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Proximity Strengthens Your Lessons
How can you manage your technology tools and effectively walk around the classroom addressing learners and establishing authority? Enlist a student helper! Ms. Roach's tip keeps you plugged in AND connected to your class.
Putting Away the Put-Downs
What a great way to get your students started out treating each other with kindness! See how a collection of Post-it notes can help your classroom stay connect on positive ways - even when situations turn negative.
Paper Plate Awards
Ms. Gross fashions "awards" made from simple paper plates to show her students that she recognizes their contributions to class, achievements, and/or special talents.
Prepare Now for Back to School
How you pack up your classroom at the end of the year can put you ahead for the next school year. Read this veteran educator’s tips for easily preparing her room and files for the fall.
Parade of Learners
Mr. Grasso plans an opening day activity at his school that gets parents, educators, and the whole school involved. Students are the stars of the show, complete with adoring fans and paparazzi.
Parent Involvement
It's no secret that parental involvement can be the key to a successful school year. This Maryland educator has some great tips to get parents engaged in the process and keep them involved.
Positive Rewards for Repeat Offenders
Ms. Huffman has found a few ways to tease out the good behavior in her most challenging students. Find out how she encourages her “repeat offenders” to curb their bad behavior.
Peer Homework Game
This retired middle school teacher used a game to motivate students to do their homework (and do it well!). The best part? She no longer had to cajole her students; positive peer pressure worked its magic – and students loved it. Find out how.
Positive Side of Portable
Diane doesn’t wait until the last day to start prepping for the end of the year, but she has two simple ideas to make grading and cleanup much quicker and easier. She keeps focus on teaching and learning, even as the year winds down.
Peers Mentoring Peers
Ms. Postman believes that a well-behaved class is best achieved when students monitor their own behavior, an approach she facilitates by establishing a culture of teamwork and positive rewards. Plus, it leads to a nifty classroom decorating idea.
Pinning Grammar and Mechanics
This high school teacher uses humor to keep her students engaged with her grammar and mechanics lessons. She started a Pinterest board with examples of humorous, real-world grammar mistakes. Find out how she did it and how you might use Pinterest too.
Learn the Alphabet with Numberlys App
Mr. Kriegh uses an interactive book called The Numberlys with her primary students. The book teaches students about using the alphabet by intercutting brief, very simple interactive games for each new letter of the alphabet as the story is played out.
Paired Valentine Poems
At this school, the upper grades pair up with students in the younger grades to generate Valentine poems for loved ones. Each pair uses an interactive poem tool to get the creative juices flowing.
Peer Mentors for New Students
Ms. Cahsell offers some wondefully welcoming ways to help the "new kid" acclimate in the middle of the year. From the principal to student mentors, everyone gets involved. Ms. Cashell says within weeks, it's hard to believe the "new kid" was ever new.
Private Grades
In order to respect the privacy of my students’ grades, Ms. Carr employs this strategy when handing back papers.
Proactive Success
Being proactive early on sets everyone up for success. Yvonne's students' first assignment sets the stage for parent-teacher communication. Best of all, it lets parents know that she is on their side, and wants their kids to success and thrive.
Cooperative Literature Groups
When Ms. Day is teaching about different types of folk literature, she uses a "jigsaw" activity that ends up in groups of students helping other groups of students. Best of all, students don't just interact with each other they teach each other.
Polygon Rap
A math lesson performed by students and uploaded to Teachertube? It works for Ms. Mims when she teaches about polygons. Read more about it here.
Planting Happiness
Ms. Griffith's class doesn't just read and write about Springtime - they actually bring the curriculum to life. Read about her tip that made one of her students exclaim, This is the BEST day of my LIFE!
Park Your Questions
“Hold that Thought” has a new meaning in Kate’s classroom. Her students park their questions until she’s ready to answer them. It’s a fun and simple way to catch random items that might otherwise have been forgotten.
Pimp Up Wikis or WebPages
Ms. Burton offers soem great websites for educators looking to "pimp" their wikis or websites.
