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Welcoming New Students Mid-Year
Being the "new kid" can be overwhelming. This educator's tip can help make the transition smooth and rewarding for your entire classroom.
Welcoming Students to Your Classroom
A back to school bonus! See the innovative ways these educators create a warm welcome for incoming students - and their parents.
What to Say to an Angry Parent
An angry parent doesn't have to be your worst nightmare, and this teacher's tip shows you why - and how.
Weekly Goal Setting
Using Post-In notes and some sticky tack, Ms. Abii implements a weekly goal setting activity for each of her three fourth-grade classes. Each of her 70 students learns to how to set attainable goals and achieve them.
Write Stories with Toontastic iPad App
Ms. Sutter uses Toontastic, a free app on the iPad created by Launchpad Toys to create a place for students to have their writing come alive in the form of cartoons.
Watch Eagles Hatch Live from School
Take a field trip to watch eagles hatch -- without even leaving your classroom.
Word Therapy
Ms. Hall's vocabulary exercise is a whimsical take on a therapy session. Students gather in a group circle, and a new word is the "patient", with each student discussing that word's strengths, weaknesses, prolems, etc. Vocabulary is brought to life!.
Whisper Readings
Here's a great way to give a child who is too shy to read out loud a chance to do so into a homemade "phone". Susan shows you how easy and inexpensive it is to make for your readers
Walk and Talk Exam Prep
A simple method of test review lets students study, talk, and get out of their seats. Perfect for highly social students.
Word Patterns
Ms. Cashell and her colleagues discovered a book that changed the way they teach about use and understanding of words. Students are matched to skill levels and the activities can even differentiated to learning styles.
Writing Utensil Collection
When studets clean out their lockers at the end of the year, this educator collects their unwanted pens and pencils. In the Fall, she has a supply to lend students that didn't cost her a dime, and saves class time!
Word Window
Where do you post your cumulative vocabulary word list in a classroom with limited display space? Ms. Lehrmann uses her classroom windows! Find out how it works for her - and her students!
Winter Holiday Rotation
This team of first-grade educators developed a plan to teach about a variety of winter holidays – Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Chinese New Year, and Diwali – that brings all of their students to each of their classrooms.
Writing Vocabulary Stories
Mr. Carter uses important vocabulary words from the next novel they are about to read in an activity that each student must finish prior to reading the new novel. Find out why the result is better focus on reading for meaning.
Want Ads
If Ms. Schmitt's students ever complain school was of no value to them, this is her "go-to" tip. Find out how they quickly realize the challenges facing them without an educatoin and how attitudes change for the better!
Wanted Work Groups
Choosing pairs and work groups often leaves some kids frustrated if they don't get matched to a friend. In this tip, Ms. Rein explains how to ensure students are "wanted" in their groups so complaining doesn't waste valuable class time.
Wanted: Basic Skills
Here's a great tip to motivate students. This teacher compares being in the job market with skills to being in school, paying attention, and completing work. Result? Her students become more enthusiastic abut their lessons!
Waxed Strings
Here's a great tip if you run out of lacing strings for art projects. Ms. Crisafulli makes new ones from yarn. Read about her tip to see if it can work for you!
Ways to Welcome New Teachers
As you remember, a new teacher's first year is daunting. Here are some sweet ways to welcome your new colleagues and establish positive relationships from the get-go.
We Missed You
To manage make-up work, Ms. Keith uses decorated folders with a sweet note and a due date for missed work. It's waiting on the student's desk when he or she returns to school. Students get the missed assignments and know they were missed, too.
Weekly Behavior Report
Here's a great tip from Ms. Eaves that keeps parents informed and you "armed" with documentation.
Weekly Communication
Ms. Taverner says that this tip helps lower students' anxiety levels, and helps the class become 'family'. Learn about this weekly activity that also counts as 10% of her students' final grade.
Weekly Folder to Parents
With too may important papers for parents getting lost. Ms. Jensen came up with a plan. She created a "Friday Folder" and enlists some classroom helpers to carry the plan out. Result? No papers have been lost since the plan began!
Weekly Sanity Schedule
As a teacher, you already know that taking work home with you is a part of life, and because of that, life can quickly get chaotic. That's why Ms McCallum is sharing these simple tips that help keep her life in balance.
Welcoming Phone Calls
These small gestures can mean the world to a new teacher. Find out how Ms. Hinyard's welcoming ways let them know they already have a friend at school before they even arrive on the first day.
Welcoming Subs
Ms. kelley draws on past experience for a sweet way to welcome substitute teachers. Read about the welcome package she suggests as a great tip to make a substitute feel right at home.
