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How to Make Detention Work
Detention works best when it adheres to a process that allows for immediate correction, appropriate time for reflection and restitution, and follow up strategies to make sure the student is welcomed back into class and that good behavior is recognized.
Helping Students Succeed
Barb offers suggestions for helping students who are not performing up to standard. She offers great advice for working with students, parents and administrators to get the job done.
High School Ticket Rewards
Barb has some creative ways she rewards her high school math students for good behavior and preparedness for class. She offers incentives, such as the Two Minute Free Tardy Pass and 1/2 = 1 Whole Pass.
Heartfelt Help for Haiti
Our students created a school project called Heats for Haiti and raised $1,193.55, which they donated to the Red Cross. Our school staff...
Humane Gifts
Instead of exchanging gifts with each other at school, classroom throughout Ms. K.’s school conduct a community service project that benefits the local humane society. Find out how they do it.
Helping Parents Help Their Child
Mr. Wilson avoids problems, conflicts and power struggles with parents by finding common ground with them: their child’s success. His parent-teacher conferences are critical to establishing that common ground.
Hardwaria
"I did a taxonomy activity in which I had my students devise a classification system for a box of nuts, bolts, screws, nails and other hardware in the Kingdom 'Hardwaria.'
Hanging Posters
Many schools were built using cinder block walls.These walls can be a challenge when trying to hang posters since it seems that nothing sticks to the cinder blocks. The answer is to use a hot glue gun.
Handing Back Student Work
I have some unruly groups who cannot manage even one minute of unstructured time. Handing back papers can turn into mayhem in seconds! To expedite this process, I take a couple of minutes to stack the papers in seating-arrangement order so that I can hand
Half Birthdays
I make sure everyone's birthday is special by recognizing children's half birthdays. If a child has a birthday during the summer vacation, we celebrate the half birthday (you could do the same thing w...
Hall Passes by Students
Ms. Granger couldn’t afford to spend so much class time writing hall passes, so she came up with this alternative plan. Her procedure for hall passes is student-driven and non-disruptive. Learn how she does it.
Hand on the Heart
I ask my students to put their hand on their hearts when they would like to share something rather than raising their hands which can be disruptive. This works for me and the kids seem to like it.
Hanging Book List
Each morning, the students in my class announce the books they finished reading the night before and give brief summaries. They often recommend a book to a friend saying, 'You would enjoy this book be...
Hanging Communication Pockets
I went out and bought an inexpensive 24-pocket shoe hanging organizer. I wrote each student's name on a calendar cutout figure or themed card and put the cards into the pocket fronts, either arranging...
Hanging Laminated Posters
For an easy solution to hanging laminated posters and other pieces, try Scotch Tear By Hand Packaging Tape. The regular packaging tape does not hold to walls but the Tear By Hand Packaging Tape will u...
Hanging Posters on Cement Walls
To hang posters on cement walls, I laminate the posters and put Velcro fuzzy loop side) on the back of each in strategic places. I also stick Velcro (rough hook side) to the walls the same distance ap...
Hanging Posters on Cinder Block Walls
I found out how to hang posters on cement cinder block walls. I laminate my posters and put masking tape on the edges of the backside. I put white school glue on the tape and hold it on the wall for a...
Hanging Student Work
I have painted cinder block walls in my classroom and I found that charts stay on the wall better with hot glue than with stick tack. To display student work, I hot glued clothespins to the wall in al...
Hatching Sea Monkeys
Sea monkeys can be fun class pets, and they don’t make much noise! Find out how Ms. Sandhorst uses them in a science unit to study crustaceans, hybrid breeding and new species. Her class has even taught sea monkeys how to do tricks!
Healthy Hearts
Ms. Ross celebrates Valentine Day by teaching her class about heart health. She has a favorite heart-healthy lessons plan, which she integrates with a heart-healthy Valentine Day party.
Heart Healthy
When studying heart healthy nutrition, two school nurses come to my class to review the importance that normal blood pressure has in a healthy lifestyle. They take the blood pressure of every student ...