Plagiarism Movie
When setting the tone regarding copying and cheating as the new school year begins, Barbara shows this movie to her students.
Pets on Vacation
Classroom pets are part of the overall learning experience, but what happens to them on weekends and vacation breaks? Ms. MIller's tip not only provides for the animals' care, but teaches allows for her students to be a part of the process.
Proper Research Reduces Plagiarism
Looking for ways to curtail cheating and copying in your class? Ms. Fedderke offers a solid strategy to teach students about the repurcussions of plagiarism while honing their individual researching skills.
Provide the Plot
Teaching students to read beyond the basic understanding of the storyline has always been a difficult task. Here's a tip from Ms. Wolcott that may improve your students' analytical literacy skills.
Pop Up into Reading
Here's a strategy that Ms. Hazzard finds really draws reluctant readers, particularly reluctant ELL boys, into reading.
Professional Discussions
Classroom needs are different. Ms. Lo found a website that provides a way for her to share ideas with teachers who share the same interests and concerns.
Packing up the Classroom
Ms. Kanute likes to leave up fun, encouraging posters until the very last day of school. She also shares a storage system that makes packing up bulletin board content very efficient for Summer preps. Read about her tip, here.
Pascal's Triangle Enhances Number Sense
Mr. O'Brien uses Pascal's triangle on his bulletin board in a manner that creates enthusiasm and interest in his students. Read more about his tip and see if it can work for you!
Peppy Test Prep
Standardized tests jitters and anxiety are very common - for students AND staff. Here's a fun way to get everyone jazzed up to perform.
Packing up the Classroom
"I strongly dislike bare walls, so I only take down content-related posters right before finals start.
Ms Smith's tip has a the acronym name P.A.T.H. (Positive Attitude Toward Homework). She created it as a way to improve a poor percentage of homework completions. Read about her idea that now yeilds a 90% homework completion rate!
P.A.U.S.E. stands for Pedaling Across America Everyday. Ms. Smith's students take turns pedaling on a classroom exercise bike while others read sliently. When they "P.A.U.S.E.", more fun leanring begins. Read about it, here!
Painted Windows
Here's a great idea for those that are artistic and would like to make their classroom look exceptionally alive and wonderful. It's easy do do, lots of fun, and cleans off with ease.
Paper Collection Procedure
Here's a time-saving tip from Ms. Kovach that establishes order when distributing and collecting papers from her students.
Paper Predictions
Ms. hamdorf uese Newspapers in Education in her math class. She's found many ways to create engaging statistics lessons.
Parent Interests
Mr. Edwards found that parents love to share their knowledge and experiences with their child's class. So, he came up with this tip that utilizes parents' talents to enhance his students' learning experiences.
Parent Links
Ms. Forsythe helps parents connect with their child's school experience by utilizing a voicemail system. Parents can stay on top of student schedules, assignment due dates, and curriculum.
Parent Newsletters
Ms. Postman's "Parent Newsletters" fosters open communication with parents as well as a chance for each parent to ask questions, participate, and get responses.
Pre-Conference Parent Night
Ms. Heatherly helps parents connect with their child’s school experience by inviting them to a pre-conference a few weeks after school starts, an activity that helps pave the way for parent-teacher conferences later in the year.
Parental Involvement Homework
Homework for the whole family! Ms. Shlegle helps parents connect with their child's school experience by sending home weekly parental involvement homework.
Parental Involvement in High School
Ms. Ratliff keep parents involved by inviting them to class to work with their child in lab activities. Not only does this improve her parent-teacher communication, but her students learn that their parents are pretty sharp!
Parents and Reading
Mr. Brisco's school implements a reading program for students and their parents. Local businesses love the idea so much they fund refreshments for the monthly activity. Best of all, Mr. Brisco notices the positive impact it's having on students!
Parents and Technology
Not all parents are as tech-savvy as their children are. Mr. Hunt offers a convenient way to encourage parents to use technolory.