What to Wear
If you work with primary school age children, what you wear may actually help them feel less worried about and less frightened on the first day of school. Find out what Ms. Postman wears that she says works for her and her students.
When Students Move
When a student moves out of ths district, Ms. Halfhill-Abbott gives him/her a stamped, addressed envelope, but it may not be the fro the reason you're thinking of. Find out why keeping in touch with students who move helps her as an educator.
When Your Child Is Also Your Student
Ms. Hazletine taught in the same school district where she lived. As a result, her children were in her classes. Here are her tips on how to navigate that slipper slope, should you ever wind up in her shoes.
While the Math Teacher Is Out
It's so frustrating for math teachers to miss school. Each day's lesson is so important to the next, and subs often can't teach math. Even if that is the case, it CAN be done, and Ms. Jeffrey explains how.
Whiteboard Erasers
Ms. Reid loves to use whiteboards. The erasers that come with them? Not so much. That's why she's sharing this tip - the perfect whiteboard eraser. Best of all? Her students help her acquire them. Read more, here!
White Boards in the Classroom
Here's an interesting way to use whiteboards: as desktops! Mr. Platano says when students do their work on these surfaces, it creates an atmosphere conducive to learning and sharing - and there's a built-in cheating deterrent - that works!
Who wants to be a Millionaire?
Ms. Gibson's class gets enjoyment and a thorough lesson review when they play their own version of the popular game show "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?". Find out how it improves listening skills, too!
Window Shade Charts
Ms. Furkey likes to use a word wall to introduce new words to her students, but she has limited space in my classroom. Learn about her solution that doesn't take up any space on her walls, and is a great model for recycling and reuse.
Wiping Boards
When whiteboards need a good cleaning, Ms. Thompson offers this tip that works better - and is cheaper - than whiteboard cleaner.
Wonders of Hair Spray
Whiteboard marker mistakes in clothing? On desks? On other things? Reach for the hair spray and watch it work wonders.
Word Boards
Ms. Ruppel is sharing two free email services that send a word of the day. She prints them out and mounts them on colorful construction paper. Kids get a kick out of reading them and they're learning in the process.
Word of the Week II
In Ms. Lanier's class, learning new vocabulary words is a production - literally! Find out how she taps her students' inner actors to teach the rest of the classthe meanings of new words.
Word of the Week I
In Ms. Bonfilio's class, "word of the week" starts with a student selecting a word he or she doens't know. The class turns in several assignments about the word, and the selector evaluates it. Kids acquire vocabluary while having lots of fun.
WOW Activity
Middle school students can be so social to the point of disruption. That's why Ms. Balog often does small group work and uses this tip. Find out how the WOW Activity works for her!
Wrapped Boards
An easy way to cover painting easels from from your artists' fly-away-paint-drops is to use Glad Press 'n Seal Wrap. Learn how Ms. Smith uses it to keep her easels clean and see if you can use it for more of your classroom furniture mess prevention.
Writing a Play
Here's an interesting tip to tap kids' creativity and inspiration in a way you may not have thought about. Find out ho Ms. Herring sets the tone for her students to write a play and see if her tip can work for your writers
Writing about Self
Mr. Poole came up with a great tip to help him get to know his students that also serves as a writing project. This activity also becomes a main feature for parents at Back to School Night.
Writing Assignment Chart
Mr. Police came up with this tip to help him track at a glance his students' progress on writing assignments.
Writing Checks for Holidays I
Ms. Golomb has developed a math and money skills lesson in which her third- and fourth-grade students develop a budget, shop gift catalogues for holiday presents, and then practice writing checks.
Writing 'De-Tails'
With this creative, Thanksgiving-themed writing activity, Ms. Hurd uses a large, paper cutout of a turkey to illustrate how the main idea and support details work together.
Writing from Catalogues
Ms. Landis uses holiday gift catalogues as the pretext for a writing lesson. Students use an imaginary sum of money to shop for gifts, and then write a formal business letter requesting various items, computing costs, and choosing payment.
Writing Good Details
Mr. Taylor usse this six-day activity to help students see the importance of using good details in writing.
Writing In History
Students often argue that they'll 'never need history out in the world and the everyday workplace.' Mr. Van Over bypasses that notion by focusing on writing. Learn how his sudents appreciate history's relevance in everyday life through this activity.
Writing on Lamination
Here's a useful tip for writing on lamination. Ms. Gildbert says it's smudge-proof with an easy clean-up!
Writing Sticks
Don't throw away those ice-crem sticks! Fond out how Ms. Crahan uses them to remind her first-graders how to begin, construct, and end sentences correctly.