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Dealing with Chatterboxes and Clowns
By now you surely know: dealing with the class clown is anything BUT funny. These tips will help you take control of your class while helping your clowns understand appropriate ways, times, and places to use their gift of humor.
Ditching the Desks for a More Open Classroom
A classroom without desks? Here's how Ms. Cluff created a learning space that works well for her students AND her.
Document Now to Speed Up Your Setup
Preparing for the next school year is always hectic, but performing this simple tip now will help save you lots of time next Fall.
Dealing with Helicopter Parents
If "helicopter parents" hover too close for your comfort, Mr. Greenfield has some critical advice for educators to help everyone have a smooth flight.
Disappearing Pencils II
Get a handle on your ever-dwindling supply of classrom pencils with this unconventional tip that really can work for you!
Discipline for Energetic, Active Students
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.
Digital Learning Day with Mystery Skype
Every day is Digital Learning Day in this teacher’s classroom. Find out how her students use digital tools on a daily basis and how you can bring these technologies to your classroom. Who wants to play “Mystery Skype”?
Diffusing an Angry Parent
Ms. Ryan suggests ways to deal with upset parents during parent/teacher conferences. Arm yourself with a simple statement that will stop them in their tracks and turn a tense confrontation into calm discussion.
Dealing With Defiant Students
Ms. Barela is a veteran teacher who shares expert advice for negotiating difficult conversations, diffusing tense situations, and preventing confrontations from escalating.
Drawing Monsters and Writing Details
Try this fun activity for the Halloween season that combines drawing and creative writing to teach young students how to write dialogue.
Dividing the Cheating Penalty
Cheating students who copy one another’s work deserve some form of credit, at least according to Ms. Rycar. Her equitable approach to grading rewards their work fairly and punishes their wrongdoings justly.
Daily Tweet
Everyone tweets these days, especially Ms. Ahlgren’s students. Find out how she’s using Twitter to keep students (and their parents!) up-to-date on classroom notices, homework, missed assignments, and more.
Decorating Your High School Classroom
This high school teacher creates a healthier homey classroom environment using live plants, fresh cut flowers and art work. Learn how to create a calm classroom environment using these basic elements.
Demonstrating Simple Machines
Ms. Prosansky suggests simple items found in any hardware store that you can keep in your classroom and use to create simple machines that model familiar scientific concepts.
Directionally Challenged Students
Ms. Beck discovered a great way to help directionally challenged students learn the four main directions and improve their map reading skills.
Differentiated Reading
We have kids who have reading abilities all over the charts. Some are as high as twelfth grade and others are as low as first grade.
Dryer Erasers
Used dryer sheets work great for erasing white boards.
Daily Assignment Binder
I keep a three ring binder on the chalk ledge that has a folder in it for each class that I teach. It contains extra worksheets and handouts. At the front, I keep a written record of each day's assign...
Daily Brain Stretcher
Ms. Jury’s 2-minute warm up activity is based on the game Junior Outburst. Discover how she uses it to boost creative thinking, promote cooperative learning, and prepare students for the main lesson.
Daily Computer Tasks
It has been my practice to select a few technical activities that last throughout the school year. I train the students at the beginning of the year and that training pays off because the students hav...
Daily E-mail
I keep in touch with the parents of my 32 kindergartners via a daily email newsletter. I use this daily email to let parents know what we covered in class today, what we will be learning in the coming...
Daily Helpers
I keep a spreadsheet with the names of all the students for each of my classes organized in alphabetical order on my computer. I use this list to assign daily helpers for each class period. The list i...
Daily Poetry Reading
Help your students improve their oral reading skills and become fans of poetry with nonstop laughs. Ms. Thompson suggests a few fun and funny poetry resources to use with her daily, giggle-filled poetry activity.
Daily Review
Before I leave school each afternoon, I write four math problems on the board along with one sentence to be corrected. These problems are called 'DR' or daily review. Students are to work on this as s...
