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Take a Math Bath!
Homework in the bathtub? Read about how Mrs. Morgan's second graders learn all about measurements and volume while they get clean
Three Tools To Communicate with Students Outside of Class
Need to engage students beyond classroom hours? Ms. Pirzer shares her preferred online tools to communicate with students while maintaining professionalism and privacy.
The Sticky Way to Prioritize
Stock up on sticky notes! Here's a great tip to keep you on track and organized.
Texting Students
Online communication for your students and parents is a vital part to teaching today, but what about relevant and appropriate texting? There's an app for that and it's all right here in this educator's tip!
Teaching Current Events with C3 Inquiries
This is a unique tip about a tool that can incorporate students' natural curiosity in shaping their interest in current events.
Timely Transitions
Fidgety, talkative, sauntering students can throw your well-plannd day way off-track. Here are some valuable tips that will hep you make every second count!
Three Ways to Recycle and Reuse Holiday Cards and Calendars
Don’t throw out your holiday cards and 2015 calendars once the New Year begins. Instead, check out these DIY ideas to use these holiday staples in your classroom.
The Santa Debates
Who can keep your AP English students on task right before Winter break? Santa Claus! Here's a tip that incorporates the magic of the holidays and helps students stay engaged in learning.
Turning Reluctant Readers Into Ready Readers
Are you at your wit's end with your relucant readers? Dont give up. This educator spells out some fresh ideas you may not have tried yet!
Three Ways To Calm Classroom Chaos
Talkative, chatty students can absolutely steer your class off-course. See these tried and true tips that helped these educators take back the wheel and get their classes back on track.
Teaching From Start To Finish
Keeping students busy while you tend to routine duties can be a challenge. If you're looking for ways to occupy students' time in a meaningful way while you work, Ms. Roach has got your "ticket"!
Transition With Tunes
Using music as a time management tool? See how Ms. Hadwerk makes it work for her!
The Play’s the Thing…That Will Keep Students Interested
Seventh-grade teacher Nadine Pierce uses plays to keep students engaged in their learning and combat the post-standardized testing slump.
Teaching Grammar with Real Writing Samples
In the old days, it was an overhead projector. Today it’s a smartboard, and Jane uses hers, along with samples of students’ writing, in a three-step process for teaching the rules of grammar and punctuation.
Texts to Trusting Relationships
Communication and trust that are key to fostering student success, yet connecting with parents still remains a challenge for many educators. Savvy teachers like Ms. TerLouw are discovering new ways of creating meaningful parent-teacher relationships.
Testing Tactics
Chewing gum in school? During tests? Ms. Cashell makes an exception to the rule. Find out why and read about her other testing tactics that help students relax, concentrate and perform their best.
Tips for Walking in the Hall Quietly
Ms. Gross assigns classroom jobs to help her class walk silently in the hallways. Learn how a Line Leader, Tapper, Door Holder, and setting landmark stopping zones help her students move from classroom to classroom smoothly and silently.
Two Routines to Keep Students Focused and On Task
Ms. Ortiz has two suggestions for taming a talkative classroom and keeping students on task. One is a simple classroom management routine, and the other a slight variation to a common teaching method that makes all the difference.
Transition Technique
Having trouble getting students to quiet down quickly and focus when you transition to a new activity? Ms. Ortiz shares an entertaining and effective strategy – and students will love singing along with you!
Two Truths and a Lie
Here’s your students’ chance to delight in telling a fib. Find out how Ms. Howe’s call plays this poker-faced icebreaker game – your class will love it too.
Top Ten Icebreaker
What’s so great about going back to school? Lots of things. And Ms. Orman challenges her students to name them, using an activity that would make David Letterman jealous.
Trimming Lamination
Are you tired of sticky laminating film sticking to your scissors? Here’s a special trick to stop the stick!
Team Teaching Aviation & Flight
Ms. O’Brien shares her school’s strategy for team teaching a unit on flight and aviation. Several teachers from all disciplines work together. This model can be applied to other thematic units and a variety of grade levels.
Teaching Visual Learners
When you speak to your class do your students hear what the Peanuts gang hear when adults talk? Ms. Mims has a good suggestion for breaking through the noise and reaching visual learners.
