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Encouraging Students Who Refuse to Work
By now you've encountered students who refuse to do work. It may seem hopeless, but you can reach them. Here's what veteran educators want you to know.
Engage Students’ Interest with Images
When it comes to grabbing attention via all forms of media, image is everything. Use this tip to help boost your learners' interest in current events.
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Engaging Confrontational Students
When it comes to successfully dealing with defiant students, there really is a list of Dos and Don'ts. An educator who works on the front line of extraordinary classroom management challenges spells it all out for you here.
Effective Whiteboard Erasers
Keeping the whiteboard eraser clean is a dirty job. But it doesn't have to be. See how this educator's tip can save you some time and money during classroom cleanup!
Ensuring Accountability When Grading Group Projects
Teaching teamwork can be a challenge, but this educator's tip fosters working together for the greater good where it counts the most - their grades.
Engaging ELL Parents
Communicating with ELL parents can be a huge challenge. See how this educator bridges the language barrier with time and technology.
Engaging Parents Who Don’t Speak English
Ms. Nicole doesn’t let language barriers get in the way of fostering good communication with parents. Learn how she adapts proven parent engagement strategies for non-native speakers.
End-of-the-Year Survey
How are you performing as a teacher? Ms. Mims offers a way to let your students weigh in. She also includes a blog post to accompany her tip.
Expectations for Individuals in Small Groups
Ms. Ortiz found that students didn’t always learn well when working in small groups, until she discovered a simple strategy that keeps each member of the group better focused and more engaged.
Encouraging Parents to Read with their Children
Judy B., a retired teacher, encourages parents to read along with their children and offers guidance on reading techniques such as character voices, shared paragraph reading and making plot predictions.
Emotional Book Club
Ms. H created a book club that tackles life topics that students find challenging. Read about it here and see why her students finish one book and eagerly await the next.
Easy Transitioning for Little Ones
You’ve finished one activity, but before you can start the next one a few students are already straggling about. Ms. Postman has six suggestions to help you shepherd young students from one activity to the next quickly and easily.
Easy Updated Seating Charts
Here's a seat assignment tip that can serve as a time-saver for you as well as a valuable tool for subsitute teachers.
Electronic Parent Contacts
Beth loves her mobile device. She can synch it to her computer to type notes and contact information for easier tracking. She downloads and prints her notes before meetings. Read more about how this tiny technical tool can help you stay organized too.
End-of-the-Year Activity
With this fun letter-writing activity, Ms. Ryan’s students reinforce writing skills they learned throughout the year and establish connections with students in other classes.
Encouraging Reluctant Readers
Movie trailers make us excited about what we want to see next. Why not get your students excited about what book to read next in that same way? Learn how Ms. Endara piques her students’ interest and gets them excited to choose their next book.
Early Options
Do you have students who finish early and need something to do? Ms. Buckman has suggestions for keeping them productive and busy without disturbing the rest of the class.
Easy Bulletin Board Backgrounds
Bulletin board paper can be tough to work with. Ms. Thompson has a better, more fun way to make your bulletin boards pop with color.
Tracking Classroom Supplies
Learn what Ms. Hanson does to make tracking depleted classroom supplies a breeze. She suggests an easy way to record and manage a list throughout the year, so replacing supplies eliminates guesswork and mistakes.
Echo Me, Please
Getting large groups of distracted or socializing students to pay attention to what you are announcing can be a daunting task. This tip may help. Read about it here and see if it can work for you.
Adopt an Acre of Rainforest
Prep for Earth Day with this project-based activity in which students learn about the effects of deforestation and educate others in the community. Does your class want to adopt an acre?
Effort Grades
Ms. Premo shares her technique for recording the effort and activities of her 500 art students. Her detailed coding system gives her more to share with parents other than the generic S for Satisfactory.
Egg Carton Multiplication
If you’re looking for more math games, here’s a fun way your students can practice multiplication facts with only a Ping-Pong ball and an empty egg carton. Help your students bounce their way to multiplication success.
Egg Hunt Review
Students create multiple choice or fill-in-the-blank review questions for all subjects. Parent volunteers stuff plastic eggs with these questions and hide them outside. Students work with a partner to find the eggs and answer the questions.
Egg-citing Egg Math
Ms. Shackelford cuts egg cartons into ten holes to estimate, count, tally, and sort plastic eggs. Learn how she extends this lesson to the grocery store and helps her students become savvy shoppers. She culminates her egg unit with an egg hunt.
El Zippo Moving Game
Mrs. Cochran plays an active review game with her class. Her students write the questions and answers, and then quiz each other. As students answer questions correctly, they move about the classroom switching seats with each other and the teacher.
Electing Our President
Ms. Wells offers a tip to help students learn about presidential elections, the power of the press, and the basics of campaigning. The whole school gets invovled and culminates in an election - with REAL voting booths!
Electronic Pen Pals
Here's a fun way to foster releationships between younger and older students. See how these educators are briging the age gap at their school.
Electronic Reading Group
Here's a great tip for a school-wide reading celebration that involves students and staff. Read about Ms; Martin's tip here.
Electronic Sub Plans
Planning for a sub isn't easy, especially if you're ill or have an emergecy to tend to. Ms. Garrett offer some time-saving tips to help you when your sub needs arise at the last-minute.
