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Reward Refuseniks with Responsibility
A whole new take on the "Three R's": Why rewarding "refusinks" with responsibility may be just what they need to thrive - and just what you need to survive.
Rookie Mistakes You Shouldn’t Make
Attention New Teachers! Just when you think you can't make it through another day...you CAN! And this educator's tips will guide you with some survival scenarios you may have never considered before.
Recharge Your Batteries for Second Semester
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, as the saying goes. See how one educator proves it every year so your classroom can ring in the New Year and leave the "holiday blahs "behind.
Redirecting Students’ Negative Behavior
Disruptive students don't always have to hold everyone else back. See how one educator turns bad behavior into positive purpose.
Rah-Rah Erasers
Karla K's tip is something to cheer about: a unique paper-saving idea that elementary students really love.
Random Coded Homework Check
This random homework check gives everyone a chance to get a good homework grade. Conscientious students are always rewards, and struggling students are encouraged to keep trying.
Rekindle Your Passion for the Profession
Has teaching to the test eroded your passion for the profession? Nancy has a small challenge, and a unique suggestion, to help you get excited about what you’re teaching and to infect your students with the same Passion Fever!
Read Aloud Commandments
Ms. Cashell reads aloud to her class on a daily basis and encourages parents to continue reading with their children even after they learn to read independently. She shares Read-Aloud Commandments from Mem Fox.
Reenergize Students' Bodies and Minds
When Ms. Ryan notices students beginning to stare off into space, she has a variety of strategies to help get her class back on track. She has physical activities that reenergize their bodies and pedagogical strategies that jolt their intellects.
Repeat Expectations
The best strategy Ms. Ortiz has found for students who always have to have the last word is called the "Broken Record" technique. Read more about this tip and see how it helps Ms. Ortiz avoid an argument and get the learning process back in motion.
Record & Track Behavior with Masking Tape
Ms. Ortiz has a nifty way of tracking and recording student behavior. Using her own shorthand and a bit of masking tape, she’s able to record accurately all the data she needs to make proper evaluations.
Recycled Waste Paper Project
This fun spring project gives students real experience with recycling and reusing common classroom waste and helps them understand the importance of keeping the environment clean and safe.
Relevant Science
In order to create a tangible presentation of science to her students, Ms. Postman used this idea that she says opened her learners' eyes to local and national science topics. It also helped her to review or present state standards.
Recess IEP
When Ms. Postman taught preschoolers with disabilities, she did indoor recess once a week in order to focus on specific IEP objectives. Here she shares a few ideas which could work with other student populations as well.
Rigorous Exploration
Yvonne is not a fan of "extra credit"; she thinks it sends students and parents the wrong message. Instead, she opts for "rigorous learning". See how works for her students and their ability to apply targeted skills at a higher level.
Reader Response Blogs
In order to encourage additional reading outside of class, Ms. Barela's school started this weekly strategy. See why her students and faculty both love this activity.
Realia Connects Students with History
Whenever Mr. Emersonis teaching about a bygone era, he tries to have things from that time period in the classroom. Can "Realia" connect your students to history? Read more, here.
Reading Stamina
Ms. Driver's school has a great way to study and prepare for their state test. Read about "Reading Stamina" and see how they've got this activity timed out to match the timing of testing sessions.
Reading Aloud Guidelines
When it comes time for students to read aloud, not all children feel comfortable. Check out Brenda B's guidelines that she created to create a safe envoronment for reading aloud.
Re-establishing Routines
When the school year begins, Ms. Hunter's colleagues establish procedures for the hallway, lunchroom, bathroom, etc. The routines are re-established and rotated as well - read more about Ms. Hunter's tip, here.
Read and Ride
Mr. Ertl's school started a new ‘Kids Read and Ride’ program this year for students to ride exercise bikes while reading fun magazines and books. They've had an increase in student excitement about reading and excercise. Win Win!
Rules for Success
With the help of the school counselor, Ms. Tvelt created "Rules for Success" for the difficult children she has in her class. In her systemof checks and minuses, she can accurately report behavior issues or progress to parents.
Read to Myself
With all the emphasis on standardized tests, Christine wanted her students to experience the simple joy of reading without the pressures of testing, etc. She found a book that helped her accomplish it and she shares that with you, here!
Reusable Flashcards
Flash cards can get "dog-eared", dirty, and othewise in need of replacing. That's why Ms. McHale came up with reusable flash cards. See if her tip can work for you!
RAT Short Answers
Here’s a neat way to help students learn to be concise in their written answers on tests or assignments. This activity also includes a group discussion where the whole class participates in assessing others' answers. Win Win!
Read, Write and Think
Ms. Hamblin is sharing a web site she found that works in her poetry curriculum - not only are their creative minds tapped, they love the lesson! There are other tools on the site she uses also - read about it all here!