Turn the Tables on the Tantrum Thrower
Find out how this principal turned the tables on a young student with a penchant for temper tantrums. This simple yet creative solution changed the bad behavior for good, and it only took three tries!
Teach “Real World Skills” with Theater Activities
Learn how this drama teacher uses theater to help her students develop teamwork and presentation skills. Beth takes you through the three steps of writing skits, performing them, and assessing the final production.
The Bell Game
Ms. Cashell teaches her students about the advantages of being quiet and staying focused with the “Bell Game.” The entire class plays together, challenging each person to focus on listening and remaining quiet.
Three Incentives for Good Behavior
Distribute coupons for good behavior, award bonus points for completed assignments, and give whole-class mini quizzes. Everyone in the class has the same opportunity to earn bonus points as long as they are doing what they are supposed to do.
Teddy Bear Journals
Ms. Davis found a way to encourage her young students to write more at home. They take turns bringing home a teddy bear for the night and then write about their sleepover in a group journal.
Three Interruption Tokens
Many classrooms seem to have a student who craves attention and constantly interrupts. This simple idea guarantees that the student will get attention, but with boundaries and limitations that make it convenient for you.
The Maze Team Builder
Christine begins the year with a team building puzzle, using masking tape to create a maze on the floor. Students work in teams to navigate through it as fast as possible. Read more about how she uses this activity to break the ice and build community.
Thank You Staff!
Ms. Cashell’s students make and send thank you cards to the staff at the end of the school year. Her students choose a staff member and send a thank you card on behalf of the class. Read how a small act of kindness touches others.
Traffic Light Classroom Setup
Here's a classroom setup tip that gives even the kids who like to sit "in the back" an obstructed, clear view. Find out more about Traffic Light Setup and see if it can work for you.
Time Management for Teachers
"I hav plenty of time to get everything done", said no teacher ever. Here are some timesaving tips from Laure R. - including a book she recommends - that will help you navigate your precious time more efficiently.
Talkative Class
If your class as a whole talks too much here is some great advice that's worked well for this veteran educator. Learn the different ways Ms. Ortiz gets her class quieted down and back on task.
Teaching Organizational Skills
Here are some daily procudeures that work well in keping dismissal less hectic. Find out what Ms. Sullivan does throughout the day that has everyone ready to go when the dismissal bell is about to ring.
Trading Germs
Here's an important activity that teaches the power of germs and germ transmission in the classroom. Best of all, to demonstrate it, all you'll need is a few items you probably have in your kitchen right now.
Ten Questions to Start the Year
Ms. Skid, a retired high school teacher, suggests excellent conversation starters that will engage students and elicit great responses to help the class learn more about each other.
Tattle Box
Ms. Reisner was having majot problems with students tattleing. So she devised a way to end the disruptions by creating a safe place for students to write out their grievances. Result? Less drama and more time for productive teaching and learning.
Two Person Book Report
Reading together doesn’t have to stop with primary grades, so Ms. Bonfilio encourages families to bond over books with these great suggestions for reading aloud together and a unique two-person book report.
Tennis Ball Containers
Here's a money-saver and great way to model recycling to students. Ms. Hajek uses tennis ball cans to store small games pieces. When you peel off the label, you have a see-through tube with a lid most grades can handle.
The Cay
Ms. Maitlin and Ms. Kemp pull out all the stops when it comes to reading "The Cay". Read all about celebrating with island-themed music, tropical food, and of course, discussion about the book.
Token Behavior
Here's a grea tip to get students work hard to practice good behavior and learn about consequences when they make bad choices.
Tidy Technology Tools
Ms. moran was struggling to keep up with all of the pieces and parts that accompany the technology tools in her room. Then she came up with this tip, and now she no longer hunts for gadgets; the are all within reach!
Tense Shifts
Ms. Winters tried for years to get her students to stop using tense shifts - to no avail. Then she came up with a rule that forces students to use either past OR present tense. This tip is so successful, her department uses it across the curriculum!
