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Using Duct Tape to Make information “Stick”
Mr. Newcomer cures spring fever with a fun content review activity that helps prepare students for end-of-the-year exams. Students find renewed focus as they use their creativity to make decorative hallway art —using duct tape of all things.
Use Your Humor
Humor must be used in the classroom. Joke, laugh, dance, sing, shout. I do it all; I think every teacher should. It helps kids...
Using Winter Seasonally
Use the winter seasonally by having your students read Jack London's To Build a Fire.
Using Smartboards Smartly
SMART Boards are a great tool but are often not utilized to their full potential. Many teachers only use them to show movies, Powerpoints, etc.
Using Google Docs
Learn what Ms. Hanson does to make tracking depleted classroom supplies a breeze. She suggests an easy way to record and manage a list throughout the year, so replacing supplies eliminates guesswork and mistakes.
U Layout
I have taken my children out of their traditional rows and placed them into U's. I make two rows of U's one behind the other with a space in the center to walk through. I don't have any trouble passin...
Understanding Test Directions
In a few weeks, the students in my county will be taking standardized tests. My students are reading well below grade level but are still expected to master fourth grade skills. To improve test scores...
Uniforms for Staff and Students
Uniforms are our school's dress code. Staff wear uniforms on Mondays and Fridays. It is very easy to see the UN-uniformed. We also wear picture ID badges.
Union Representatives and New Teachers
As one of my school's union reps, I talk to our new teachers about our local union organization, where their union dues go, who's who in area union activities, etc. I encourage them to be verbal about...
Unique Student Qualities
On the first day of school, I give students little baggies with an assortment of seeds. We discuss what is interesting about the seeds. Then I read the picture book called Mrs. Spitzer's Garden and di...
Unlocking Anxiety
Many upper elementary students have a lot of anxiety about moving on to middle school. Dealing with lockers is a big part of that anxiety. I take a combination lock and hang it on a closet door with t...
Uses for Baby Wipes, Cleaning Up
I recently discovered that Baby Wipes, Cleaning Up are quite helpful in the classroom to erase transparencies that students are writing notes on to present to their classmates and if students need to ...
Using a Drawer Organizer
To avoid having money lost or stolen, I use a Power Mechanix 30 drawer organizer. I put each child's name on a drawer. Each morning they have the option of giving me their money for the day. At lunch ...
Using a Timer in Class
No more lost minutes! I found that my classes were losing too much time transitioning between activities. Certain students had a hard time focusing on class assignments. I now have a small, inexpensiv...
Using Digital Cameras for Assessment
As my students teach preschoolers, I have a team of student observers use our digital camera to capture specific examples of appropriate and inappropriate teaching practices. I then import the photos ...
Using Fabric
For attractive bulletin boards that are useful year after year, I use fabric for the background. I have seasonal and thematic fabric which I use throughout the year. For example, I have nursery rhyme ...
Using Old Calendars, Part I
When I taught first grade, I used outdated calendars that had big numbers to have the children cut apart the numbers (practice with scissors). Then I shuffled the numbers and had the students paste th...
Using Old Calendars, Part II
To teach problem solving when learning about calendars, I used outdated calendars. I asked students to cut the calendars apart and cut the names of the months off, so they were left with separate shee...
Using Student Numbers
At the beginning of the year, I assign a number to each student based on last name in alphabetical order. When homework is collected, I put the papers in number order, and I instantly know who is miss...
Using Tent Cards on Desks
Concern: for safety reasons, as well as instructional, it is imperative that a teacher know exactly where individual students are every minute of the school day. Problem: students leaving the classroo...
Using the Dictionary in the Classroom
I have an old school desk in the back of my classroom and on top of it sits a very old and large dictionary. Attached to the desk is a sign that reads, 'Can't spell a word? Don't know what it means? A...