Daily Test Review
I help students prepare for standardized tests by providing a short daily review each morning. I use questions that are formatted like the type of test they are required to take. The skills we review ...
Daily Web Visits
Ms. Harper uses a collection of kid-friendly Web sites and some unique types of classroom helpers to start the day.
Date/Equation Challenge
Challenge your students express today’s date as a mathematical equation. Students will be excited to solve this daily math puzzle, you’ll love seeing them do it, and Ms. Medbery will show you how.
Deal or No Deal Homework
Like the television show, I use six white takeout boxes for my cases and place different increments of homework in each. I always include one 'No Homework' coupon in one of the boxes. I randomly pick ...
Dear Abby
If your students are “Upset and Unhappy,” Ms. Mitchell has a unique writing activity that involves anonymous role-playing and supplies advice for whatever ails them.
Desk Binder
Ms. Rayner has an efficient method for filing all of her daily paperwork in a single desk binder. Learn how she organizes attendance, seating charts, lesson plans, and other essential information, which substitute educators will find especially valuable.
Desk Blotter Calendar
Give students the tools, and the responsibility, to manage their own makeup work with this easily accessible assignment calendar.
Desk Pockets
Reduce cluttered desks this year by making inexpensive student desk pockets. Returned papers are kept nicely together and ready to take home on Fridays.
Differentiated Spelling Ideas
Over the years I have been able to create a differentiated spelling program based on Diane Snowball's publications on how to teach spelling. I use a basic list of words that are spelling patterns that...
Differentiated Spelling Program
Ms. Solano suggests a contract negotiation with students to set an individualized spelling program that can be used to script quizzes, tests and homework assignments.
Digital Charts
Do some of your students need more time to copy charts from the board? Ms. Sergi has a picture perfect solution to this cumbersome chart copying dilemma.
Digital Library
I've found that the digital camera is a wonderful classroom tool. Since I use it frequently, I found a solution to scanning through the disks to find just the picture that I want. I created a template...
Digital Pictures
At the beginning of each school year I take a single digital picture of each child and save it to disk. Throughout the year I use Picture-it 2.0 to make many projects. For example, we make framed birt...
Digital Seating Chart
I use a digital camera to create a modern seating chart. I take each student's picture, laminate the pictures and cut them apart. Then, I stick Velcro dots on to the backs of the pictures and onto a l...
Ding Dong Silence
To quiet my class, I use a wireless doorbell. I carry the button with me when I work with small groups.
Dinosaurs in Language Arts
Spring into the world of dinosaurs! Ms. Loomis weaves together her social studies and language arts curriculum with unique activities based on a book about dinosaurs.
Direct Access to Project Web Sites
Our district is fortunate enough to be able to develop web pages. I developed a page that allows my students to directly access sites that I have chosen for a project. Students have quicker access to ...
My colleague Ann Downing and I have used this activity for several years with DH/LD students. Giving written and verbal directions is a concept we work on in the classroom. Each student writes or dict...
Disappearing Pencils
Tired of scrambling to find pencils for unprepared students? Or worse, wondering what happened to all your spare pencils you once had? Ms. Reid has a solution, and it won’t cost you a dime.
Discipline Cards
I have green, yellow and red discipline cards on a chart for each student. At the beginning of the day each student has a green card showing on the chart. If a child is disruptive, he or she is told t...
Disk Cases for Students
I provide a two-disk case for each student to store their disks in for the year. This prevents some of those dirty fingers getting all over the disk and causing problems. One disk is kept for word pro...
Dispensing White Board Cleaner
Spray cleaners can aggravate sensitive, allergic noses. This quick, easy tip will help you keep a clean whiteboard without distributing even the most delicate sensibilities.
Displaying Credentials
Lawyers do it. Doctors do it. Educators should do it! No, I'm not talking about making a lot of money! I'm talking about prominently displaying educational degrees and professional certificates. Displ...
Displaying Names
I only have one computer in my room so I use my screen saver to say, 'Mrs. Chewning and Ms. Sain's wonderful students.' I have each student's name going across the screen.