Taking Off Quietly
Here's an interesting tip that puts you in the cockpit and your students as passengers in the cabin. Read about this airlplane metaphor for classroom management to see if it can calm you class in times of turbulence.
Tai Chi Moments
When Mr. Tavarez's students get fidgety, it's time to "go to China". Students know what that means: it's time for a physical and spiritual tai chi break. What follows is better focus and staying on task.
Take a Card...
If you do a lot of cooperativee activiites like Ms. Long does, you're always looking for fun ways to create groups. Here's one that her students love. All you need is a deck of cards, then sit back and watch students have a blast getting into groups.
Take Home Test
Every so often, Ms. Mercier conducts a test review with a twist: students take home a lesson unit and teach their parents the material! Teaching helps students learn, and parents love to be informed and participate. Win win!
Take It Apart Party
Mr. Jeffery offers sound suggestions for educators wishing to start or improve their middle school student council.
Take One Box
Here's a time-saving tip from Mr. Schweers for handing out papers. If the "Take One Box" has something in it, students know to pick it up. The responsbility is theirs, the extra time is yours.
Take-Home Boxes
In the beginning of the year, Ms. Darr's students bring in cereal boxes, decorate them, and attach them to their desks. For the rest of the year, this is where important take-home papers are stored, so they don't get "swallowed up" in desks.
Taking Notes
Ms. Schram doesn't lecture to her students but she has them take divided page notes as they read. With a Power Point presentation, she "tests" the notes they take, marking their success with marbles in a jar. Find out what happens when the jar gets full!
Taking Notes at the Zoo
On a field trip, it's difficult for students to take notes because they have to juggle note paper or clipboards. Ms. Roker came up with this fantastic way for note-taking to really work on fields trips. Find out how she used this tip on a trip to the zoo!
Taking Part in Silent Reading & SSR
If you have difficulty getting kids to take part in silent reading or listening to you read aloud, sometimes all it takes is exciting, age-appropriate material. Ms. Nicewarner has some titles for you to try that work for her!
Taking Turns on the Computer
"Who's turn is it to use the computer?" is a fristrating question you're probably asked many times during the day. That's why Ms. Sosler is sharing this tip. Find out how her scheduling method results in everyone knowsing whose turn it is!
Taming Bad Behavior with Improv
Do your behaviorally challenged students have a hidden performer inside of them? Ms. Thomas found that often they do, and uses this tip to channel disruptive energy into an art form. Find out how she tames bad behavior with excellent results!
Tangled Strings
A coworker of Ms. Ross came up with a tip for keeping those mobile strings from tangling. Find out how drinking straws can help you keep strings from becoming a mess.
Tattling can be very hard to manange, as you've no doubt found out. That's why Ms. Hunt created this tip that makes students think twice about tattling, and it's decreased tattling in her class substantially.
Teach Me Tuesdays
Here's a great way to showcase students' talents that otherwise would go unnoticed by their peers. Wendy selects one child weekly to demonstrate his or her expertise or talent. There's a presentation, a written activity and class feedback.
Teacher Appreciation Day
When Ms. Brandt's PTA asks her school how what they can do for Teacher Appreciation Week, the answer is a huge time-saver when school starts in the Fall. Read more about this teacher appreciation tip and find out if can work for your school.
Teacher Business Card
Ms. Schlegle and Ms. Wilkinson help families connect with school by sending a teacher "business card" with their August welcome letter. Find out how it's designed for ready availabililty and how it's improved communication with families immensely.
Teacher Business Cards
Ms. Randall uses magnets that she gets as freebies and creates "business cards" with her contact info. Each family gets one for their refrigerators for easy reference, and a reminder to students that she wants to be in touch with their families, too.
Teacher Egg Hunt
Ms. Norris offers a great tension-breaker for teachers. It's a traditional "egg hunt" with prizes inside the plastic eggs. Ms. Norris says it's lots of fun and teachers play as hard as the kids!
Teacher Empathy
Here's a noise control tip that works for Ms. Helm and get the problem student to understand right away why respect and good behavior are important.
Teacher Rules
Even teachers need to follow rules. Find out how one fourth- and fifth-grade educator uses this concept to help students understand the importance of rules.
