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Making Magnets II
Here's a tip for the beginning of the school year that Ms. Kelley uses as a gift for students to take home. It's a nice icebreaker and a great way to begin building a connection to parents.
Making Cultural Connections Through Kid-friendly Journalism
Teaching elementary learners to appreciate current events can be challenging, Employ these tips to help connect your young students to the world around them - by showing them a glimpse of themselves!
Mix It Up (Or Not) To Stop Cheating
How can you prevent wandering eyes during test time? Here's how one teacher has put the kibosh on cheating.
Marking In-Class Work
Draw the line on how much you need to re-check your students’ in-class work with this simple tip. Know at a glance whose paper you looked at and how much of their work you reviewed.
Managing Group Discussions
Facilitating large group discussions can present a unique challenge: how do you quiet talkative students and keep everyone on point without disrupting the conversation? Debra has just the trick.
Make Your Own Whiteboards
Frustrated by whiteboards that didn’t fit her space and that were too worn to clean properly, Ms. Duso decided to create her own. She shares an easy, inexpensive way to make your own whiteboards.
Movement Break Momentum
Looking for an easy way to prevent misbehavior and keep students focused and on-task? Ms. Keller’s “movement breaks” could be just what you need.
Mystery Skype
Looking for a great way to not only teach Geography skills and create global connections? Lean how your class can connect with another class somewhere in the world. Your students will have to guess where!
Musical Motivation Across the Curriculum
Mr. Young suggests creative ways elementary school music teachers can help their students excel not only in music class but in other subjects as well. From teaching individual song lyrics to creating entire themed musicals, the whole school gets involved.
Making Vocabulary Come to Life
When Barb B. was looking for a dynamic way to teach vocabulary, she found it in her school's drama department. Se hos he incorporated basic acting techniques and why it's working for her - and her students!
Middle Marking Period Conferences
To make the most of parent conferences, this educator and her collegues schedule them at a time of year that `allows time to implement strategies to help students become more successful
Math Autobiography
In order to learn more about her budding mathematicians, Marybeth L. asks her new students each year to write about their experiences in math classes: the good, the bad, the ugly.
Monitor from Behind
When Mr. Groth monitors the class from behind rather than from his desk at the front, he gets a bird's eye view of the whole class and can catch the stray eyeball or suspicious hand movements. See how else his tip keeps student cheating to a minimum.
Magnet Sentences
Ms. Anton cuts letters and words from advertising magnet cards that businesses hand out, or those that are attached to phone books. See what she does next that helps her students assemble sentences or create poems.
Me on the Map
Ms. Poastman recommends "Me on the Map" for teaching kindergarteners about maps. Using the book, she created a project that covers writing, skip counting, reading, and of course, map skills. Can her tip work for you?
Make-Up File
Ms. De Weese offers a great ip that helps absent students or new students catch up on classwork. Read about her tip here and see if you can make it work for you.
Mercy Moment Extra Credit
Ms. Jackson doesn't give extra credit. Instead, she created "Mercy Moments". See how it works for her and why her students - and their parents - love it!
Magazines Spur Interest in Reading
If you work with older students who need remedial work on their reading skills, these suggestions might help. See how Mr. Schulte made them work for him.
Magic Chalk
Mr. Womack discovered something "magical" about the BIG porous sidewalk chalk. Read about what it is about this chalk that's fun and adds a little humor to the class.
Magic Cream
When Ms. Kubiak's students feel the need to show her the tiniest little scrape or "boo boo" for some attention, it's Magic Cream to the rescue! See how she makes their "pain" disappear and also gives the kids some one-on-one time with her.
Magnetic Lunch Choices
Tallying students' lunch choices can take a lot of your valuable time. So Ms. Briem decided to leave most of the task to her students. Read about her tip, here.
Magnetic Schedule
Ms. Zorger created an at-a-glance schedule for students to view each day. When there is a special event on the schedule, the students spot it right away. See if this tip can work for you!
Magnetized Nametags
Ms. Redmond uses tagboard and business cards. What she does after that helps her monitor attendance and facilitates a graph lesson! Read about her tip, here.
