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No-Travel Field Trips
Budget woes squashing your frield trip plans? Here's a great tip for discovering out-of-class learning in your own backyard!
Noisy Pencil Sharpening Pointers
Ms. Segrist has a solution to the pencil problems most teachers face: lines at the sharpener and constant interruptions for pencils. Read how her students keep track of their own supplies and are never without a sharpened pencil.
No Asparagus and No Cheating
Mr. Holmes is serious about addressing issues around academic dishonesty, but he does so with a humorous anecdote about asparagus and snapdragons (trust us, you’ll love it!). It sets the stage for two strategies that deter cheating on tests.
Next Steps Discipline
A veteran high school teacher narrows down her classroom rules to just three. She developed the rules through class discussion, complete with Next Steps to support them.
Modeling Independent Note Taking
I model note taking by showing students how to focus on main ideas when writing down their notes. I allow them to use their MacBooks or notebooks, whichever works for them. We have notes...
Numerous Numbers Introductions
Marion C. has a unique twist on a familiar assignment: students write an autobiography – using as many numbers possible. She completes the activity by using even more numbers.
No More Chalk Dust
It's the household cleaning supply that makes your chalk board look like new! Check out Ms. Benson's tip, here.
No Need to Panic: Make Lists
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time, of course! This teacher confronts her own personal elephant (professional development) by making several big lists and then turning those lists into small, bite-sized, actionable items.
Name Badges Make Good Hall Passes
Ms. Wells attends a number of state meetings and has found a great re-use for all the name badges she's received: happ passes! Best of all, if there is every question or issue about a child who is in the hallway, her name is on the pass!
Name Buttons
To learn students' names quickly, Ms. Orzechowski uses her school's button-maker. She lets the students design their own "name-tags" with these, while she tends to classroom housekeeping. Win! Win!
Name Labels
After Ms. Lovelady receives her class list, she put each child's name on a label. Then she prints about 10 pages of labels to ensure everything they are responsible for has a label. This is a big timesaver!
Naming Canes
In this holiday writing activity, Ms. Carswell has her students taste-test a variety of gourmet candy canes, write descriptive paragraphs about them, and then rename the candy canes with holiday spirit.
National Association of School Psychologists
Here's a tip from Ms. Saxon that explains where educators can find valuable information on bullying, harassment, crisis exercises and drills, and more.
Nature Bracelets
Here's a creative learning activity Ms. Gardner does with her class to commemorate the beauty of the fall season. Best of all, you can make it an outdoor activity if you choose.
Neat Treat
Ms. Wrachford has a clever method of motivating students to keep their desks neat and organized. She calls it a daily “Neat Treat” and loves that it helps prevent students from wasting time during the day while they hunt for materials.
New Beginnings
The third-grade students in Ms. Cirtin’s class memorize a poem by Helen Steiner Rice to help them remember important things. It sets the right tone for the rest of the year. Some of her students still remember and recite the poem as graduating seniors.
New Student Reception
Student mentors, a goody-bag, and food! What a nice way of recognizing new students and helping them to adjust to their new environment.
New Teacher Survival Bag
You remember your first year, which is why you might really love this tip. Read about Ms. Faul's sweet gesture to make new teachers feel welcome.
New Teachers Luncheon
The "New Teacher Luncheon" at Ms. Terrell's school isn't just about food. See what else happens in the tip to set new teachers up for success.
New Year Resolutions
Read about how Ms. McGinley’s class sets their resolutions and goals in the New Year. Her students’ resolutions are documented on official paper, and they are held accountable for the goals they set.
Newspaper Hunts
Ms. Graham teaches reading comprehension and information gathering skills with a newspaper activity that fosters friendly competition, raises the classroom energy level, and encourages self-directed learning.
Newspaper Noun Activity
When Ms. Olson teaches nouns, her classroom becomes an amazing activity center - with prizes! Her students learn about nouns and have a great time. Can her tip work for you?
Newspaper Skills
After working for 10 years with a sponsor in the Newspapers in Education program, Ms. Arnold has learned a thing or two about using the daily paper supplement her reading, math, science and geography lessons.
Newspaper Test
Here's a fun tip from Mr. Denney that is an exercise demonstrating the usefulness of the paper and acquainting students with how to use it.
No More Missing Scissors
To end the problem of having her supply of student scissors dwindle each year, Ms. Zorger devised a good plan. Read about her scissor-saving tip here and see if it can work for you!
No Names
When Mr. Willot got fed up with trying to track down the owners of no-name papers, he created a plan based on something you see in doctors' offices.
No Whining!
Looking for way to curb chroinic whining? Ms. Corbin came up with this humorous tip that helps her students check - and correct - their own behavior.
Noise Level Music
Mr. Pilkenton has a simple harmonious solution to quiet his students and get their attention. One swoop on his harmonica and his students stop what they are doing.
Noise Thermometer
Ms. Reich monitors the Noise Temperature in her classroom with a giant thermometer and a bit of red Velcro mercury. With this device on display for the whole class, students monitor their own behavior and work cooperatively to keep noise levels down.
Noisy Writing
With this tip, your class will be filled with the sound of beeps and claps. Best of all, your students will have fun remembering that sentences start with a capital letter and end with a period.
Non-Embarrassing Discipline
Mr. Harris discovered ways of enforcing discipline without disrupting the class or embarrassing the student, and shares them with you in this tip.
Non-English Speaking Parents
To communicate with parents who don't speak English, Ms. Sheehy has created a method that works for her. See how she combines help from a clleague with technology to ensure good parent-teacher communication.
Note Exchange
Students need to practice note-taking skills in preparation for high school. This tip from Heather allows you to model note-taking, to reduce stdents' anxiety, and to let them practice.
Notes of Thanks
This letter writing activity embraces the spirit of Thanksgiving, but it’s also appropriate for other occasions – or no occasion at all.
Nouns and Verbs
These songs and costumes ideas were created by Ms. Hyler and Ms. Barns to teach collaborative language arts. It's a memorable lesson and provides the added benefit of a multi-sensory approach needed for L.D. children.
Novel Bookmarks
If your LD students have had trouble with reading comprehension and sequencing events, Ms. Charpentier has a nifty idea that may work for you too. All it takes are some index cards and this quick routine.
Numbers Bee
You’ve heard of the Spelling Bee, but Mr. Saborio’s class plays a game called Numbers Bee. Use this game to teach young students basic number recognition and older students place value, fractions and decimals.
Grading by Number
Mr. Crawley found he was spending too much time entering students’ grades on his computer. With a simple adjustment to his files, he reduced the time by 50 percent. Find out how he did it.