Teacher Supplies
Here's a neat way to welcome new teachers as well as save them some money. Through a local education association program, new hires "inherit" supplies from retiring educators. Best of all, there's a luncheon, too!
Teacher Test
Ms. La Masa helps her students learn more about her with a pop quiz on the first day. Questions detail her personal interests, and students make guesses before she reveals the answers.
Teacher Uniforms
To give her a deeper understanding of kids' various points of view on uniforms, Susan decided she would coodinate her attire to match students'. Find out how her "uniform" became part of her routine, and why she won't go back to her old wardrobe.
Teacher Visit
Ms. Hermes has a creative way to make writing sequential directions meaningful to students. She asks parents to get invovled, and the students who do a good job on the activity get a personal home visit from Ms. Hermes.
Teacher Yearbooks
Here's a creative way to make new teachers feel welcome and right at home. Ms. Kuether and her colleagues use the copier to create a "yearbook" of their new colleagues. It's proven to be a real comfort in a school full of strangers.
Integrating technology into classroom instruction requires knowledge and lots of help. That's why Ms. Milburn is sharing PBS's "Teacherline" with you - it gave her both and improved her students' achievements.
Teachers are People Too
There are alwys those students who seem to make it their mission in life to disrupt class. Well, Mr. Denney handles that with this tip. Find out why he rarely needs to send students to the principal and the teaching and learning process can continue.
Teachers Make Mistakes Too
Ms. Braverman incorporates a sneaky way to see if students are paying attention as well as test their grammar skills when she reads to her class: she makes delliberate mistakes. Those who don't pay attention at first, quickly become fully engaged!
Teaching 1,000
When trying to teach the concept of 1,000, Ms. Bock tried to think of an item she could collect 1,000 of that would be cheap and practical, and renewable. She enlisted the help of parents and found a solution! Read about "Teaching 1,000", here.
Teaching Alliteration
On Metric Day, Ms. Heiss conducts an alliteration lesson. Starting with the word M-E-T-R-I-C written across the top of a chart, and parts of speech written on the sides, her activity is a fun way to introduce and illustrate alliteration to students.
Teaching About Diversity
There are some wonderful sites for teaching about diversity and anti-bias work on the Web. Here are two that will provide you with some tried and tested resources.
Teaching Elapsed Time
Ms. Taylor helps her students grasp the concept of elapsed time by playing a game of Walk Around the Clock, using a clock drawn on the floor. She dictates a story problem, and students walk around the clock to find the answer.
Teaching Fractions
Don't throw away those egg cartons! Ms. Renkoski says they are a valuable tool when teaching fractions.
Teaching Geometry Theorems with Manipulatives
Here's how Ms. Martin teaches her Geometry students to use their practical manipulation to understand the more complex uses of geometrical theorems.
Teaching Kids to Crochet
Ms. Keohane teachers her students to crochet, Among other things, she says it develops their dexterity and improves their handwriting. Find out more about how learning this lifelong skill has helped her students.
Teaching Leadership Skills
Ms. Gillow-Wiles is a special education teacher and former Scoutmaster who has some great advice for a source of leadership skills resources: you local Boy Scout office. Read all about how it works for her.
Teaching Life Skills
Ms. Campagna's special needs students learn about many major life skills through quilting. From budgeting to teamwork to gift-giving, this is an exraodinary way to discover - and conquer - some of life's challenges that await them.
Teaching Parts of Speech
To help students with their writing, Ms. Gill has her students "brainstorm" for different parts of speech. After that the activity turns into an art project and a creative project. Best of all? Prizes at the end of the activity. Read more, here.
Teaching Parts of Speech
Ms. Gill offers a fun way to teach parts of speech that involves a "colorful" brainstorming session and prizes, too! This activity helps with sentence structure and gives her students ideas for short stories.
Teaching Quotation Marks
Ms. Herbert has a great way to teach quotation marks when her learners read novels out loud. Find out about her tip that results in her students are writing stories with conversations by second semester!
Teaching Recipes
Ms. Bigner's "recipe box" contains all the ingredients for running a successful classroom.
