip that takes seating charts to a whole new level. Read about her tip and see if it can work for you!
Clipboards for Lefties
What an easy tip for left-handed note-takers! Read about Ms. Lee's clipboard tips that won't have lefties feeling left out!
Clips in a Bucket
Keeping track of choosing students for any activity is a challenge when some students are more willing than others to participate. Here's a cute and efficient tip from Ms. Bixler to make sure everyone gets called on!
Clothes Pins I
Does a timesaving way to take attendance sound good to you? Then read about Ms. Tihansky's tip and see how she does it!
Clothes Pins II
Need to save time in the morning? What educator doesn't? See how Ms. Dunham takes attendance with just a glance using this tip.
Coding on the Back
It is puzzle time, but your students work multiple puzzles on the same table. Which makes cleanup a real bear. Which pieces go into which boxes? Ms. Smith has the answer to this organizational and cleanup nightmare.
Coin Trays
In preparation for teaching math lessons and money skills, Ms. Locke has a unique solution for organizing her classroom’s play money. It’s simple and inexpensive. Find out how she does it.
Collaboration in the Classroom
Ms. Turnball has suggestions for connecting your classroom routines and procedures to real-world employment scenarios that will help students see their work – and their performance – in a new light, regardless of what subject you teach.
Collecting Orderly Papers
Here's a time-saving tip from Mr. Sensening that makes collecting student workmore orderly, and returning it more efficient!
Color Coding and Cardboard
Save time and cut down on lost supplies with Ms. Gates’ organizing techniques. A slew of color-coded folders and discarded soda pop cases is all it takes.
Color Coding Journals
Ms. Barry uses the colors of the rainbow to organize her students’ journals and to structure how she collects, responds to, and grades them.
Color Coding Lesson Plans
Ms. Heppinstill uses two everyday classroom supplies to save time and keep her on track.
Color Coding Your Answer Key
The tedium of grading tests can result in errors - your errors! Here's a tip from Ms.Gaines that could be the "key" to accurate grading.
Color Mixing with Frosting
Ms. Nayback has a sweet tip for her art learners to learn about primary colors, color mixing, and the color wheel.
Color-Coded Papers
Staying organized can be a challenge for any teacer. Ms. Meyer offers a tip that helps her and her students keep papers in order thoughout the year. Can her tip work for you?
Colored Cups Reduce Noise
Educators at Ms. Hebbe’s school have a method for keeping lunch room noise levels under control without saying a word.
Colored Glue
Sometimes it’s difficult for young children to see where glue was applied especially on a white background. Here’s a colorful solution that will stop excess glue seepage and cut down on waste.
Comfortable Clarinets
Does a portion of your woodwind section complain of sore thumbs? Put an end to clarinet blisters with this easy trick.
Comic Groups
Tired of pairing and grouping students by having them call off the alphabet, “A, B, C, B, C, etc.”? A bit of variety can help you mix up the groups and enliven the process. Ms. McCracken uses the funny papers. Find out how.
Communicating with ELL Students
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and Ms. Solano's tip might show you that a picture is priceless. See how she uses pictures to make ELL students feel at home while learning English
Communicating with Parents I
Ms. Charters offers some tried and true advice about communication with parents that not only saves time while keeping students, their families, and you on the same page.
Communicating with Parents II
Mr. Kohn does something every day that keeps students' families and extended families in the know. See what he does for 15 minutes daily that means the world to his students' families.
Guess What We Did at School This Week
With this weekly activity, Ms. Kohl’s students practice their recall and summarization skills. The result is student-authored bulletin for parents.
Communication from Beginning to End
The first week of school, Ms. Auman sends a brief questionnaire to her students’ parents. It helps her learn more about her students, but more importantly it opens dialogue with parents.
Comparing Poems
Now that some standardized tests have a poetry component, Ms. Robson's school adds a twist to learning about poems. Read about her tip and see if it can work for you!