Raining Management
Ms. Sheltom says this idea is the best thing she has ever tried maintain classroom management, and she is sharing it with you. Read about her "Raining Management" and see if it will work for you!
Random Index Cards
Ms. Baker has to learn the names of more than 100 students each year. She came up with a great way to learn their names, quickly make groups, manage seating, and more! See if her tip can work for you!
Random Volunteers
Selecting students to participate evenly and fairly can be difficult when it seems like the same hands are always going up. Here's fair and fun way to make sure even most shy students get a change to participate.
Read To Lead
Here's an easy and fun way to chose classroom helpers. Best of all, it comes "disguised" in a reading comprehension activity!
Reading Across America
Perfect for Read Across America! Ms. Henderson's classroom is cleared of all the furniture, and she creates a fun way to celebrate reading while learning about the United States map!
Reading Buddies
Ms. Reeder's school has a reading program that gives older students a leadership opportunity and younger students a special reading activity and time with the "big kids".
Reading and Baseball
Ms. Levy describes this as a 'no-lose and fun way to get kids to read'. See how her school and community come together for the love of reading.
Reading and Spelling Station
Students in Ms. Deaton's class and other classes practice fluency and build self-confidence because they enjoy this spelling and reading activity. Read more about her "Reading and Spelling Station" here.
Reading and Writing Site
Ms. Airy wants to share a website she found with you. Read her tip and see why she calls it "spectacular"!
Reading Assignment Accountability
Ms. Golumb created a tip to promote student reading that works like a charm for her. She gets parents involved andcreates a scenario whereby one student's slacking affects the whole class. Can "Reading Assignment Accountability" work for you?
Reading Calendar
Ms. O-Balles came up with a tip that not only encourages her students to read, it's also a good school-home link and reminder of important events.
Reading Comfortably
Ms. Herbert was gifted a tee-shirt for a reading program. In order to motivate her readers, she regifts this shirt every week. Read more about her tip and why her students love it!
Reading Discussions
Students in Ms. Moss' first- and second-grade literacy groups enjoy discussions about the books they've taken home and read. Based on that energ, she crafted this activity to encourage more reading and develop thinking skills.
Reading Festival
Celebreate reading with these two creative ideas for reading festivals. Ms. Stensrud says the students and parents love it and the community connection is remarkable.
Reading in the Halls
Here's a reading tip that Ms. Rufkahr enlisted her colleageus for during Read Across America.. It worked so well, her principal says the school should do it every week.
Reading Month Guests
When it comes to celebrating reading, Ms. Stamm invited the whole community! From politicians to parents, students are treated to guests from all walks of life who share their love of reading.
Reading on Tape
Ms. Braverman had to figure out a way to deliver social studies and science contents to all kinds, including non-readers. Her solution works for her and helps kids process new information without a struggle!
Reading Packets
Ms. Michalak has herstudents make a packet with four sections called predicting, clarifying, questioning, and summarizing to use as they read novels. What she does next helps them with comprehension, phonics, discussion, and more!
Reading Partners
When Mr. Reagan teaches older students, he pairs them as strong and weak readers. Then he teaches them three types of paired reading. Read more about his paried reading tips and see why this mentoing method works for him.
Reading to Students
In a class for emotionally disturbed students, downtime easlity turns to chaos. Ms. Blanchard solved that problem with this tip: a read-aloud time that fosters discussion, promotes listening comprehension, and modles a love of reading.
Reading Race
Talk about an amazing race! To foster the love of reading, Ms. Dinizo-Ruhl fashions a large racetrack that marks their reading progress every day. Parents are encouraged to get involved and best of all: ice cream at the finish line!
Breakfast Club
When approaching test preparation, Ms. Dekmar keeps in mind that good study habits must be learned and practiced. So she created a Breakfast Club, where students can study together and learn from each other under her guidance.
Real Life Math
Ms. Bock believes it's important for children to see a practical application of what they learn in school, and this activity has been a winner for her. See how she instills in her learner that we really do use math every day.
Recess First, Then Lunch
Recess before lunch? Ms. Laughlin's school tried it out and found these benefits: reduced fights and fewer stomach aches.
Recess Passes
Ms. Roker uses recess passes as a reward for good work. She has created a system with passes and desk checks, and it's a great motivator for children to get their work done and done well.
Recognition of Achievement
Ms. Mahieu keeps in touch with her former students in a very speacial way. See how she encourages them and roots them on throughout their educational career.
Recognizing Quality Writing
Here's a great tip to praise a student and to make sure everyone else sees it, too. Best of all, Ms. harman says this tip motivates her class to perform better.
Recommended Books for Language Arts Teachers
The performance and level of Ms. Isaac's youg writers has improved significantly since she took the advice of a book she is sharingg with you in this tip. It also taught her prepare and teach effective mini lessons and how to conference with students.