Teaching Thinking Skills
Ms. Reid gathers puzzlers and problems from the Internet, old textbooks, and other publications. Each day, her students work out a challenge and those who solve it explain/t their process(es). The entire class learns more about problem solving!
Teaching Vocabulary with Power Point
Ms. Blaurock created a Power Point that reinforces new vocabulary words for her Spanish learners. The presentation scrolls on a monitor while she's teaching class. Find out more about her "electronic bulletin board" idea.
Teaching Personal Finance
When it comes to teaching about personal finance, Ms. Hild shares some valuable tips. Through a real-life simulation, kids have to make hard choices about spending. Read more about why her students say this is the unit they learn the most from.
Team Folders
Ms. Kielb never spends class time handing back papers, she never loses papers, and handing in papers is quick and a team effort. How does she do it? Find out by reading her "Team Folders" tip!
Team Web Page
Mr. Warner and his collegues implemented the use of a Team Planning Web Page for students. Find out how they streamlined their phone contacts and why they are getting more information to parents than ever before.
Technical Writing
Mr. Swingle incorporates life skills into his curricula. From job applications to insurance papers to tax forms, his students learn practical form writing. Read more about his tip, including some textbooks he uses that might work work for you!
Techniques for Music Review
When teaching musical notes and song lyrics to younger students requires some creative thinking on you part. Ms. Jackson shares some of the fun and playful ways that she gets her students to learn and love the study of music.
Technology Integration
If you're thinking about creating a website for your students and their parents, Ms. Weir lays out some insightful tips about what you might want to include.
Tell It to the Frog
Working with younger students provides plenty of opportunity for them to tattle on one another. Mr. Puritz decided he'd heard enough, so he created this cute and effective way for kids to air their grievances.
Tell Mr. Bucket
When it comes to curtailing tattling in his class, Mr. Ver Halen enlists the help of Mr. Bucket. Kids must write down their concerns and drop them in Mr. Bucket. Tattling decreases. Learning time increases. Win win!
Tempera Paint Secret
It's all fun and games until the tempera paint starts peeling! That's why Ms. Crisafulli is sharing her secret with you. Find out what she does that prevents the peeling when using tempera paint on objects other than paper.
Temperature Check
When recess gets cancelled, you have to be prepared for the reaction. Ms. Holt found a creative way for students to remember why and how inclement weather affects their outside time. Best of all, the reminders are in their own words. Read more!
Test Autopsies
Parents love it, test scores have improved, and tudents are really taking ownership of their work. Find how Ms. Barber gives students a second chance to get a good test grade, and how it works so well.
Test Chant
To relax her students before taking a test, Ms. Gaji has a chant that her class does. It might seem a little silly, but her class asks for it if she forgets!
Testing for Comprehension
I find that students' reading comprehension on written tests is poor because they only rely on their memory. To force students to look back at the text for answers to comprehension questions, I requir...
Tests as Opportunities
Mr. Smerilson has a unique way of describing and referring to the various tests his students face throughout the year. With a few carefully chose words, some students who dreaded tests now look forward to sharing their knowledge with him.
Textbook Labeling
Lost textbooks are a part of a teacher's life, it seems. So Ms. Lambert came up with this a clever inventory and identification method to give every missing book the best possbile chance of getting returned to students.
Textbook Search
Ms. Mcclain starts off the year with an activity that stresses to students how important their textbooks are. Read about "Textbook Search" and more ways it can help students and teachers.
Thank You Acrostics
Students in this German foreign language class write their own word puzzles; extension activities transform the puzzles into great refrigerator art.
Students Prepare a Thanksgiving Feast for Their Parents
Ms. Wilson’s project-based learning activity incorporates science, social studies and math activities, plus a field trip to the store. Kids have fun learning, and parents reap the rewards.
Getting in the Spirit of Thanksgiving
Ms. Blanton uses a variety of activities (creative writing, historical research, a classroom cookbook) to help her students get into the spirit of the holiday.
The Egg Carton Trick
Don't throw away those paper egg cartons! Ms Highley has a great way to use them to help you keep track of your markers.