Complete Stories
Ms. Pearson breaks down the parts of a story using strips of colored paper glued on a white copy sheet. Adopt Ms. Pearson’s cut and paste method to write color-coded holiday stories and decorate your classroom from top to bottom (or beginning to end)!
Compliment Bag
While student teaching in a 4th-5th grade split class, I found the idea of using a compliment bag handy. We had the students make and decorate a bag and hang them from each individual desk. Whenever a...
Compliment Door
Do you want your students to come through the door each morning with a positive attitude toward you, their peers and themselves? This activity will help you build character and self-esteem and teach good manners and etiquette.
Computer Class Organization
The computer lab can get cluttered before you know it. See how Ms.Stockton enlists - and motivates - her students to keep everything in good order.
Computer Lab Questions
Handling computer lab questions - especially from younger learners - can be daunting. In this tip, Ms. Maiers shares an idea that gets questions answered and teaches good lessons in waiting one's turn.
Computer Lab Scheduling
Scheduling for the computer lab can be crazy-making. Ms. Busch offers a tip that could create a smoother way to make sure your computer users get the time they need, and the peace of mind YOU need..
Computer Labels
Trinkets and messages of praise goes a long way in motivating students. See what Mr. Crutcher finds on the computer that works for him - and his students!
Computer Monitoring
SInce computer time can quickly turn into stuents' chatty time, wouldn't it be convenient to monitor and control behavior at each child' screen? Read about how Mr. Edwards does in a virtual way that gets real-time resuts!
Computer Stoplights
The computer lab can to go from calm to chaos in just minutes. Read about Ms. Steigerwalt's creative use of paper cups to keep the order.
Computer Template I
Ms. May saves hours of time with this tip that she uses for subsitute teacher as well as field trips. See if her time-saver can work for you!
Computer Template II
Mr. Berger has a quick and easy way to communicate to prepare substitutes for his classes. Read about his tip and see it it can work for you!
Computer Template III
Imagine no more frantic hurrying to leave plans for the sub! If Ms. Worthley needs to be absent on short notice, she uses this tip from her home to communicate her needs and keep everyone prepared. Read about it here!
Computer Template IV
Preparing plans for a sub can be time-consuming, espicially when you are very ill. Ms. Mitchell offers a time-saving tip that not only lays out the day in detail for her sub, but provides several days' plans should her absence be lengthy.
Computer Timelines
Learning about timelines can be a year 'round activity! See how Mr. Bloom's tip not only invovled the lesson but gives each student a memento of the school year to take home on the last day
Computerized Flashcards
Here's a great tip for making custom flash cards in a pinch! See how Mr. Brenner does it and if his tip can work for you!
Ms. Langenderfer put her own twist on the classic Concentration game. Students compete as teams while reviewing the entire year’s lessons, but in this game everybody wins.
Concentration Vocabulary Review
For this version of the classic Concentration game, all you need is an on old shoe bag, the kind with multiple pockets that you might hang from a door or coat rack. Well…. that and a room full of students ready for a fun learning game.
Conduct Cards
Sue never has to explain a child’s conduct grade to a parent. Her unique system for tracking students’ behavior with “conduct cards” holds them accountable and keeps their parents well-informed.
Connection Questions
Students sometimes complain that their studies are unrelated to the “real” world. Ms. Berkhof has three questions she uses to encourage students to think otherwise.
Constructing a New School Year
Ms. Labarry approaches the new school year as if she were building a house with her students. She works with them to build a strong classroom foundation based on healthy relations in order to avoid a collapse later in the year.
Constructing Geometrical Forms
Geometry isn't the easiest subject to learn - or teach! Here's a great tip from Mr. Cooley that gives his learners a creative task, as well as a unique, three-dimensional persepctive about geometric theories.
Context Clues
Here's a unique and fun way to get students to understand the meaning and importance of context. Read about Ms. Rogers' activity about 'frimps' and see if 'frimps' can work for you!
Controlling the Uncontrollable Class
We’ve all caught students misbehaving, but have you ever caught them cooperating? Mr. Edwards does it on a regular basis, and he’s used this strategy of positive rewards to tame his unruly classroom.
