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Best of Works4Me: December Holidays

Teaching tips, ideas, and strategies for the holidays.

Holiday Giving

Holiday Gift Exchange

Sandra Brockel, a fifth-grade teacher in Virginia

Ms. Brockel has a unique twist on gift-giving traditions. Everyone participates - even those who are not able to buy gifts. Best of all, the whole class enjoys the gifts for the rest of the year.

student health

Keeping a Germ-Free Classroom

Lynn Cashell, a teacher in Springfield, Pennsylvania

'Tis the season for coughs and sneezes and nose-wiping and all kinds of ick.  Keep your students - and yourself - as healthy as possible with these thoughtful tips that work for Ms. Cashell.   

The Winter Holidays

Winter Holiday Rotation

An anonymous elementary teacher

Team up with your colleagues to teach about a variety of winter holidays – Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Chinese New Year, and Diwali!


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