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Observation Labels
I teach in a multi-age classroom, grades 3-6 in a two room schoolhouse on an island in Lake Superior. To keep notes on my students - observations, behaviors and assessments - I have a clipboard with a...
Observation Labels
I make my class lists on computer generated labels. I carry this class list on a clipboard during guided reading and small group activities. As the children participate, I make notes on the labels and...
Odds and Evens
I teach even and odd and have less confusion with this technique. On even dates on the calendar the girls go first and on odd dates the boys go first.
Old Cds Make Good Picture Frames
Elementary school teacher Suzanne Piercy has a nifty arts and crafts idea, using old or damaged compact disc cases. This project is quick, easy and can be used to decorate refrigerators or Christmas trees.
Old CDs Make Good Wheels
I have seen used or scratched CDs used as wheels. In an 8th grade physical science class, which I worked with at one time, the students...
Olympic National Anthems
Ms. Reynolds teaches her young students about the Olympic Games by recreating a medal ceremony and playing National Anthems of different countries. She creates a musical Olympic competition with her older students.
Olympic Reading Event
During the Olympics, my friend and I came up with a creative way to get students excited about reading. At the beginning of February we announced a Reading Olympics. Each child has a blank chart with ...
One, Simple Classroom Rule
Ms. Moss gives advice on setting rules and classroom procedures. She has only one rule: The classroom is a place where teaching and learning happens. Read more about how she suggests you can start the year off with organization and confidence.
One-Minute Flash Mobs
Bernadette has been working with her dance students on spontaneous performances in different areas of the school. Read about how she’s taught her students some one-minute routines, including a Cuban Shuffle and a Thriller Dance.
One-Rule Classroom
Like the One Ring from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth saga, Ms. Postman has a single classroom rule to rule them all — except Aretha Franklin provides the soundtrack.
Online Grades
I have tried getting signatures on tests. However, I was never real good about verifying those signatures after the fact, thus making it an ineffective communication tool. A few years ago, a colleague...
On-Task Tickets
Ms. Ortiz uses plastic cups, paper tickets and a couple of sad and happy faces to keep her students on-task. This behavioral incentive system for lower grade levels is simple, inexpensive and effective. Find out how she does it.
Open House Classroom Tour
Families are so excited, and perhaps overwhelmed, that they sometime miss seeing important things at your open house. I make a poster that...
Open House Preparations
I had many parents who would ask, 'how's my child doing?' and other specific questions during an open house. I wouldn't have enough time to answer these questions during the open house itself, so I wo...
Open House Project
On the first few days of school I take pictures of each student standing in front of a giant tape in the shape of a ruler. I get double sets of pictures and mount one set on construction paper that me...
Opening Game
I play a game that requires critical thinking and observation skills called "Crossed or Uncrossed."
Opening Goals
Upon the opening of a new school year, I have the students write a letter to themselves identifying the goals that they would like to achieve during the year. The goals can range from the academic to ...
Oral Presentations
I taught my students how to create a PowerPoint presentation and I let them make one on a topic of their choice. After scripting and practicing their speeches, my reluctant public speakers gave excell...
Ordering Supplies
I need 7 different cartridges for the computers in my room. When I change one I put the empty box in my school bag as a reminder of which one to buy. It saves time to go to the store and simply ask an...
Orderly Coming and Going
Our new principal has organized arrival and dismissal time to be safe and orderly by having the students enter through the main entrance only with all non-classroom teachers as hall monitors. Last yea...
Orderly Notebooks
To help my students keep their English notebooks in order, we construct a table of contents. Items are organized chronologically, assigned a title, and given a page number in the lower right hand corn...
Oregon Trail Simulation
We end the year with a simulation game of the Oregon Trail. The kids dress in 19th-century style clothes and play pioneer games, cook Johnny cake, and...
Organizational Methods
The following are some organizational methods that help to keep me somewhat sane: 1) Never handle a piece of paper more than once. In other words, if you find something in your mailbox that requires a...
Organize With Overhead Transparencies
I have eight different classes in a two day cycle and sometimes found it a burden to manage make up work for absent students. Now I put work on overhead transparencies so I can hand the appropriate tr...
Organize Your Lesson Planning
Use three-ring binders with section dividers to keep all your notes/handouts/tests in proper order, or they will overwhelm you...
Organized Boards and Posters
To organize all my bulletin boards and posters, I hang them up where I can see them. I purchased an inexpensive garment rack, hangers and clips. I hang my items from the rack where they are readily av...
Organized Book Themes
As a Kindergarten teacher, I do many read alouds. I used to be very frustrated by trying to locate a book in my teacher library...
Organized Computer Scheduling
At our middle school, a reservation request is needed in order to bring a class to our computer labs. The form consists of period times that a teacher would like to request the space, the type of less...
Organized Copies
I have a rolling open file cart that has numbered hanging folders 1-31 for days of the month. Each month has a different color hanging folder...
