A Cure for Spring Fever
Dave Foley, a retired Cadillac, Michigan, middle and high school teacher and the author of The Ultimate Classroom Control Handbook, used to take his class outside but only if every student in it had been listening and participating in his indoor lessons.
Every Job Requires Readers
We have guest readers come to our school and read to classes from kindergarten through grade 5. Our purpose is for children to understand that all jobs require readers.
Getting-to-Know-You Writing Project
On the first day of school, I list six statements about myself. Three of the statements are true and three are false, in no particular order.
After spending years trying to give parents all the information they need via back to school night and periodic notes, one educator began to publish a handbook. She distributes the handbook to students for their parents on the first day.
Constructing a New School Year
How is the new school year like building a house?
Car Survival Kits
This activity helps to relate the events in the story to their own lives.
Ten Questions to Start the Year
During the first week of school, start each day with this activity. Call each student's name and ask a random question that will elicit something about his or her life. Have the student say his name, and answer a question. This activity is a big hit!
What to Say to an Angry Parent
Whenever I had an upset parent, I’d say: I wish I had more parents like you. That always elicited a ‘huh?’ type response. Then I’d elaborate: I wish more parents cared about their child as you do. It had the immediate effect of lowering their resistance, which let us continue without rancor.
'I lost the lid!'?
We save every lid from our used up or dried out dry erase markers and glue sticks. This way when caps go “mysteriously missing” we can quickly save them from drying out.
Read Across America
Read Across America Library Grants are back!