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No-Travel Field Trips
Budget woes squashing your frield trip plans? Here's a great tip for discovering out-of-class learning in your own backyard!
Never Count Down to the Last Day of School
Ms. Baluch nips her students’ springtime chaos in the “bud.” Read how she avoids spring fever and the craziness that builds up to the last day of school. She sticks to the standards and teaches through the last day.
Noisy Pencil Sharpening Pointers
Ms. Segrist has a solution to the pencil problems most teachers face: lines at the sharpener and constant interruptions for pencils. Read how her students keep track of their own supplies and are never without a sharpened pencil.
No Asparagus and No Cheating
Mr. Holmes is serious about addressing issues around academic dishonesty, but he does so with a humorous anecdote about asparagus and snapdragons (trust us, you’ll love it!). It sets the stage for two strategies that deter cheating on tests.
Next Steps Discipline
A veteran high school teacher narrows down her classroom rules to just three. She developed the rules through class discussion, complete with Next Steps to support them.
Modeling Independent Note Taking
I model note taking by showing students how to focus on main ideas when writing down their notes. I allow them to use their MacBooks or notebooks, whichever works for them. We have notes...
Numerous Numbers Introductions
Marion C. has a unique twist on a familiar assignment: students write an autobiography – using as many numbers possible. She completes the activity by using even more numbers.
NIE Mock Vote
I recently attended a Newspapers in Education workshop and plan to educate my first grade students in the 2008 presidential campaign and the voting process through newspapers.
No More Chalk Dust
"An experienced teacher gave me this tip ages ago. For a terrific chalk board cleaner, dab a terry cloth rag with Old English Furniture Polish.
No Need to Panic: Make Lists
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time, of course! This teacher confronts her own personal elephant (professional development) by making several big lists and then turning those lists into small, bite-sized, actionable items.
Name Anagrams
At the beginning of the year I have my eighth grade science students write an anagram of their name. This helps me get to know them and they seem to enjoy working on this idea of who they are.
Name Badges Make Good Hall Passes
As an Association leader, I attend a number of state meetings. I have found a use for all the name badges I have received. I re-use them in my classroom as hall passes! On the back of each pass I writ...
Name Buttons
To learn students' names quickly (and keep them busy while I attend to first day housekeeping chores), I use our school buttonmaker. The children all receive precut circles and design name buttons, ma...
Name Labels
After I receive my class list, I put each child's name on a label. I print about ten pages of the labels. I use them to put on the front of workbooks, in class books, on folders, and on anything that ...
Naming Canes
In this holiday writing activity, Ms. Carswell has her students taste-test a variety of gourmet candy canes, write descriptive paragraphs about them, and then rename the candy canes with holiday spirit.
National Association of School Psychologists
In light of the tragedy in Littleton, Colorado, educators may find valuable information on the National Association of School Psychologists web site, If you click on 'What's Ne...
Naturally Descriptive
This is an excellent way to develop skills in writing descriptive paragraphs. It also addresses the issue of using power words to start sentences. We proudly display the published work in the hall wit...
Nature Bracelets
In autumn, my students make nature bracelets. Take masking tape and turn it so the sticky side is out and then stick leaves, grass, and flowers to the tape I have done this activity two ways, going ou...
Neat Treat
Ms. Wrachford has a clever method of motivating students to keep their desks neat and organized. She calls it a daily “Neat Treat” and loves that it helps prevent students from wasting time during the day while they hunt for materials.
Need a Secretary?
I'm a 2nd year teacher and found out the hard way that each teacher really does need their own secretary! I was fortunate enough my first year to have a fabulous Para who helped me keep things straigh...
Needs Improvement
If tenured teachers in our district receive a 'Needs Improvement' on their yearly evaluation, the administrator must write specific information on what needs to be rectified. For instance, did the tea...
New Beginnings
The third-grade students in Ms. Cirtin’s class memorize a poem by Helen Steiner Rice to help them remember important things. It sets the right tone for the rest of the year. Some of her students still remember and recite the poem as graduating seniors.
New Student Reception
Every year in September, we have a New Student Reception at our high school. We have a 45-minute tutorial session once a week so we have it during that time. We give the new students a goody bag of li...
New Teacher Survival Bag
I pack a survival bag for new teachers. I paste sunflowers on a white bag and stuff it with joke items they might need to survive the first week of school. I put in a nail file for the broken nails th...