The Flip Chart Trick
This educator takes an old three-ring notebook and duct tape to create a useful and versatile flip chart for her students. Not only does the flip chart have many uses, it's a great way to model recycling and reuse to students.
The Los Angeles Theory
Occasionally Mr. Vasquez needs to remind parents that no matter how long it takes, their child can learn the proposed standard; it just takes some longer to learn than others. If you have had this struggle with parents, his "Los Angeles Theory" may help!
The Magic Ring
Mr. Edwards was working with a child who would not speak. Enter the "Magic Ring". Read about this very touching tip that helped a timid young girl find her words.
The Present
Ms. Hostetler has a great writing lesson that takes advantage of the holidays. Her 7th-grade students write four different types of paragraphs around a common holiday theme, gift-giving.
The Reading Train
All aboard the Reading Train: a tip from Ms. White that will help even your relucatant readers take an interest in reading.
The Support a Teacher Needs to Be Successful
Here's a book that Ms. Hanusosky found to inspire serious self-reflection and provide ideas to improve her department.
Ms. Szewczyk came up with this tip to help her reluctant speakers. Find out her Think-Pair-Share activity can help reluctant speakers find their words.
Three Before Me
Students often want to depend on the teacher to give them the answers. Ms. Williams heads that off at the pass by asking the "Three Before Me" question. Find out how it starts kids on the road responsibility and saves you some precious time!
Three Folders of Different Colors
Homework problems? Ms. Thomas suggests starting with three loose-leaf folders of different colors. Each folder has a different purpose: student control; student responsibility; parent communication. Read more and find why it really works!
Three Good Kids
Mr. York has a great idea to get students to behave for the substitute. He asks the substitute to identify the best three behaved children, and when Mr. York returns, the class get "the reveal". This really motivates students to "compete" for that list!
Three Hole Original
Like most teachers, Mr. Bentley likes to be organized and save things for future use. And he found the perfect tool to save original papers for future use: a 3-hole punch. Find out how his tip works for him!
Three Musketeer Groups
Here's a tip from Ms. Hooper to help get students engaged. In groups of three, all join and raise arms (like the musketeers) to show they are a team. From there, they work together in problem solving ot answering qestions. Read more!
Three-Dimensional Figurines
For my seventh grade social studies class, I developed an interactive game to help my students understand ancient civilizations. I made three-dimensional villagers out of wooden spoons, decorating the...
Ticket System
This veteran teacher found a great way to sate students who wanted attention from her immediately upon entering the room. Ms. Mitchell's "Ticket System" provides students the individual attention they want as well as a lesson in self-control patience.
Time Capsule
Here's a clever way to observe and celebrate the passing of the school year. This teacher does it with individual time capsules for each student. Find out what they each put inside that creates a fun-filled, teachable moment at the end of the year.
Time for Partners
When Ms. Bohnn has to assign pairs of students for an activity, she lets the students do all the work! Find out how they use they use the hour markers on a clock to not only pair up, but save time, too!
Time Savers
"I have all the time I need", said no teacher ever. Here are some great time-saving tips from Ms. Kelsey.
Time Saving Text Book Distribution
For Ms. Kelsey, numbering her textbooks prior to the first day of class is the lynchpin for several classroom procedures: numbering and grouping students, tracking supplies, and more.
Tip for Concessions
If you've ever volunteered to run the concession stand at school events, you're probably famailiar with messy popcorn oil. Ms. Lambert and her colleagues found that an old coffeemaker can spare the mess! Find out how.
Tissue Paper Bleeds
This tip is a wonderful way for your art learners to create a nice birthday or holiday card or even a framed print.
Ms. Roker supplied tissues for her 'non-handkerchief-carrying' students for years. But them she found a novelty - with the help of her custodians - that saved her some money, too!
Title Predictions
Here's a great way to help students with reading comprehension. Find out how Mr. Burow's tip sets up a purpose for reading and why students are better able to answer/comment with more detail and enthusiasm.
Ms. Florek alleviatse many trips to the school nurse by keeping a special TLC Box stocked with everything from Band-aids to "Hug Coupons". Students get special attention, and this is a wonderful timesaver. Win win!
