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Ladybug Lessons for Spring
Students love ladybugs and having class outside. See how one educator combines both for a creative way to engage science and literature learners.
Lessen the Limelighting
Limelighters, or attention-getters, will stop at nothing to be noticed - including disrupting your class. Employ these tips to help sate their attention-cravings without curbing their confidence.
Leaving Homework to Chance
Getting students excited about homework AND cutting your paperwork in half! Does it sound too good to be true? Take a chance and check out this tip!
Lights, Action, Focus
Tired of your students using film-watching time to take naps or otherwise distract themselves? Here's a tip that may help them stay awake, pay attention, and actually participate!
Learning Students’ Names
Using photographs goes a long way in Ms. Hahn's class. See how she uses student snapshots for icebreakers, classroom activities, and even something parents find valuable!
Low-Cost and Free White Board Erasers
Think you’re a thrifty teacher? Check out these ideas for dry-erase board erasers that cost next to nothing.
Literary Character Olympics
Tracee holds her own version of the Summer Olympics in her English class. Characters from novels serve as the athletes, and students decide in which events the characters compete. Students defend choices in large group discussion.
“Let’s Save the Earth” Presentation
Using photography and PowerPoint, Ms. Postman developed an activity that shows her students how small, individual acts can make a big difference in protecting the environment.
Late Homework Pass
Some teachers reward students by giving them a free pass, allowing them to skip an assignment. But Ms. Sanders thinks not doing the homework short-changes the student. Her version of the homework pass ensures students get the reward AND the lesson.
Lab Schedule
Computer Lab scheduling can get chaotic, but Ms. Bowling and her colleagues nip that in the bud when school starts. See how they create and maintain efficient Lab scheduling throughout the year.
Label that Table
The flip side of privilege is responsibility, an idea that Ms. Paschke reinforces in her classroom with a method of grouping students together and rotating their access to classroom “extras.”
Laminated Kisses
This is a very sweet tip to help younger students adjust on the first day of school. See how Ms. Talton helps her pre-K students feel brave and more comfortable.
Laminating Film Has Many Uses
Don't throw away that leftover laminate! Ms. Trantham upcycles hers into a fun art project with many possibilities.
Laminating Posters
Here is a great tip that can help you preserve the beauty and usefulness of posters.
Leap-Frog Repeating
Getting students to listen can be daunting. Ms. Roker has a great way to increase her students' listening skills that offers everyone a chance to know - and say - the answer.
Learning About Each Other
With this get-to-know-you activity, Ms. Herbert’s fourth-grade students practice their conversational skills, learn proper etiquette, and learn just about everything they ever wanted to know about their teacher.
Learning Centers
When any of Ms. Carranza's students finish their work ahead of the class, she employs an idea she first encountered 20 years ago as a beginning teacher. Read about how her tip helps her learners spend their free time on enrichment and learning.
Learning Names
Imagine tackling the first week of school by learning 150 names! Ms. Bailey does it with tranparencies and colored paper. Read about her tip and see if you can make it work for you.
Learning Styles and Vocabulary
Ms. Hunter takes what can be boring vocabulary and definition drills to a new level. Through fun review games, her students “see” the vocabulary words in their brains as they illustrate the definitions in a visual way.
Leftover Laminating Film
As an art teacher for 29 years,, Ms. Carroll can find a use for anything that's left over - and that include laminating film. See what she does on her ironing board at home that gives new life to something you might be throwing in the trash.
Lesson Objectives
Ms. Dolloff gives her students a copy of the objective for each lesson. When it comes time to study for the tests, students use these as review tools. Read more about her tip and see if it can work for you.
Lesson Plan Copies
Para-educators, reading specialists, teacher aids, and anyone else who works along with you in the classroom will appreciate this simple procedure. A little extra time on your part will help others help you – and your students.
Lesson Plan Folder
This educator has created a way for lesson plans to also serve as assignment sheets. Read about what other timesaving tips this idea can bring you!
Let It Snow
Ms. Rios used her students' excitement about a snowfall as a teachable moment. See how she tapped their energy to cover poetry, vocabulary, and writing skills!
