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If You Can Hear Me...
If you work with primary grades you might be familiar with a popular chant used to quiet noisy students: “If you can hear me, clap once. If you can hear me, clap twice.” Debra has a great twist on this strategy that works well with high school students.
Interview Skills
This fun, skill-intensive project focuses on interviewing and presentation skills, and will help students stay engaged and focused as spring fever starts to kick in. Everyone gets involved — no slackers allowed!
Independent Starters
Preparing for a substitute educator to take over her classroom is easy for Denise because of a simple procedure she incorporates into her daily routine. Find out how she does it.
Is That a Funny Joke?
Ms. Perkins likes to use a good joke to revive her class when students become tired. But there is more to it than that. Find out how Ms. Perkins uses simple jokes to expand vocabulary, improve conversational skills, and explore the nature of humor.
iPhone and iPad App Reviews
Ms. Klinger has an innovative idea for teaching practical reading and writing skills. Students try and write review of new educational apps for iPhones and iPads. They are excited to learn new technology and surprised by the new skills they develop.
In Charge of Seating
For years, I have used Harry Wong's technique very successfully: Greeting the student at the door, with a smile and a handshake, sets up an amicable relationship, but the assigned seats...
Independent Technology Time
I am able to give them assignments that can be completed using the computer while they’re waiting for others to finish a class assignment...
Independent Reading Time
From the very beginning of the year, I teach my students to be independent workers. I systematically teach, model, and practice how they are to utilize their independent time...
In-Class Discipline
I recommend trying discipline that does not involve sending students to the office. In my experience...
Improve Communication with Free PDF Maker
I have found over the years that the more information and help a parent and student can find on your Web site, the less difficulties, emails, phone calls and struggles there will be during the year. My Web site has, in PDF format...
Interwrite Learning Board
I just got the Interwrite Learning Board this year and don't know how I lived without it.
Integrated Pumpkin Activities
A creative teacher suggests some fun ways to celebrate and learn about Halloween with a multi-disciplinary unit of study. Find out how she uses pumpkins, Fibonacci, and the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, to throw the perfect Pumpkin Party!
I Learned Letters
I help parents connect with their child's school experience by having the students write a letter to their parents each week on the back of my classroom newsletter. In the beginning of the year, the s...
I Love Angry Parents
Ms. Troyer loves working with angry parents! Read how she effectively disarms parents on a short fuse and becomes their ally in correcting problem areas for the child.
I Love to Read Month
At Town Point Elementary, students celebrate I Love to Read Month with a Lincoln Penny Day. Ms. Dreibelbis describes how the students are excited to read books, collect pennies, and use proceeds to restock the school library.
I Need Three Pencils
I write, 'I need 3 pencils' on address labels. When the problem occurs, the child can get a sticker off the posted sheets at the end of the day and wear it home. Older children can stick the reminder ...
I Read, You Read, We Read
If you’re working with a younger student who speaks very little English, the biggest thing you need to remember is vocabulary. Buy many pads of sticky notes and, as you are adding vocabulary words, wr...
I Spy Collages
My students love the I Spy books by Walter Wick. They've nearly worn out the pages from many of the books! As a result of their interest in reading and in searching for the hidden objects in these boo...
I Walk the Line
To help students remember how to read simple terms such as repeat signs, D.C. al Fine, Fine, etc. I tell them that reading them is like reading a map and following the signs. I give students 'street s...
ID Cards
Many, if not all of us, have to wear an ID badge at school these days. Take your class list and minimize it so it fits on the back of your badge. During fire drills or emergencies, and anywhere you go...
Idea Box
We put a box beside our copy machine for student and new teachers and put extra copies of things we've made into it. Many ideas are shared around the copy machine. I also make it a point to ask new te...
Ideas for Your Sewing Class
When I taught sewing in home economics (so long ago it was a required course!), our teacher devoted the first few minutes of the class to a basic skill, i.e., how to sew a dart, insert a sleeve, topst...
Identifying Troublemakers
To help the lunchroom monitor, all our children wear a clip with their name. A basket is brought to the lunchroom by the line leader of each room. If the monitor has trouble with a student she takes t...
If the Shoe Fits
Ms. Kast leads her fifth-grade class in a unique shoe-sorting activity on the first day of school. It culminates in an art project that decorates her bulletin board.
Imaginary Animals
Here's what we did Friday, a beautiful fall day. We went outside for 10 minutes to walk around the building. Each person had to collect a handful of colorful leaves, pine needles, twigs, and mum bloss...
Importance of PowerPoint
When I teach my students how to use PowerPoint, I tell them how my husband and daughter use them at work. I also show them some slides written by a researcher from a study my students participated in ...
Important Household Compounds
When I teach compounds in chemistry, I make stations in my lab where students work with different household products. They make a list of all the compounds in common products such as toothpaste, soap,...
Impromptu Plays
Ms. Herring plans an “out-of-desk” activity that’s fun for students and easy for substitute educators to deliver. Find out how she prepares for unexpected absences with a great bag of tricks any teacher would love to use.
