math problems for homework, always send an answer sheet too.
Have students self-check after every couple of problems. Doing
20 - 30 problems incorrectly and not knowing until the next
day, does more harm than good.
On any test that
affects student's grade, write their current grade in the
bottom corner of the paper so they see immediately how current
test affects their overall course grade.
Each time you change
to a new unit, rearrange the room. Students are interested
as soon as they walk into the room.
Do physical exercises
or any movement requiring gross motor muscles while learning
and practicing new spelling words
In math class break
the class into teams to work the practice problems out as
a group. Give points for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place team.
or agenda books, can be overwhelming to many students (especially
those with ADHD). An alternative is to have them simply write
their daily assignments on one sheet of paper, changing ink
color with each subject. Then they can cross them out as completed
Mark Pankau at Guilford
Elementary School in Virginia sent us this tip:
As the Physical Educator at my school, I assess all students
on their dominant eye and ear, and then give to the classroom
teacher for preferred seating. A right eye/ear dominant
should sit on the left side of the class if the teacher teaches
from the front of the classroom. Opposite for the left
eye dominant. Some will be a combination - sitting in
the middle. For eye dominance, student makes a window
shape with their two hands, extends arms straight and looks
at the teacher. Only the dominant eye will
show up in the window. For ears,tap lightly on a book or clipboard
and ask the student to listen to the tapping. They should
put one ear toward the sound.
Since I teach Math,
I have set up some class days in rows and columns, marking
the floor with painter masking tape as a coordinate graph.
As students enter the room they take a card with an ordered
pair which is their seat for the class. (0,0) would be the
last seat in the back row and the farthest to the left side
of class if facing the front of class.(5,5) would be in the
first row all the way to the right. -Shirley Hartwig,
Challenger Learning Center, FL
Help fight childhood
obesity: Provide (free) healthy snacks in every classroom
in the school. Apples, bananas, oranges, cucumber, baby carrots,
snap peas, celery, etc. Solicit donations from local grocers,
parents, citizens. Imagine the changes that can happen
if kids ate 4 - 6 healthy fruit/veggie snacks every
day throughout the day.
Here's a tip Dr
Kathy Grover with the Clever School District in Missouri:
They hold their "open house" or "back to
school night" before the school year begins (the Friday
before classes start). This helps keep the focus on teacher
expectations and classroom procedures for the year. As
many of us know, traditionally at open house, parents like to
ask questions specific to how their child is performing in class
- even though school has only been in session a week or two.
I have a "Borrow
Bag" in my classroom. It's a transparent plastic
hanging shoebag with 24 compartments. Each pouch contains
some classroom supply such as pencils, pens, scissors, glue
sticks, colored pencils, a hole punch, stapler, etc. When
a student needs something, they can borrow from the
bag by leaving a shoe as collateral. When they return the borrowed
item, the shoe is retrieved. Keeps me from losing many
classroom items. Terry Moore, Indiana.
A Tip From a Workshop
Participant: The first step to developing a positive,
working relationship with someone is learning and remembering
the person's name. Make it a start-of-the-year priority.
When thinking about
the upcoming school year, rethink how you post classroom
rules, school policies and other disclosure items for students
and parents. As much as possible, turn the words so that
they express a positive and welcoming climate. Statements
such as "students not suited up for PE will be docked 5
points" can easily be rephrased as "students earn
5 points for suiting up in proper PE clothing." If
you must list "consequences for not following school rules"
they should always be listed AFTER your list of "consequences
for FOLLOWING school rules
math teacher at the Adult Learning Center in Osceola, sent us
this Teaching Tip: Gallon size zip lock bags make good storage
bags to hold foldables, or in my case, polygon shapes, etc.
Student activities or completed assignments can be stored in
them. Since they are see through, names can be easily
spotted if the papers are faced out.