Magnified Reading
Ms. Modder’s special education class is easily distracted during sustained silent reading. To complicate matters, several students must read aloud to aid comprehension. What to do? Discover how she solved the problem with some inexpensive PVC piping.
Mailing Label Paper Trackers
Looking for a way to organize paperwork when documenting progress for these grades? Ms. King's tip may be able to help. Read more!
Make Room for Skinny Posters
Ms. Gover discovered a way to fit twice as many self-created posters on her small bulletin board. Read about how these skinny posters contain the same important information in less space.
Make-Up Binder
Ms. Meredith has finally discovered a method for keeping track of absent students’ make-up work. It’s simple, all it takes is a common notebook, and best of all, it places onus on the absent student for discovering what she missed.
Makeshift Poster Storage
Don't throw away those cardboard tubes from paper towels or toilet tissue rolls! Ms. Hart says they are ideal for poster storage - especially during Summer pack-up.
Make-Up Memo
Since Ms. Brockel's school is departmentalized, students need to check with four teachers when they are absent. To make gathering make-up work easier, she employs this tip.
Make-Up Work
Getting absent students' work to them during class takes up a lot of time. Ms. Mast developed a system that leaves no excuse for the work not to be completed by the next class session. Check out her tip and see if it can work for you!
Make-Up Work Calendar
Ms. Rhodes's tip for make-up work promotes self-discipline and responsibility. Her students have adapted well and the feedback from parents has been very positive. See if her tip can work for you!
Make-Up Work Notebook
Ms. Finney offers a great way to recycle and put responsibility on the students for making up absent work. Best of all, it saves her lots of time. Read about her tip and see if it can work for you.
Making a Match
Ms. Bridges uses note cards for this creative tip. See the game she created that sends students on a mini scavenger hunt that includes cross-curricular lessons, too!
Making Book Covers
Ms. Kast’s students are beautifying library books one at a time with a project that encourages them to read their way through the school collection and leave their mark for others to enjoy.
Making Bookmarks
As a librarian, Ms. Curtis is often asked for bookmarks. Read about how she goes all out for the perfect activity for students and gift for techers!
Making Connections
Ms. Maartin used to think talking off the topic was an intrusion. But research has led her to see it as a good thing. See how she made a valuable connection that has enhanced her performance as a teacher and her students' success as learners.
Making Good Decisions
Ms. Ross offers a great tip to develop students' money skills while motivating them to practice good behavior. Best of all, kids get to spend her "Decision Dollars" at the classroom "Dollar Store"!
Making Magnets
Wish you had more magnets for attaching student work to your white board? Ms. Galbreath attaches stickers to old refrigerator magnets. Read more about her tip and how it works for her!
Making Time for Your Prep Work
This tip enables teachers to meet a grade level, plan with each other and to plan/prep alone. Even the administrators are restricted to "bother" them during this time. Can this work at your school?
Making-Up Missed Gym Classes
Mr. Arnold sets aside two days of the week for make-up classes. He assigns responsility to the students to sign up for these sessions, and there are repurcussions if they don't sign up!
Managing Behavior
Here's a tip for keeping track of good and bad notes on students. All you need is a calendar and some small sticky-notes. Read more about Ms. Beggerly's tip to see if it can work for you.
Managing Poor Student Performance
This educator spells out five key points that can help you manage students' poor performance. See if you can use these tips to create successful students!
Managing Student Work and Notes
Using the school binding machine and a collection of folders bought on back-to-school sales, Ms. Marshall created customized folders for her students to organize their school work. Her step-by-step guide will show you to do it too.
Many Safety Strategies
Student safety is a top priority at Ms. Mersik's school. Here are some tips they're employing to create a safe environment.
Many Uses for Address Labels
You may not have thought of all the ways Ms. Postman has to use address labels in her classroom. Read more about her "Many Uses" tip, here.
Map Labeling
Here's an excellent idea Ms. Caronna found to motivate and inspire your learners. Best of all, it provides an opportunity for students to reflect on their academic growth at the end of the year.
Maps from Around the World
If you’re looking for new reading materials to challenge your students and broaden their horizons, Ms. Bell has the perfect solution. And if someone you know travels regularly by plane, you’re already halfway there.