Recommending Classroom Books to Other Teachers
As you prepare to present information about your literature book, Ms. ohannsen offers some great advice she learned from the PMI Model. read more about her tip, and the model to see if these concepts can work for you.
Recorded Spelling
Ms. Gumz found a great way to communicate and teach her English Language Learners and their parents. She used a simple tape recorder and noticed her students' improvement and their families' appreciation.
Recording Completed Assignments
Ms. Westphal found a great way to keep kids on task and to record completed assignments.See what she does with simple 3" x 5" index cards that she claims works like magic!
Recycled Paint Trays
Ms. Wood encourages her students to recycle and as part of a real world application, she uses recycled items in her classroom. Read about her practical ways of making one man's trash her classroom's treasure.
Recycling Books
Ms. Jerden works with local secondhand book stores to keep students' favorites books in their hands as well as invovling parents to facilitate the exchanges. Read more about her "Recycling Books" tip, here!
Recycling for Art Activities
Mr. Edwards advises you to advantage of your school's recycling program for free art supplies. Read about his creative ideas to use and re-use cardboard, plastic, etc., in class projects that promote teamwork, problem-solving, and of course - creativity!
Recycling Paper
Here's a great tip from Ms. Keltner that models recyclcing to students and even gets some directly involved in the paper recycling process. Best of all? A donut breakfast and a tee shirt for recognition!
Recycling Paper Egg Cartons
Ms. Cristafulli recycles paper egg cartons every Spring for class projects. Read about these creative (and easy!) tips that can work for Spring holidays and Mother's Day gifts.
Recycling School Supplies
Here's a wonderful tip gives school supplies that were destined for the trash a whole new use. Read about the way Ms. Bechler's school coordinates recycling end-of-year supplies for her colleagues, local agencies, and preschools.
Recycling Student Supplies
Here's a wonderful tip gives school supplies that were destined for the trash a whole new use. Read about the way Ms. Bechler's school coordinates recycling end-of-year supplies for her colleagues, local agencies, and preschools.
Red Ribbon Collection
During Red Ribbon Week, Ms. Nickerson's district holds a canned food drive that's aimed at getting 100% participation from the staff and students. Read more about this service project themed: "I Can Be Drug Free".
Red Ribbon Week
Here are some ideas of activities to do during Red Ribbon Week which is a 'Just Say No To Drugs' program during the last week of October: 1) Have the students trace one of their feet on red paper, cut...
Reducing Zeros
Ms. Baird developed a strategy to reduce the number of zeros in her grade book from students choosing not to do assignments. Read about her "Reducing Zeros" tip that has helped make her students responsible for their learning.
Reflections on the Quarter Past
In Ms. Nichils' class, reprt card time isn't only about grades. Her students get a voice, too. Read more about her tip that gives students some ownership and gives her some grounding.
Relating Rules to Children's Reality
Ms. Wilson achieved far more compliance to rules since she started relating them to what students take to heart best: the notion of fairness. See how she incorporates the notion of fairness into her classroom stndards and why it really works for her.
Releasing Tension Due to Violence
Young children often feel that the violence they see in the media will happen to them next. Ms. Gaji has a wonderful way of calming students' minds (in the wake of a national tragedy) while incorporating a meaningful math activity.
Relieving Teacher Stress
To say that being an educator is stressful is a big understatement. That's why Cynthia's principal gave her staff the gift of relaxation. Read about it and see if it can work at your school!
Remembering Names
When you make a big impact on a student, he or she will likely come back for a visit. But what happens if you forget his or her name? Rather than be embarrassed or disappointing to your visitor, Ms.Stajduhar's colleague gave her this tip - and it works!
Remembering the Daily Objective
When students get home from school, their parents are likely to ask them what they learned in school that day. So, everyday, Ms. Cummings employs this tip so students have an answer ready. Her students and their parents love it!
Reminder Board
Ms. Norman uses what she calls a "Reminder Board" to track behavior as well as assign seats. Students who comply with class rules get choice seating (near a friend, etc.). Those who don't? That is where the "Reminder Board" comes in.
Reminder Board/Time Monitor
Ms. Ringer's "Reminder Board" informs her students of the day's special events and keep her and the class on schedule. She adds a timer into the mix and since she has started using this tip, she has not forgotten a schedule item or been late one time.
Removing Transparency Ink
Looking for a good, quick, clean way to clear transparency ink? Mr. Whippich says he has the best way to remove it, and he's sharing with you, here.
Repeated Readings
Ms. Anderson created a communication system that works well for children who are experiencing reading difficulties. When her students complete her activity, they can read a book of their choice fluently and their self-esteem soars.
Repeating Directions
Ms. Gronholz often struggled with students being confused after she gave directions for independent work. Then she came up with this tip that not only saves her a bunch of time, but also hones her students' listening skills!