To Return and To Correct
Here's an easy way to track students work, keep you organized, and make sure absent students get back into the swing. Read about Ms. Nolting's two-folder approach that works for her.
Tobacco Awareness
When Ms. Hopple's department was asked to teach a Tobacco Awareness unit, they took it very seriously and created a lesson called "Making A Cigarette". Students, stunned to see the ingredients, share the facts with their families as well.
Toothpaste Whitening
White boards get smudged and dirty looking over the years, so here's a tip that will have your sparkling like new. All it takes is a small dab of toothpaste. Find out how Ms. Lee makes it work for her!
Ms. Wimmer teeaches struggling math students at different levels of skill. To meet each at his or own level, she created "Top-It", a take-off of the card game "War". Mixing in dice, Uno cards and dominoes, she creates a fun, effectve math lesson!
Total Class Involvement
Ms. Nerby have found that she can use the TI-83 overhead projection device for Calculator-Based Laboratory (CBL) activities and still involve the whole class. Find out how she incorporates group learning so that every student participates.
Touch Typing Skills
Here's a neat tip to get kids to stop looking at their hands when they are typing. Find out how Mr. Hill uses copy paper boxes to help them hone their keyboarding skills.
Tracing Hearts
Here's a sweet ip from Ms. Russell to help students to draw a perfectly-shaped heart.
Trading In Pencils
Trips to the pencil sharpener can be the most frequent and most frustrating of all classroom interruptions. Find out what this teacher does to minimize these disruptions of productive activity while eliminating deliberate pencil point breaking.
Transition Song
If you have trouble getting your students to clear their desks or work areas when it's time for a new activity, this tip might be music to your ears. Find out how Ms. Flemming does it with a song!
Transition Tactics
Some students have difficulty transitioning to other locations within the school, and difficulty sitting still. See how Ms. Tomaszewski's tip prevents behavior problems, reducse disruptive, self-stimulatory behavior; and best of all, saves her sanity.
Transition Time
Students are often slow to transition from one subject to the next. That's why Ms. Wimmer came up with this set of tips to help minimize wasted time and stalling.
Ms. Conner helps solve the age-old problem of writing on Xeroxed transparencies in this tip.
Transparent Protractors
What a great way to make sure very student has a protractor. Geometry teacher Ms. VanNatta says all you need is a transparency and a copy machine!
Traveling Binders and Saturday School
In order to keep records of student behavior and late assignments, Ms. Kast and her colleagues devised a simple record keeping system. Read about this easy way to keep records and track behavior.
Traveling Files
If you are a traveling teacher, you have a big challenge keeping student papers organized. Read about Ms. Iliff's color-coded file system that helps her stay informed at a glance, and always well-organized.
Traveling Teacher Tips
Ms. Iliff is a veteran teacher who spent sime time as a "traveling teacher". Traveling teachers need to be ultra-organized, with portable and mobile supplies and tools. Here are her tried and true tips for educators who have to do the same.
Tricky Twelves
Double-digit multiplication tables are a real challenge for math learners of any age. Here's a trick for learning the twelves that Ms. Boldt learned from a student!
TV Generation
Kids spend so much time in front of screens these days that Mr. Takata decided to teach his students with their own tools. Find out how he uses the classroom computer to take notes with his students.
Twenty Study Questions
Mr. Charter uses a 20-sided die and a list of 20 questions for this creative test review game. Find out how students can earn points for the test before the test, and how this activity fosters teamwork and student-mentoring.
Two Cents Worth
During controversial or emotion-fueled class discussions, some students need to think more before blurting out their comments. Lola's tip helps her students do just that, and all it takes is two pennies per students. Read more, here.
Two Classes in Same Desks
Mr. Hart is a team teacher who had to figure out how to set up desks that more than one student uses each day. He devised a color-coding strategy that keeps students organized and work in progress.
Two Methods for Storing Posters
Storing seasonal posters or packing them away for the summer requires a protective container that doesn't take up too much space. Ms. Morgan shares two ways to accomplish both that won't break your bank.
Two Ways to Know Each Other
What do toilet paper and getting your students to know each other have incommon? Ms. Seto explains that and more in these fun icebreaker activities.