Disruptive Students I
Here are some ideas to help deal with talkative and disruptive students: 1) Make an assignment that they have to do in class and turn in at the end of the period. Make the assignment specific and deta...
Disruptive Students II
In my experience, the only thing that has had any impact on chronically disruptive students is to make some kind of personal connection with them. I'll sometimes sit next to them during time when othe...
Dissuading Cheating
Some teachers create multiple versions of each test or quiz in hopes making it more difficult for naughty students to cheat. Ms. Dabney’s strategy is easier to manage but just as effective.
Distraction Tickets
Instead of punishing those who instigate trouble or misbehave, Ms. Mariano rewards the students who ignore these negative distractions.
Distributing Classroom Responsibilities
Ms. Kauffman has a good routine for distributing classroom responsibilities fairly. You’ll never hear, “When is it my turn?” again.
Diversity Reading List
I have several suggestions for reading material that addresses diversity in the classroom. My professors in the Education Department at Georgia State University placed a lot of emphasis on helping us ...
Documenting Student Behavior
Most of the students I work with demonstrate behavior that is more inappropriate than the typical misbehavior in the regular classroom. It is important for me to keep track of the specific behaviors e...
Donde esta la Rana? (Where is the Frog?)
I used this activity instead of a test to find out if my students knew how to follow directions and had learned vocabulary words. Each student made a paper frog and put his/her name on it. On the boar...
Donors Fund Projects
I highly recommend to fund costly projects.
Doughnuts with Dad
Teachers go all out for Mother’s Day, but it can be easy to forget about Father’s Day – the end of the school year always makes for a busy time. Mr. Ohler offers great suggestions for celebrating dads and letting them know they are not forgotten.
Downtime Statues
Erin shares a quick downtime game she plays with her students. It helps them refine their ability to become calm and remain quiet and still, traits that teachers and parents alike will enjoy.
Dr. Seuss Day
We are getting ready for Dr. Seuss Day and we have a host of activities that we would like to share. We have some children who are assigned as Roving Readers. They will go into each class and read a b...
Dr. Seuss Goes Sports
Our school chose the theme Dr. Seuss Goes Sports for Read Across America. Each room will have the month of February to submit a collective single story of Dr. Seuss in some sporting event. I can't wai...
Dr. Seuss's Birthday
We plan to celebrate Read Across America Day by inviting community members to read to children and their parents. We will end the evening with a birthday cake. During the day, the kindergarten student...
As Ms. Sparks reads aloud to students, she keeps them engaged with an artistic activity. It teaches them about plot, sequencing and summarization.
Drawing Conclusions with Blue's Clues
One day the students and I were discussing the subject of Blue's Clues. The show is all about drawing conclusions, which is a skill with which the students were having problems. We examined the show a...
Drawing Permanent Lines on Marker Boards
Colored electrical tape and stick on letters can help you draw straight lines and identify sections of your board. Ms. Weise-Spence has a good idea for organizing your board clearly and neatly with just a little planning and the right tools.
Drawing Seats
Ms. Wells likes to shake up her seating chart on a regular basis. Read how her students use critical thinking skills to decipher clues and find their seats.
Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) Week
We celebrate reading for a week. On Monday the teachers perform skits taken from familiar story books. On Tuesday at a given time our school will Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) whether students are i...
Dry Erase Board Hall Pass
No need to keep writing hall passes on little slips of paper. Here’s a permanent pass that can be changed easily each time a student leaves the room.
Due in Two
Ms. Elliot has a nifty way of organizing and tracking her students’ work assignments. Her “Due in Two” routine sets clear expectations and firm consequences – and helps keep whole class running smoothly.
Duplicate Passes
To prevent dawdling in the hallways, Ms. Hayes developed a system for using hall passes that improves communication between teachers and holds students more accountable. It’s not very popular with students, but teachers love it – so it must work well!
Durable Name Tags
Working on nametags this summer? Here’s a way to make them readable and durable to last the entire school year.