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.
Cooperative Colored Circles
What do the colors of a traffic light have to do with controlling noise elvels in the classroom? Ms. Wargo answers that - and an issue many teachers fight every day - in this tip!
Cooperative Groups
Ms. Horner's tip not only helps keep students on task, it teaches them responsibility and accountability. See if her tip can work for you!
Copied Inventories
In the event of a fire or storm, a school - and your classroom - can lose everything. This educator experienced such a tragedy and offers a thoughtful tip so you don't suffer the same outcome.
Copies Made Easier
Ms. Blair got tired of running to the copy room for just a few copies so she made an investment that she says has been worth every penny.
Copies of Lesson Plans
Ms. Parks uses a paperwork mandate at her school to her advantage. Read about how she saves time and improves upon lessons each time they are taght in this tip.
Copy Box
Ms. Eller grew tired of needing a pencil, or a ruler, or a sticky note whenever she went to the copy room. See what she does now that makes the copy room visit short and sweet - no matter what supply she needs!
Correcting Handwriting
Is cursive writing a lost art? In Ms. Gaji's class it's not, and she's got some great tips for teaching it. Read about them here.
Counting Birds
Ms. Daniel’s class participates in a birding event in which her students count birds, draw pictures, and write stories. The event is coordinated online, where students can enter results of their counting and submit photos.
Counting Coins
Looking for a new way to teach math and money skills? Ms. Bockhorst shares a fun activity that can be used with students throughout the entire school year – all you need is a bit of spare change.
Counting Combinatorics
In Mr. Braun's class, math learners get down to a good ol' game of cards to introduce them to an adanced unit. See if his tip can work for you!
Covering Boards
When Mr. Bechler was asked to cover his bulletin boards over the summer, he thought of a great way to get it done while also saving money for his school!
Cozy Old and New Teachers
It’s easy to become so focused on our students that we sometimes forget that new teachers also need love, support and nurturing. This veteran teacher shares her strategies for welcoming new teachers to her school and making them feel comfortable.
Group-Created Science Definitions
Mr. Hendrix uses a unique activity to introduce science concepts to his students. It involves small and large group work, so it can be used as a great icebreaker activity to start the year, though it will also work all year round.
Creating Your Own School Bells
Do you have a constant stream of students coming and going out of the classroom for special activities, nurse visits, trips to the library, etc.? Mr. Edwards has a simple, free suggestion for reminding everyone where they’re supposed to be and when.
Creative Grouping
Ms. Behrens offers 10 creative ways to group and pair students. They promise more variety, so students will learn to work with different personalities and learning styles, and get to know each other better. Best of all: they’re fun!
Creative Map Making
This is a geography lesson that may be as fun as it is effective! See how Ms. Greenburg's school combines map-making, crafts, and state pride for an activity the whole school gets to see.
Creative Research Papers
Mr. Beachey revamped the standard research paper assignment, adding a new twist that combines rigorous research methods with creative writing and imaginative thinking. Students are more engaged with their papers, and he’s more engaged with reading them.
Credit Card Debt Simulation
This in-depth activity impresses upon students the importance of using credit cards wisely. They learn to calculate late penalties, interest and minimum payments, and along the way they discover the true cost of a pair of sneakers.
Crime Lab Science
Mr. Hurley figured out what lab activities created the most enthusiasm with his science learners and created a cross-curricular approach that has caught attention throughout his region. Read about his tips right here!
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Fill in the last few minutes of each day with this game that makes questions easy to ask (great for you!) but the answers something to think about (great for students!).
Crossword Puzzle Software
Working the crossword puzzle can build vocabulary and problem-solving skills. Ms. Jones offers a great tip for educators who use crosswords as teaching tools.
Current Events
Having trouble keeping your current events curriculum current? Enlist your students! See how Ms. Roberts gets students involved, learning, and sharing the day's headlines.
Cursive Playdough
Ms. Herring uses this tip with her hearing impaired students, but this tip can work in every class. Read her tip that taps students' creativity to teach cursive!