Element Mobiles
Looking for a unique way to acquaint your science learners with the Periodic Table? Tap their creativity! See how Dr. Elena Maldonado-Vargas does it, and if her tip work for you!
Element Relationships
Who’s that sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G? Your middle school students decide in this fun activity in which they profile an element from the Periodic Table, then write a love letter to a compatible element.
Elementary School Student Council
Jaymes has great advice for anyone looking to start a student council at their elementary school. Read about leadership roles and project ideas that worked in his school.
E-mail Better Than Signatures
Ms. Trabucca created a new parent test and signature system. She uses a mass email alert, making parent-teacher communication faster, easier and cheaper. And best of all, it places responsibility for follow up on the parents. Find out how she does it.
Email Connections
Ms. Furr helps parents connect with their child's school experience by employing this tip. Read about it and see if it can work for you!
E-Mail Extras
Want to reinfroce students' good classroom work habits? It may be as sinple as a click of your camera. Read all about Ms. Ceese's tip that might work as a communication tool for parents, too.
Emergency Plans
Ms. Christoph keeps a box under her desk. Read about what's in it that saves her time and hassle when she's got an emergency.
Emergency Procedures
If there should be an incident at our high school of 770 students, we hear a special code over the P.A. or intercom. It tells us what the incident is, specifically, and where it is taking place. We lo...
Encouraging Classroom Participation
The sound of silence is seldom a problem in Mr. Albrantdt’s science class. His students are eager to participate in classroom discussions. Find out why.
Encouraging Healthy Snacks
When we arrive at school our team focuses our first unit on nutrition. We encourage healthy snacks and provide incentives for those who participate in the monthly program.
Encouraging Oral Reading
Some teachers create writing prompts to facilitate creative writing. Mr. Shuler creates reading prompts to help students practice their oral reading skills. They prompts are unique, and his students have fun with the assignments.
Encouraging Students To Read Aloud
Mr. Drew gets even his shiest students to read aloud through this unique group reading activity that involves taking and viewing video of themselves.
Keeping track of students and make sure they get where they need to go at the end of the day can be hectic and stressful. Ms. Coulter developed a simple sign-in routine that students perform each morning, making dismissal a stress-free breeze.
End of the Day Routines
Looking for some routines to keep your classroom clean and orderly? This educator's tip can help you do that while teaching students pride, responsibility, and teamwork -- all in one fell swoop!
Enlarged Mouse Pads
Her young students sometimes have difficulty keeping their mice on their pads, so Ms. Sharpless came up with a unique, inexpensive solution that helps students point, click and scroll with ease. Find out how she did it.
Enlisting Students' Help
If you teach more than one content area and/or have large class sizes, you know how difficult it can be to keep track of assignments. Ms. Graham’s paperwork routine puts students at the center of her solution to this common problem.
Environmental Prints
Ms. O-Balles has a unique way to keep students learning about words, letters, and sounds long after they've left the classroom. Read about her tip and see if it can work for you!
Equal Participation
Ms. Caldwell knows how hard it is to select students fairly and equally, so she offers this tip in case you are in the same predicatment.
Equitable Team Homework
Are you tired of your students doing homework from other classes during yours? Here's a creative solution that encourages students to complete homework at home and stay on-task in the classroom.
Essential 55
Ms. Keltner read a book that changed the way she sees her career as an educator. See why she wants you to read "Essential 55", too.
Essential Skills
Middle school educator Ms. Auman read a book that changed the way she teaches and grades book reports. Read about the book here, and how she uses it to integrate life skills learning into her curriculum.
Evaporating Ee's
What do science, handwriting, and reading have in common? Ms. Hites has the answer in this tip, that invovles a unique - and fun - cross-curricular lesson.
Every Job Requires Readers
Ms. Young instills instills the importance of reading as a life skill into her students with activities that simulate real world careers. Best of all, she invites workers and leaders in the community to reinforce the lesson.
Everyone's a Critic
When Ms. Pergande shows instructional videos to her class, she uses a unique strategy to encourage attentive listening. Read more about how she organizes the game, rewards students for playing, and get everyone to be a film critic.
Exemplary Wall
Ms. Potter motivates students to perform well on test and quizzes and to behave well at school with a unique version of a hall of fame. The best part is that it’s portable: student can take pieces of it home to share their good works with family.
Exit Tickets
Students check in, but they don’t check out… unless they have an Exit Ticket! This simple exit strategy keeps Ms. Toivonen’s students engaged and on task throughout the period and orderly on their way out the door. Muahahaha!
Exploring the Titanic
Ms. Marvin combines a reading lesson with American history while tapping her students' creative energies. Read about her tip and see if it can work for you!
Extra Copy Box
If you can’t remember the last time no one was absent or left your classroom early, you’ll appreciate this procedure for make-up work. Students are accountable for themselves and their work, and it cuts down on disruptions.
EZ Grading Scale
Ms. Bateson never misplaces her EZ Grading Scale because she uses this simple tip. Read all about it here!
Excursion Behavior
Before field trips, Ms. Scruggs asks the students themselves to provide rules for their own behavior outside the classroom. Creating this list helps the students take ownership of their actions and simplifies classroom management.