Marching to the Beat
To increase auditory skills, Ms. Strong uses a small wood drum to beat slowly and then more quickly. It's great for auditory skill development and motor skills, too!
Mardi Gras Festivities
Laissez bon temps rouler! Ms. Watson's class celebrates Mardi Gras with a big celebration that taps their creative energy. And who doesnt like King Cake? Read more about Fat Tuesday a la Ms. Watson.
Markers on Overheads
Ms. Joy found a way to eliminate the choire of washing transparencies - or even using them! Read about her tip and see if it can work for you.
Marking Supplies
Names are too long to write on all of a student's belongings, and little ones may even have trouble writing their name. Ms. Clemensen came up with an idea that not only works for her, but also works for parents in ways you may not have thought about.
Math and Management
When it comes to classroom management, Ms. Fischer gets out a checkbook. No, not to write checks. See how her tip teachers her learners real world skills while and encouraging responsibility.
Math Bath
This homework assignment helps young children learn about liquid measurement, and it’s so silly fun they can’t wait to do it.
Math Fact of the Day
Denise's school implemented a Fact of the Day which is announced every morning. She and her colleagues noticed considerable improvements in math scores after doing do. See how your school can take two or three minutes to get the same results!
Math Facts Bingo
Ms. Reed found a fun way to break up the monotony of math lessons. Check out her creative B-I-N-G-O game and why her students not only learn, but they love it!
Math Genius
Ms. Hall uses a class warm-up where her students answer questions on skills learned in previous lessons. Read more about how her tip motivates them and gets them excited about math!
Math is Everywhere
Mr. Chris teaches grid coordinates by mapping the school using tiles on the floor, tiles in the ceiling, even a ditch in the corner of teh school yard! Read more about his lesson to his learners, that "Math is Everywhere".
Math Machines
Teaching algebra to first-graders? Ms. Gevers is doing it, and it works for her! read more about her "Math Machines" and how it helps her young students become acquainted with variables.
Math Manipulatives Web Site
This educator wants to share a FREE website that offers math manipulatives with you. She has used it and loves it. Check it out!
Math Modeling with White Boards
Working in groups, Ms. Samson's physics students put preliminary graphs and the math model of white boards. When they present their findings, she asks questions and that's when things get really interesting!
Math Money
Mr. Hanson had a problem with tardy students, and solved it with "Math Money". See how it not only got students to his class on time, but it helped them with their grades and a special activity at the end of the year!
Math Participation
Ms. Corbacioglu noticed her class pariticpation was dominated by the students who love math, and that the other were just slumped in their seats. She solved THAT problem readily with her "Card System". Read more about it and see if it can work for you!
Math Scrabble
Ms. Thoreson writes 16 random letters on the board and assigns point values to each letter. Her students work in teams to spell math words and calculate point totals.
Math Songs
This high school math teacher came up with a fun way for students to remember how to handle integer operations.Read about this tip and how it could be music to your ears.
Math Story Problems
Ms. Iafigliola red a book that she now uses as part of her math curriculum every year. Best of all, there's a writing unit invovled, so there's a cross-curricular benefit in this tip also!
Math Trophies
Here's an idea about how to use old sports trophies. Ms. Kelley uses them as rewards for her students under several different categories of achivement. Read more about this tip to reward and motivate your learners.
McDonalds Division
When teaching math, Ms. Hamilton uses a trick all kids can relate to: fast food! Check out the mnenomic she uses to help her learners tackle long division.
Me In A Bag
At the beginning of the year, Ms. Formisano employs a creative and captivating way for her students to get to know her. Then it's her students take turns sharing "Me In A Bag" with her and the class.
Mechanical Pencils Reduce Smudging
To help Ms. Suda cope with "smudging" problems that arise from being left-handed, she uses mechanical pencils. She has more tips to sahre for "lefties" - see if they can they work for you or your students.
Meeting Paperwork Deadlines
Ms. Beatty's time-saving tip is something you may not have thought of. She says if you put this one item in your staff mailbox, you will save lots of time every day. Find out what it is, here.