New Teachers Luncheon
A colleague and I host a luncheon for new teachers on our first report-to-school day. Our teachers' association supports this by reimbursing the cost. We invite veteran teachers and second year teache...
New Year Resolutions
Read about how Ms. McGinley’s class sets their resolutions and goals in the New Year. Her students’ resolutions are documented on official paper, and they are held accountable for the goals they set.
Newspaper Hunts
Ms. Graham teaches reading comprehension and information gathering skills with a newspaper activity that fosters friendly competition, raises the classroom energy level, and encourages self-directed learning.
Newspaper Noun Activity
My students enjoy newspaper activity days. When I teach nouns, they work in groups to find the different types of nouns (common, proper, collective, compound) in the newspaper, cut them out and tape t...
Newspaper Skills
After working for 10 years with a sponsor in the Newspapers in Education program, Ms. Arnold has learned a thing or two about using the daily paper supplement her reading, math, science and geography lessons.
Newspaper Test
Several times a year I buy enough newspapers for my entire class. I draft a test that requires them to use the table of contents on the front of the paper to find the answers quickly. I include questi...
No Blue Fingers
If you must use transparency markers, wipe them off with a diaper wipe. Get the cheapest ones and not the ones with aloe. I put on rubber gloves and clean away. No blue fingers. No students spraying e...
No More Missing Scissors
To end the problem of having my supply of student scissors dwindle each year, I devised a permanent method of marking them. I purchased nylon zip-ties (sometimes called cable ties) inexpensively from ...
No Names
A few years ago I got thoroughly fed up with trying to track down the owners of no-name papers. Now I put a folder on the wall labeled 'NO NAMES'. When grade sheets are passed around (printed by confi...
No Whining!
To cure students in my classroom who are chronic whiners, I have made a Whine Cup. This is NOT an award they want sitting on their desk. It consists of a plastic trophy cup to which I have added sever...
Noise Level Music
Mr. Pilkenton has a simple harmonious solution to quiet his students and get their attention. One swoop on his harmonica and his students stop what they are doing.
Noise Thermometer
Ms. Reich monitors the Noise Temperature in her classroom with a giant thermometer and a bit of red Velcro mercury. With this device on display for the whole class, students monitor their own behavior and work cooperatively to keep noise levels down.
Noisy Writing
I came up with an easy way to help young writers remember to start each sentence with a capital letter and to use punctuation at the end. During their writing time they can make noise! They may beep w...
Non-Embarrassing Discipline
I have discovered ways of enforcing discipline without disrupting the class or embarrassing the student. First I give a look, move towards, or deliver a note the student. If that does not work, I fill...
Non-English Speaking Parents
To communicate with parents who don't speak English and are not literate in their language, I ask our school's ESOL Facilitator for that particular language to record my message on a cassette to send ...
Make-Up Work Not Acceptable
Ms. Mack doesn’t accept late work. Find out how she motivates students to submit work on time, creates equity and fairness in her classroom, and (best of all!) makes life easier on herself.
Note Exchange
I offer a 'note exchange' because many students have difficulties with fine motor skills and auditory processing. Students need to practice note taking skills in preparation for high school, but they ...
Notes of Thanks
This letter writing activity embraces the spirit of Thanksgiving, but it’s also appropriate for other occasions – or no occasion at all.
Nouns and Verbs
These songs were created to teach a fourth grade collaborative language arts class. We enhance our appearance with anything we can find in the music teacher's storage closet. The top hats and sequin b...
Novel Bookmarks
If your LD students have had trouble with reading comprehension and sequencing events, Ms. Charpentier has a nifty idea that may work for you too. All it takes are some index cards and this quick routine.
Numbered Non-Consumables
Everything in my room that is non-consumable and used by the children has a number on it. All the students are assigned a number at the beginning of the year and they use the same numbered non-consuma...
Numbers Bee
You’ve heard of the Spelling Bee, but Mr. Saborio’s class plays a game called Numbers Bee. Use this game to teach young students basic number recognition and older students place value, fractions and decimals.
Grading by Number
Mr. Crawley found he was spending too much time entering students’ grades on his computer. With a simple adjustment to his files, he reduced the time by 50 percent. Find out how he did it.