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Using Duct Tape to Make Information "Stick"

Mr. Newcomer cures end-of-year fever with a fun content review activity that helps prepare students for exams. Students find renewed focus as they use their creativity to make decorative hallway art —using duct tape of all things.


artistic design & composition

Books Into Bags

Kathy Stiefvater and Carol Rinker, a teacher at Piney Point Elementary School in Tall Timbers, Maryland

Here’s an easy way to collect your students’ text books at the end of the year. This system allows you to turn around and pass them back out again in September without any additional paperwork or recording of book numbers.

classroom management

Discipline for Energetic and Active Students

From Nancy C.

When Nancy’s young and active students misbehave, she disciplines them without denying them recess, a strategy which permits a healthy release for their energy but still provides a negative consequence and reinforces good behavior.


noise control

If You Can Hear Me

Debra N.

If you work with primary grades you might be familiar with this chant used to quiet noisy students: “If you can hear me, clap once. If you can hear me, clap twice.” Debra has a great twist on this strategy that works well with high school students.

Connect with Your Peers

First-Year Teacher

Katelynn M. says, “I was wondering if anyone could give me some suggestions on classroom management. I am a first-year 7th-grade math teacher in an inner-city school district. I am having terrible luck with classroom control. I am the type of person that needs examples of what to do, not just being told to be stricter.”

Kate Ortiz says, “My first year with 7th graders started out rocky, even though I had taught successfully for many years before that. Here are the things that helped my students get more engaged in their learning and be more respectful: First, learn their names. I was overwhelmed with the number of students I saw each day, having been used to elementary classes, and I didn't make learning their names a priority…”

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