Memorizing Math Facts
Ms. Hopkins has a great system to help her students remember their math facts, involving a manila folder, scrap pieces of paper, and just 5 minutes of study time per day. Find out how her strategy helps students master the facts fast.
Memorizing Multiplication Facts
WIthin months of employing this tip, Mr. Edwards's 2nd-graders know their multiplication facts through the twelves! How is it done? Read about his tip, here.
Memory Book
Ms. Dietz found that her students' familes really love having a 'memento' of the year to see how their child has grown. Here are the thoughtful tips she has for you to create a happy keepsake for everyone.
Memory Trees
When students are absent due to a death in the family, Ms. Kott's class honors the loss of the family member with this very thoughtful tip. The grieving student is comforted and the class learns about sympathy and kindness.
Mentors Not Evaluators
Mentors at Ms. Paser's school used to evaluate new teachers but now their job has changed. See how their "evaluations" have changed, and if this tip can work for your school.
Message Labels
Ms. Finotti discovered a wonderful use for the printed address labels that so many companies sell. Read more about her tip and why her students love it!
Message of the Day
Ms. Crtcher connects her computerto my large TV screen. Find out how she uses it to help her students keep track of their responsibilities, upcoming events, and inspirational messages.
Metric Tricks
A clever mnemonic device helps this math teacher’s students remember units of the metric system and where to move that darn decimal point. Find out how she delivers the lesson, and suggest your own mnemonics in the comments section.
Milk Carton Containers
What a neat way to build a holder for students' pens, pencils and other supplies - and all it takes is some used milk carton tops! Read more about Ms. Hall's creative tip, here.
Milk Carton Creations
Don't throw away those empty milk cartons! Ms. Crisafulli has some creative ways for their reuse. Read about her "Milk Carton Creations" and see if her tips can work for you!
Milk Carton Mailboxes
Ms. Postman asks her students to bring in empty milk cartons during the first week of school. She uses them to set up mailboxes for each student and incorporates this creative idea into a classroom writing center.
Millionaire Review
Ms. King's students are working on their own version of 'So You Want to Be a Millionaire'. See how they've tailored it into cross-curricular enrichment and had lots of fun, too!
Miniature Bungee Jumping and Physics
Mr. Hill found good use for a "freebie" trinket often handed out at conferences. Read more about what he recycled and then fashioned into a viable physics lesson.
Missing Assignments
Make-up work can get students off track and out of sync with the rest of the class. Luckily, Ms. Dwyer found I have found an approach minimizes the amount of work that a student does not complete. See how she does it!
Missing Numbers
Assigning each student a number helps this educator track work much more efficiently than an alphabetized list of names does. Read more about this tip and see if it can work for you!
Missing Papers I
Ms. Castoria's students were always losing handouts (homework sheets, school notices, skill pages) so often that she has to be proactive. See how she solved the problem and if her tip can work for you!
Missing Papers II
If you have evern gotten into a dispute with a student whether work was handed in or not, Ms. Giles has a tip to share with you. It keeps peace across the board and builds character for the students in her classes. Read more about her tip, here.
Mnemonics for Memory
This educator shares a few fun mnemonics to help your students remember the important stuff.
Monitoring Gang-Style Clothing
The combination of monitoring clothing and keeping students in class keeps Ms. Terrell's school environment pretty safe. Find out how they tackle the issue of gang-style clothing even before the first bell rings.
Monitoring Hall Passes
To address the problem of students using passes too frequently or to monitor the use of passes, Ms. Coleman's school employs these tips.
Monthly Demerits
In order not to be punishing all the time, and in an effort to punish only those who need discipline, this team of teachers emplyed a tip that removes negativity and encourages better behavior. Can their tip work for you?
More Safety Measures
Ms. Agoranos's school implemented new elements into their safty system. Read about how they are working at her elementary school and if your school can make themwork for you.
Morning Journaling - High School
A learning activity that saves YOU some time, too? "Morning Journaliing" works for Ms Nega and she spells it all out, here.
Morning Journaling - Kindergarten
Ms. Radke manages the morning rush of information by having her students do their journals first thing in the morning. Read more about how this tip really works for her!