Letters to and from Students
To encourage her students to communicate in writing, Ms. Rosso has a small rural mailbox in my classroom in which the children can 'mail' her a letter. This tip really works for her!
Letters to Santa
This holiday writing project matches high school students with first graders. Younger students write letters to Santa Claus, while older students assist them with their writing and then answer those letters.
Letters to the Editor
Ms. Clouasen's writing students send letters to the editor of local city papers and larger publications.. Students take it very seriously since their audience will be public. See what else makes this tip work for Ms. Clausen!
Library Open House
Ms. Neighbors holds open house for staff to showcasenew books, equipment, and other materials that have come in over the summer. She even makes it a festive event! read more about her tip, here.
Library Orientation
Here's a fun way to get students acquainted with all the resources that Ms. Lewis's library has to offer. Best of all, this orientation gives students credit for their "work"!
Life-Long Reading
See what Dr. Schulte post outside his classroom door every morning to get his students hooked on reading.
Line Signs
When it's time to line up, things can get chaotic in the classroom - especially at lunch time. Here's a unique tip from Ms. Williamson that works for her to reduce the amount of time it takes for the class to form a quiet line-up.
Linking Drama to Chemistry
Why would a chemistry teacher encourage his students to see their school drama productions? Ms. Smith answers that in this tip, and explains how it enriches her curriculum.
Liquid Nails
Ms. Reid had two big problems in her classroom: lack of storage space and keeping posters and charts from falling off the walls. She solved both problems with one solution and wants to share her tip with you!
Listening and Thinking
Mr. Edwards came up with a clever way to hone students' listening skills. Best of all, it's a game, and students sometimes aren't even aware of the valuable listening lesson they learn from it.
Listening Skills Activity
Here's a listening skill activity that Mr. Kovach uses on and off all year. It's light-hearted, and it works for him. Read about it here and see if it can work for you!
Literature about the Old West
When it comes ot teaching about the Old West, this educator says silence is golden. See how she teachers her high school learners by using olf films in a unique way.
Literature Letters
Ms. Aten's students learn about the books they are reading by writing letters back and forth to each other. See if her "Literature Letters" tip can work for you!
Local Association Coffee Break
To welcome new teachers into our system, the officers of Ms. Rios's association dedicates a portion of one of the inservice breaks to them. Read more about this wonderful way to welcome new educators feel at home.
Local Info
Looking for some wonderful and usually free teaching resources to start the school year? Check out Ms. Owens's tip, here.
Log Cabins
This fun arts and crafts project for young children shows them how to make a log cabin with common items found at home and school.
Looping Preparation
Ms. Greenwood has learned that no matter how well you know your students at the end of one year, much growth occurs during the summer. See how she incorporates a "then and now" set of lessons into her curriculum and how it helps her craft more lessons.
Love Boxes
The smallest gestures can have the biggest impacts, and Ms. Fawver knows it first-hand. Read about the "little things" she uses in her class as positive behavior incentives.
Love Those Verbs
How can love songs from the 70's, 80's and 90's help you teach language arts? Read about Ms. Alicea's tip and see why it's been music to her ears.
Lowering Noise Levels
To remind children of excess noise, Ms. Hutchinson employs a very simple method that works for her. Can it work for you? Read about it, here.
Low-Temp Glue Guns
Ms. McDonald found something that works wonders attaching posters to the walls of my classroom. And best of all, her tip doesn't leave holes in the walls or the posters.
Lunch Choices
What a unique way to use colored paint or counter top samples from the hardware store! See how they help Ms. Moneymaker execute an efficient lunchtime pricedure.
Lunch Music
Ms. Williams noise control tip not only calms her students at lunch time but allows a diverse artistic appreciation.
Lunch on Me
When it comes to her substitute teachers, Ms. Playford pays it forward. This tip, also a kind-hearted gesture, really does work for her!
Lunch Pockets
Here's a nifty timesaver that Ms. Masters wants to share with you. See how she tracks attendance, behavior, and lunch counts all in one fell swoop!
Lunchroom Manners
Cafeteria chaos: you probably know it well. That's why Ms. Playford is sharing her tip that she says helps children learn proper etiquette and makes the lunch period runs much smoother.