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- Teacher Irene Phaup makes powerpoint presentations that include common number and letter songs – things they can write from songs they’re hearing.
- Write on the student desks using dry erase markers instead of handing out boards, says Monica Lopez.
- Fun and effective: buy two colored Ping Pong paddles for each child at the dollar store. Red side means no, green side means yes. When Darlene Rempel asks questions, students flash the appropriate color — and she can assess quickly who knows what, and who delays to see what others do.
- Use painters’ tape to section off your whiteboard. Great for graphing in math, and much more.
- Broken left over crayons can be broken into even smaller pieces and placed in silicone bakeware. Bake at 350 degrees for 3-5 minutes; stir with a wooden stick; let cool and you’ve got — NEW CRAYONS! —Elizabeth Gutierrez
- Lisa Pehl uses zipper baggies to keep math lab materials together for each student. (Less chance to lose materials.)
- When a student becomes over stimulated, have them take 10 very deep breaths before they continue. They will center both mind and body, says Rose Comen.
- Poke a hole in the back of the Kleenex box and hang it from a hook!
- Set up a student table full of supplies they keep asking you for: hole puncher, extra pencils and erasers, staplers, hand sanitizer — Vickie Harris & Kathy Payne.
- Use a color system for younger students’ progress reports, say the folks at Springs Alive School in Uganda. Use red, green, red and yellow and color in a bar under each subject.
- Put all your school keys on a carbiner clip so they can hang on your purse strap and not get lost.
- Get a knot out of a shoe lace — use a 4-prong staple remover!
- Get’em moving! When Tracy Lomax’s students are checking answers for multiple choice questions, they “show” her using a list on the board: A=situps, B=jumping jacks, C=pushups, D= squat jumps. If the answer is B, they all do jumping jacks.
- Leslie Benton’s students play test review game with fly swatters. They either hit the correct answer on the board, or use it as a way to see who gets to answer the questions.
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