Helping Children Resolve Problems
Ms. Williams encourages her students to resolve their own conflicts and problems in the classroom. She uses a variety of strategies to create open and structured lines of communication, but we like Mr. Mouse the best.
Helping Other Teachers
As a special education teacher who works with first grade, I am always looking for ways to promote goodwill between regular and specialists. One of the complaints voiced in our building is that regula...
Helping Students to Remember
Ms. Lozoya has a few strategies for helping students remember what they’ve learned, including inexpensive incentives, fun learning games, and some nifty routines and procedures that reinforce skills and increase their knowledge.
Helping the Humane Society
While reading 'Where the Red Fern Grows' this year, my students wanted to save up money to buy a dog. I told them that we couldn't buy a dog, but we could help dogs in need. We all decided to raise mo...
Hide-a-Way Curtain
My classroom has very little storage so in order to hide all my boxes, I made a floor length rod-pocket curtain out of colorful material and hung it on a suspension rod between two file cabinets. I st...
High School Clean Up
Years ago I learned this trick from an amazing fellow teacher. A minute prior to the dismissal of a class, inform students that their ticket out of class is X pieces of trash. Vary the number each day...
Highlighted Names
Are you tired of collecting papers with no names and spending valuable time trying match papers and students? Ms. Dobosz has a quick and easy solution that highlights that problem.
Historical Searches
I designed two Internet searches that introduce students to two great Americans. One is a Civil War hero, Joshua Chamberlain, and the other is an American Indian named Chief Joseph. This assignment wa...
History Pen Pals
My history students email a fellow history student at another high school. They each write a weekly report on what they learned in American history class. At the end of the nine weeks, the students me...
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.
Holiday Shopping
We are on year round school and my class is off for December so I usually skip holiday stuff. This year, while struggling to teach my students not only to count money, but to add and subtract it, I hi...
Holiday Songs
During my 27 1/2 years of teaching, I've always enjoyed creating and improvising songs to help my students understand and enjoy special music for holiday celebrations. I discovered that many of my ver...
Holiday Writing
Ms. Murphy has a great bookmaking activity for the week leading up to winter break. Based on the popular Chicken Soup book series, the project includes writing essays, poems and word puzzles. The finished product makes a great gift for a family member.
Homemade Offices
Ms. Wimmer made her own study carrels from recycled materials. Learn about the inexpensive way she created privacy barriers using only cardboard boxes and pretty contact paper.
Homework Assistant
Weekly, I elect a teacher assistant who sits at a special computer desk that has office supplies available. This student has a small spiral notebook entitled 'Homework Log' in which assignments for th...
Homework Bingo
Ms. Mellon motivates her students to complete homework assignments with a Bingo game for the whole class. Read about how they earn rewards as they try to get 5 across the board.
Homework Box
Teaching 130 middle schoolers makes it difficult to keep track of who was absent and for how many days in order to remind students of the work to be made up. Instead of assuming all the responsibility...
Homework Buddies
My colleagues and I team teach so our students are regrouped for every class. Each student has at least one other person with whom they have the same schedule. Whenever a student is absent, another ta...
Homework Calls
When my students don't turn in a homework assignment, they must call home while the rest of the students are working on the class opener. Depending on the age of the student and the frequency of misse...
Homework Cards
When students don't turn in homework, they are given a homework card. On this card, they write their name, date, assignment and the reason they did not complete it. Every grading period they may get u...
Homework Chart
I have a homework chart that has five rows and five columns. Each time a homework assignment is turned in on time, the student gets a sticker. When one row is filled with stickers, the student earns a...
Homework Club
I have a 'homework club' on fridays which is the last hour of the day. Everyone that gets all their work done is in the club. Those that have 'chosen' not to get it done have the hour to finish all th...
Homework Completion Incentive
Ms. Yates has students who have trouble completing homework consistently, so she developed an incentive plan that not only encourages students to complete assignments on time each day but also focuses their attention on tests and quizzes.
Homework Coupon Book
I give out a coupon book to my students every year at Christmas. They get coupons for ten, twenty and thirty point homework excuses, as well as a coupon to eat lunch with me. They can use these any ti...