Respond Signals
Instead of having students raise their hands to answer questions, Ms. Hasheri uses other signals, which allows all students to participate in answering questions. See how it works for her!
Responsibility Grade
Ms. Leimbacj noticed many of her same students were forgetting their materials for class. So, she implemented a responsibility grade that's easy to track in her grade book. Can "Responsibility Grade" work for your forgetful students?
Responsibility Grades
An approach Ms. Willey uses when she has a particularly unruly group is something she learned from a colleague. "Responsibility Grades" promotes student responsiblity, and provides documentation of infractions to show parents, principal, etc.
Responsibility in Drama Class
Ms. McElroy has a unique way of addressing special needs students in her theater class, using a variety of tasks that contribute to class productions, and help students feel important, achieve success, and behave well in the classroom.
Responsibility Rests with Students
Here's a strategy designed to help students catch upu after being absent. One catch: the responsiblity lies on the student to get caught up. Check out this tip takes the burden off of you without wasting classroom time.
Restroom Breaks
Kindergarteners need bathroom breaks more often than older kids. While Ms. Ebert's Kindergarteners are learning to raise their hands to speak, she incorporates another signal to indicated a bathroom request. Result? No interruption at story time!
Restroom Sign-Up
Ms. Lee uses a whiteboard to track the comings and goings of students leaving the classroom on bathroom breaks. This open and transparent system allows students monitor themselves, and it everyone knows when it is their turn.
Return Papers to Student Mailboxes
One thing that has really helped Mr. Postma organize papers and things to go home is to have student mailboxes. He found a unique way to create a veritable mail system in his classroom with the help of his students. Read about it, here.
Returning Library Books
Younger students need a "younger" way to remember to return library books. Ms. Punte created this cute tip that has increaded her library's rate of book returns by 40%!
Reusing Transparencies
When Ms. Shazley uses the same overhead material for several classes, she incorporates this tip so she doesn't have to rewrite the original.
Reviving Dried Out Markers
How many times do you end up throwing out markers because a student left the cap off? Ms. Ritzman has a special trick to revive dried out markers without diluting the color. Read about her 30 second solution.
Reviving Dry Erase Markers
Ever have one of your dry erase markers dry out? Here's a great tip to get more from your marker from Ms. Lawson that has worked for her for years!
Reviving Old Paint
Ms. Parks came up with a neat way to cut down on wasting paint in her art class. It's easy and perfect for tight budgets.
Reward System
Here's a neat way to reward good academic performance. Read about what Ms. Purvis does at the beginning of the year that really motivates her students to do well all year long.
Rewarding Good Grades
A small reward can sometimes pay large dividends for students who don't have much. That's why Mr. Bantis, who teaches in a low socio-economic area, came up with this tip to reward his students.
Rewarding Positive Behavior
Here's a great tip that emphasizes rewards rather than punishments. This educator's feels that if a student wants to hear his name he needs to engage in a positive behavior rather than a negative one.
Rewards, Special Stickers and Incentives
Ms. Eagle uses blank address labels to create personalized stickers for jobs well done. Students love that the stickers were created just for them. Best of all, other students are encouraged to perform better because they want their own stickers, too!
Right Side of Paper
Younger students sometimes have a hard time adapting to 3-ring loose leaf and sometimes write on the wrong side. This tip is a clever and easy way to get children to start on the correct side of the sheet.
Ringing in the New Year
In order to maintain effective classroom management upon returning to school after winter recess, Ms. Riggins implements this strategy to gently move students back into the swing of the school day.
Road to Good Talking
At the beginning of each school year, Ms. Ralabate creates a fun and effective way to set the tone about goals and objectives. Her students strive to reach them all year long. Best of all? This tip has her students begging for exta work!
Rolling Carts
Clearing out your classroom at the end of the year can be a pain. That's why Ms. Balderrama does her packing up "on wheels". Read more about how easy her end of the year classroom clear out is now!
Round Robin Review
Ms. Bridges' students of all ages love to practice in round robin form. So she uses note cards and creates a fun and effective review game with different curriculum themes.
Rounding Up with Meter Sticks
When Ms Moriil teaches rounding up to the nearest ten, she finds that meter sticks help students grasp the activity best. Read more about why she uses them and what else it helps her teach.
Rubric for Grading Notebooks
Ms. Long used to spend days grading her students' notebooks. that's why she deisgned this rubric, which breaks down the notebook grade into clasifications, which she describes for you in this time-saving tip.
Rubric Labels
Ms. Wells uses address labels for self-assessing rubrics. Then she asks the student to asses his or her performance based on the rubric. She finds that thie helps students understand how grades are earned and how to focus on specific skills and concepts.
Rules on Video
When Ms. Keihle was looking for a unique way to establish expected classroom behavoir, she enlisted her drama students! Read about how they crafted a fun way to review the class rules.