Organized Mornings
My tip is to help organize lunch count and attendance in the mornings. When my students enter the room I have Popsicle sticks with their names on them lying on the table by the door. There is also a m...
Organized Overhead Sheets
At a recent workshop, the presenter had all of her overhead sheets in plastic covers. She could write on the cover rather than directly on the transparency and the covers had three holes so they could...
Organized Paperwork
I have taught 6th grade for ten years, third grade for nine, and this is what I do: Send home letters on the first day on what you expect academically and behaviorally. Have the parents sign the botto...
Organizing Borders
Storing bulletin board borders from year to year, even month to month, can be a hassle. Try this: Separate borders into seasons, themes, etc. Lay the borders down on a long table or even the floor. Ma...
Organizing Career Day
To ensure a successful Career Day, start with your students' parents! Ask kids, office staff, or administrators which parents have interesting jobs.
Organizing IEPs
Families are often very overwhelmed by the special education process and the volumes of paperwork involved. Once a child is found eligible for my program, I give the family a 3 ring binder with divide...
Organizing Lesson Plans
When making my lesson plans for the following week, I would have all the necessary weekly papers at hand. For example, I would lay out the curriculum alignment book, the conduct slips, the register, e...
Organizing Lunch Count
I have an attendance chart with pockets. I have cards with my students' names inserted into the pockets and clothespins with the students' names written on one side with their lunch numbers on the oth...
Organizing Master Work Sheets
I no longer use file folders for storing master copies of worksheets. I am known as the plastic sheet protector queen of my school! I place all worksheets in a plastic sheet protector with the answer ...
Organizing Original Assignments
I hate having to rummage through files in a cabinet to find the originals of assignments to photocopy. I also dislike trying to find them on my computer. So I put each original in a plastic page sleev...
Organizing Papers
I find the best way to stay organized in the classroom is to use several 3-4 inch three-ring binders.
Organizing Papers to Grade
I use black binder butterfly clips to organize and transport the papers I need to grade. I label the clips by class period with masking tape and a black Sharpie. Binder clips have made keeping track o...
Organizing Parent Teacher Correspondence
I purchase an 8 1/2 x 11 manila envelope for each student in my class. Punch 3-ring holes in each envelope and label with a child's name. Put in alphabetical order and place in a 3-ring binder. Each t...
Organizing Student Councils
I am one of the teacher advisers for our elementary school student council. To make sure that the time students spend on the student council does not impinge too much on their academic work, we did a ...
Organizing Students' Belongings
After spending much of the school year nagging a couple of unorganized students to move the piles of 'stuff' from under their desks to their lockers or to the inside of their desks, I came up with a b...
Organizing Writers' Notebooks
In order to manage all of the Writers Notebooks that my middle schoolers create, we use a numbered white name tag that we affix to the cover of each notebook.
Organizing Writing Portfolios
Many teachers are responsible for some type of writing portfolio. When the time comes for students to select specific types of writing to put into the portfolio...
Original in Yellow
Sick of having a file of extra copies of the same worksheet and never know which sheet is the original? I write 'original' on the original in yellow highlighter before it ends up in my files. The copy...
Original or Copy?
I put a broad yellow highlighter mark across the top of the original copy of any material I duplicate. Then it is easy to retrieve and return to my files after use. It sure saves wondering what happen...
Original or Duplicate?
Here is an easy and inexpensive way to keep track of your original papers, using one of the best inventions ever...the sticky note! As soon as I have created an original worksheet, I place one of the ...
Ouchies
When I started my first year of teaching last year, I discovered it was popular for my fourth graders to go to the nurse's office for a band-aid or a spray of Bactine on a hang-nail or paper cut. To c...
Outlining Art Assignments
At the beginning of each week, or new lesson, I divide my eraser board into six sections. I designate one section for each grade that I teach. I head each section by grade and the title of that week's...
Outstanding Phone Calls
Most teachers have had to make phone calls home to the parents of students that cause trouble in their classes. If teachers want to pick-up their own day, they can call a parent of a student that has ...
Overhead Grids
I used to use overhead grids and do sample graphing directly on the overhead but I had to constantly clean the transparencies or throw them away. Now I found out that I can project the overhead on to ...
Overhead Sentences
I use the overhead to have students arrange words into sentences and sentences into paragraphs. I type the words on the computer using a large font, print them on a transparency and then cut up the se...
Overhead Tip
Here is a tip any grade level teacher can use. Do you find you are out of those expensive overhead projector sheets when you really need one? A clear sheet protector works well in a pinch.
Overhead Transparencies
Do not throw away the large scraps left after trimming posters that have been laminated. The trimmings can be used as overhead transparencies.
Overhead Transparency
When I am correcting a science or math paper that has a visual component (to match problems and answers, to match multiple choice Qs and As, or to connect the dots), I make my key (answer sheet) on an...
Ownership
When children are given ownership of new discoveries in learning it has a greater tendency to stick. Forty years ago, a seventh grade math class saw the birth of the 'Smith Rule' which is the square r...
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