Homework Excuse Notes
Students who do not have their homework must fill out a homework excuse note. I circle the missing subject at the top and write the page numbers of the assignment. There is space below that states, 'T...
Homework Grades
I found a way of dealing with homework grades that works well with my philosophy of grading. I see homework as a student's first attempt to independently practice the things I taught in class that day...
Homework in Advance
A few years ago, one of my seniors said that she really didn't mind doing my homework but on some days it was hard because...
Homework Jail/Reward Day
Occasionally, my team will have a Homework Jail/Reward Day. Those who have no missing work are treated to a movie and those with missing work are doomed to another classroom for a study hall to catch ...
Homework Lotto
I use a homework lotto to get my students to submit homework in a timely fashion. I made a grid with a letter and number assigned to each square. If students submit a complete and neat assignment on t...
Homework Pass
At the beginning of the year, I tell my classes that any students who complete all the homework assignments will receive a free homework pass at the end of the marking period. The pass can be redeemed...
Holiday Homework Pass
To accommodate the busy holiday season, Ms. Kasse awards students (and their parents) one free pass, which not only helps her students but builds good will with grateful parents.
Homework Portfolio
In order to help my students turn in their homework on time, I keep a working portfolio for each student. Once a week, they update their homework and classwork assignment sheets. A running list of all...
Homework Quizzes
Since I have 3-4 preps each year and need to keep class work for continuing, multi-part lessons as well as for absent students, I have come to rely heavily on an overhead projector and plastic sheets....
Homework Stickers
I tell my students that if everyone hands in the homework assignments, they will each receive a sticker.
Homework Study Buddies
I've had success with homework completion by pairing students (or three/group if numbers are not even) as 'study buddies.' At the end of the day there is organizational time, when buddies check with e...
Homework Teams
I assign daily homework. In order to make it more fun, I separate each class into groups of four or five students to make 'spirit teams'. I keep a 'Team Spirit' bulletin board posted on which I have s...
Homework Teams
In order to encourage my students to turn their homework in on time, I use a system of teams and points. If every member of the team has their homework, the team is rewarded twenty points. If one pers...
Homework Tip
This year, we returned to school to find phones in our rooms with a voice mail system. When school started, I sent a letter to all parents letting them know I would enter each day's assignments into m...
Hook Tape
I have painted cinder blocks for walls and found that the backing for the 3M removable hooks work great to hang up laminated posters. The hook tape is similar to double stick tape but has a pull-tab t...
Hooking Readers
I recommend Monster by Walter Dean Myers as a reading choice. Every class I have read it with have always loved it. Just by hooking the kids with an interesting warm-up, half of the work is done for y...
Hot Dog Party
Ms. White throws a Hot Dog Party to reinforce six elements of written composition. Starting with the hot dog, and including the bun, condiments and every other food and drink item, each part of the meal correlates to a well-written composition.
Hot Gifts
Using supplies readily available at the local home improvement store (ceramic tiles, acrylic paint sealer, felt squares), Ms. Stumpf works with her 2nd-grade students on a fun, practical holiday craft project.
Hotdogs and Hamburgers
Here's a tip for giving directions for folding paper.  It's fun and easy, and everyone can relate to this. When students ask, 'How do I fold the paper, the long way or sideways?' tell them to fold the...
How to Bring a Book to Class
Students often forget to bring their books to class (and to follow other basic classroom rules). Here’s how we solve the problem at my school. We 'reteach' the expectation on the student's time. In th...
How to Learn 150 Names in a Week
I photocopy my seating charts onto transparencies and put colored paper behind them. I use a different colored paper for each class. The charts are magnetized and I leave them up on the blackboard all...
How to Make an American Flag
As a way to honor president's day, my first grade class creates their own homemade American flag. This flag is made using a full flat white bed sheet and red, white & blue Crayola Tempera paint. Befor...
Hurricane Season
In the beginning of the school year, I introduce hurricanes in Puerto Rico to the students. The class explores weather conditions in the tropic using the Internet. We discuss the research we do on the...