Morning Journals
EVery morning, Ms. Herrings students put their homework on the right hand side of their desks and copy the journal topic (usually from something covered the day before) from the board. See how this tip also works as a teacher timesaver!
Morning Meeting
What educator doesn't want and need more free time? Well, Ms. Mercurio's "Morning Meeting" tip frees her up to get started right away on attendance and lunch count. See how she makes it work.
Morning Spelling
Every morning Ms. Wager writes a morning message on the whiteboard to do after our calendar activities. Read about all the ways her messages can develop language arts skills of your learners!
Morning Worksheet
After feeling stress from being bombarded with notes, stories and questions one too many times first thing in the morning, I created a morning worksheet...
Mosaic of Thought
Ms. Meek recommends a book that might change the way you think - and teach - about redong comprehension.
Mother's and Father's Day Gift
By having her artists save one favorite art project each month, Ms. Pesout's students create nice gift for parents that showcases their artwork throughout the entire year.
Motivating Dialogue
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and to Ms Reisner, using pictures is a way to motivate her writers! Read mroe about her "Motivating Dialogue" tip, here.
Motivating Game
Ms. Ashley offers a great motivating way to keep kids on task as you go through an assignment.
Motivating Special Ed Students
Here are some thoughtful and valuable tips from Ms. Caliguri on motivating special education students toward success.
Motivating Students for Tests
Motivating students to do well on standardized tests can be a big challenge. Ms. Hunter offers some valuable tips from her school's efforts to prepare children for test-taking time.
Movie Day
This Works4Me reader motivates students with the promise of a movie day, but it’s how she handles parental consent that may inspire you the most.
Moving to the Kindergarten Classroom
For anyone moving from middle school or upper primary grades to kindergarten, be prepared for a vast difference in attention span and level of independence. With that in mind, Ms. Martin has spelled out some valuable tips for you.
Multiple Strategies to Success
Ms. Jenkins thoughtful and practical strategies allowed her inclusion student to reap all the benefits of a regular classroom experience. See how Ms. Jenkins also shifted that student's "disabilities" toward a treachable moment for everyone.
Music Hearts
Ms. Benson creates colorful foam hearts and uses them as visual and tactile teaching aids in a number of creative, musical activities to help young music students learn beats, measures and time signatures.
Music Review
Mr. DeNapoli found a great way to effectively review the previous day's lesson: make it competetive! See why his students love this activity, and how it works for him!
Musical Algebra
When Ms. Kash created a fun mnenomic for a difficult euqation, it caught on with other teachers, too! Even her students call it a "huge hit".
Musical Breaks
Here's a tip from Ms. Keller that she hopes will be music to your ears.
Musical Clocks
Here's an interesting way to get music learners thinking like composers. Read about the way Ms. Coon illustrates the "musical alphabet" to drive home one of music's most basic tenets.
Musical Fun
Ms. Ameigh is a music teacher, so she uses this tip/game specifically for music learning. Read more about its cross-curricular potential, and see if her tip can work for you!
Musical Shakespeare
Listening to students read Shakespeare aloud can be not-so-pleasant. Ms. Glogg's tip gives students an opportunity to read aloud, and it keeps them on their toes and reading. read more about her "Musical Shakespeare" and see how it can work for you.
My Favorite Dish
To teach process writing, Mr. Grider cooks up something that students and parents both love. Read about the his tip, and why it bcomes the gift that keeps on giving.
Mystery Map
To teach communication skills, Ms. Smith split my classroom in half and create a mystery map. Students listen and work together to discover a mystery destination. Ms. Smith's students love this listening skills activity.
Mystery Trash
Here's a classroom cleanup tip that has made Ms. Kasse's and her school's custodian very happy at the end of the day.
My Space Bulletin Board
What a neat way to allow students to decide what work they want to showcase. Can "My Space Bulletin Board" work in your classroom?
Mythological Characters
Ms. Reis says this is one of her most successful projects for teaching world literature. Her students select one character from Green and Roman mythology. What happens next is why they rated this project "high in personal emjoyment". Read more!