Improving Geography Quizzes
I use post-it notes for quizzing students on geographical locations. I start by writing large numbers on the post-it notes, then
Improving Literacy
One of our school-wide goals last year (we are a middle school of grades 6, 7, and 8) was to improve reading scores. We had 13-year-old students who were reading at the second and third grade levels; ...
Independent Thinkers I
Periodically, I have students who ask exorbitant amounts of questions, either for lack of using their skills to figure out an answer or for attention. I developed a plan to curb this behavior. When ap...
Independent Thinkers II
Standards demand that content be placed in an environment where children discover processes and results on their own. Whenever children raise a question, I allow them the opportunity to answer themsel...
Individual White Boards
Individual white boards can be used for obtaining feedback from students. You can make inexpensive individual white boards by using Formica sheets available from home improvement or hardware stores. C...
Inexpensive Boarders
After fourteen plus years of teaching and purchasing nearly all of the bulletin board border patterns available (not to mention going broke in the process), I came up with the answer to expensive bord...
Inexpensive Incentive Labels
I make incentive labels on my school computer. I vary the fonts and use colorful clip art. This is a great way to send a variety of messages to students without spending much money.
Inexpensive White Boards
Need individual white boards? Go to your local home center and head for the bath department. Ask for the white board you can write on. Usually it is in one big piece for about ten dollars. Have the wo...
Info Magnets
While student teaching, my mentor laminated decorative notepaper (to match the school's theme for the year) and attached magnets to the back. We wrote our contact information on the front with permane...
Author Info & Trivia Search
Ms. Atlee begins new language arts units with a research assignment that piques students’ interest and prepare them for their reading. Individual students learn basic research methods, and the whole class ends up with an Author Trivia File.
In-School Suspension
I used to do our after school suspension program. It was the rule that there was no sleeping, doodling, etc. If students didn't have any work with them, I would assign some. I got copies of worksheets...
Insect Collection
I have my students do an insect collection as part of an entomology unit. They are required to collect insects (no more that two individuals of the same species) and group them according to order. The...
Inside Voices
One of the first things I teach my kids is how to use their inside voices, and how to talk to their neighbors. They're not allowed to get out of their seats, and they can only talk to someone sitting ...
Instant Lessons
By the end of the year, I accumulated a pile of lesson activity sheets that had been copied, but I did not get a chance to use them. Instead of discarding them, I put them into clear Ziploc bags (alon...
Integrating Hansel and Gretel Across the Curriculum
I read Hansel and Gretel to my class and then we graph colors and shapes. The students' objective is to make a pattern of shapes and colors showing how they would get from their house to the witch's h...
Integrating Technology and Writing Composition
Teaching students to compose an essay can be a daunting task. For the past two years, our district has implemented Write On (http://jc-schools.net/write/), an innovative staff development project that...
Internet Exchange Concert
Our band is going to have an Internet Exchange Concert this year. The student band officers are emailing other band directors in the area to arrange for an exchange concert. The students have a form l...
Internet Pen Pals
If you're looking for a good Internet pen-pal resources, there is a website, think.com, that only schools may join. Each student must be assigned a number, and there must be a monitor to post writing/...
Internet Scavenger Hunt
During my media technology class in college, we had to make Internet scavenger hunts. The teacher presents pre-screened websites pertaining to a certain subject matter. Students are directed to type i...
Interview Preparation: Create an E-folio
My advice to anyone preparing to interview for a teaching job is: be prepared, be early, and be memorable. To make myself memorable I did the following: When, last year, I decided to move across count...
Interviewing Business People
To help my students understand the importance of basic skills in the workplace, I have them interview parents, tradesmen, business people, teachers and other professionals. Through these interviews my...
Introducing Keyboarding
One of my responsibilities is to introduce keyboarding, even to our kindergarten and first graders, and a large challenge is to get the kids to type with two hands. In addition to using some keyboardi...
Introducing New Sounds
There is a letter-sound order reading specialists use to teach reading. Although some publishers vary it a bit to fit their own philosophy, everyone seems to go back to the research done in the 1920's...
Introducing Social Studies
Here's a tip I got from some great teachers at the California Council for the Teaching of Social Studies for introducing students to the concept of social studies. I learned of the G.P.E.R.S. (pronoun...
Inventors’ Center
Challenge your students to get creative in an inventor’s center. Learn how Mrs. Weight inspires the budding scientists, inventors and artisans in her classroom — and unleashes their creativity.
Irregular Plural Nouns with a Bit of Holiday Spirit!
Ms. Hyler, a learning disabilities specialist and fourth-grade teacher, has created a unique version the song The Twelve Days of Christmas. With costumes, signing and movement, it is not only memorable but provides multi-sensory approach.
It Can Be
Ms. Klock sets up a classroom store, teaches money skills and lays the ground work for an effective discipline policy with her own unique twist on a common classroom activity. Find out how she does it.