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Keeping a Germ-Free Classroom
It’s cold and flu season, and Ms. Cashell has the perfect prescription to help keep your classroom germ free and healthy.
Keeping Conversion Straight
I taught general math and pre-algebra over the years and found my students had difficulty converting decimals and percents back and forth. To help them keep the conversion straight, I would tell them ...
Keeping Kudos
Mr. Hrbacek has a routine and procedure that inspires him throughout the year, helps him turn bad days into good ones, and sometimes keeps him out of trouble.
Keeping Master Copies
I make a master copy of all the items that I frequently use, such as attendance and story maps, on very pale pastel paper. Then, when I am handing out papers to the class, I know not to hand out my or...
Keeping Materials Handy
We have a good idea for saving time and allowing us to give faster feedback to children as we move through our classroom. We use a three-pocket apron...
Keeping Science Papers on Hand
One of the most difficult organizational challenges I had was helping my seventh grade science students keep track of their science work while also giving me the flexibility and freedom to check their...
Keeping Students Busy
There are always students who finish my exams before the exam period is over while other students need the full period to work. I save the Sunday comics from the newspaper each week. When students fin...
Keeping Students On Task
A nice addition to my bag of tricks has been a small kitchen timer for use in getting students to pay attention to the task at hand and not waste time. I set a specific time limit on many tasks and I'...
Keeping Track of Assignments
Each summer I prepare a term-by-term work calendar for all my students. In September I give them a term calendar for Sept., Oct., Nov., and Dec., which includes specific, day-by-day reading assignment...
Keeping Track of In-Service Paperwork
Ms. Gillies used to get frustrated at the end of the school trying to remember the details of her in-service training work. Now it’s a breeze, after she developed a standard form to record all particulars and started using a 3-ring binder to store them.
Keeping Track of Masters
I use a yellow highlighter to mark the corners of my master copies which gets the originals back into my file and not passed out to the students. The yellow does not copy when reproducing. When sharin...
Keeping Track of Notes
I decided that I was sick of sixth graders losing handouts and other papers I gave them for their binders. I asked everyone to bring in a green folder (we color code our subjects - green for science)....
Keeping Track of Student Progress
I use an index card system that helps the students keep track of their progress, acts like a seating chart for the sub, and can be used for giving rewards or identifying behavior problems. I made a wo...
Keeping Up with Equipment
Before setting out equipment on the supply table, I put down a piece of newsprint. I outline each piece so that at the end of the period, I can see at a glance if anything is missing.
Kelley Kash
Accentuate the positive whenever possible! During the last trimester of the school year, when behaviors can become more problematic, I keep morale high by implementing 'Kelley Kash' (my last name is K...
Ketchup, Mustard and Relish
Provide a folder for each student with a graphic of a mustard, ketchup, and relish bottle on the folder. This is the 'Must-do, Catch-up, and Relish' or Ketchup, Mustard, and Relish folder. Place all m...
Key Ring Cards
I keep a 4 x 6 card on each student with their names, DOB, phone numbers, parent's names and cell phone numbers, e-mail addresses, their class book numbers and supplies. I keep the cards on a key ring...
Keyboarding
As I observe the techniques my keyboarding students have, there are three things that are very difficult for them to change when they finally take a formal keyboarding class: 1) using the little finge...
Keyboarding Skills
I have a great, active tip for teaching keyboarding skills. It came from a workshop with Dr. Jean Feldman. Use an overhead projector to project a transparency of a keyboard onto a shower curtain liner...
Keyboarding with Boxers
To encourage my keyboarding students to learn good touch keying and not look at their fingers, I ask them to bring a cute pair of boxer shorts to class. They put the computer keyboard through the elas...
Kickball Incentive
Anyone who has completed homework all week gets to play kickball on Friday afternoons. Fewer and fewer children are on the sidelines; they want to play ball!
Kids Read Across America
Students celebrate Dr. Seuss birthday (March 2) by reading their way across the United States with this activity that combines reading and geography.
Kind Compliments
This is a strategy I use for teaching children to give and receive compliments. I choose a student of the week and make a colorful poster on which I write a few specific compliments about the student....
Kind Kids
I am someone who wants to promote kindness in our world, and what better place to start than with our children. I have two Random Act of Kindness students each week rather than Star of the Week. The w...
Kindergarten Journaling
Kindergarten journal writing can be a challenge! To stimulate both interest and writing skills, I have my students build the structure of their own design during center time. Then I have them draw the...
Kindness Bank
In my classroom, I had a Kindness Bank which sat on my desk with a basket of pennies beside it. At the beginning of each year, the children and I would discuss what acts of kindness are and how we mig...
Kindness Club
I recognize random acts of kindness in my classroom. I write the student's name, date and act of kindness on an index card, and...
Kiosk Display
One open house, I ran out of bulletin board space and still wanted to display many of my snapshots that were taken during the year. I thought about building a Kiosk using butcher paper. Here's how to ...
Knead Help with Fidgety Fingers?
Many students have to have something in their hands to calm themselves so they can focus on tests or listen in class. A non-messy manipulative solution is a knead eraser from the art supply store. Abo...
Knightly Actions
Ms. Gealt has a unique, highly creative way of motivating students and rewarding their positive behavior. There are knights in her classroom, along with a round table. She even uses a scepter. King Arthur would approve.