Parents' Handbook
After years of struggling to give parents all they information they need, Ms. Neary finally discovered a good approach. Her parent handbook establishes reasonable expectations for parents and puts them at ease from day one of the school year.
Parent/Teacher Conference Preparation
Ms. Bonfilio recommends a nine-point checklist to help you best prepare for and conduct parent-teacher conferences.
Participation Cards I
At the beginning of the year, Ms. Matz establishes a system that saves a lot of frustration when choosing students for groups and activities. Best of all, her tip appeals to their sense of fairness and eliminates the frantic hand raising.
Participation Cards II
To help monitor class discussions so that everyone participates, Ms. Shoemaker employs this tip. It's a system that helpsstudents make conscious decisions about participation and allows others time to speak.
Participation Popsicle Sticks
Ms. Heiss uses Popsicle sticks to encourage 100% class participation. Read about how she uses them to make sure everyone gets a chance to participate.
Participation Tickets
Ms. O'Donnell uses a set of tickets that are pre-made and have the children's names on them for participation. Every child gets a chance to participate every day!
Passes and Hugs
Here's a very nice way to make new colleagues feel at home and welcomed. Best of all, this is a gift keeps on giving.
Passing Compliments
What a nice idea to get students to accentuate the positive about each other. Ms. Kelley times it for Valentine's Day. Read about this tip that might work for you any time of year!
Ms. Gross offers a fun tip for learning consonants. Read about why her first-graders look forward to this activity every week.
Parental Expectations
Homework for Mom and Dad! Ms. Donnelly's assignement for parents gives her great insight for the year, and gives parents a look into the goals that they and Ms. Donnelly set for their kids.
PBS TeacherLine
Professional development courses are wonderful, if you can fit their schedule into yours. Ms. Lo found a website that is rich in development content, but that you can work on as your time allows.
Peer Behavior Management
Every teacher knows that peer pressure can cause young people to make bad mistakes, but this veteran educator figured out how to employ peer pressure toward a positive outcome.
Peer Pressure
Heading off bad behaviors and warding off bad influences before they strike is easier said than done. But Ms. Koening allows the student to participate in the prevention of making bad choices with this tip. Check it out!
Pencil Check-In
As Ms. Gaji greets her students each morning, she also checks that they are prepared for class, a time-saving effort that simultaneously gives her students one-on-one attention and ensures that are ready to learn.
Pencil Pots
Ms. Dill has a great way of making sure that borrowed pencils are returned at the end of class. It not only works for her, but students get excited about their role in this tip. Read more, here.
Pencil Sharpener Jokes
Ms. Jurus has students who are are anxious before tests, and the noisy, annoying pencil sharpener, which studnts flock to just before the test, drowns out her instructions. A calm, quiet solution is only a joke away.
Periodic Table Web Site
Mr. Sharp like likes to use a Periodic Table resounrce that shows basic element information as well as real-life uses. Read more about it, here.
Permanent Graphing Grids
For permanent graphing grids, Ms. Jacobs laminates a grid chart and uses it as a whiteboard would be used. Best of all, easy cleanup!
Permanent Grids
This educator says graphs on the overhead have never been easier when this tip is employed. Read about it here and see if this tip can work for you.
Personal Invitations
Parental participation means the world to educators. To help parents connect with their child's school experience, Ms. Agnew uses a personal touch - read about her thoughtful strategy to get parents to participate.
Personal Notes
Here's a thoughtful way to let students know how they did each day. Best of all, this tip from Ms. Roker comes with strategy a to make sure no students gets forgotten.
Personalized Nametags
What a great way to get to know each other at the beginning of the school year! Read about Ms. Pullie's ice-breaker idea with a built-in graph lesson!
Personalized Plates
Ms. Schmitt's students love the first assignment of the year. It's a fun way to get to know each other and is a big hit and the first parent open house.
Photo Flash Cards
How does Ms. Lewis identify each new studen name by the 2nd day of school? With this terrific tip!
Pictorial Substitute File
Ms.Beaulieu leaves this helpful item in her substitute file so that the sub can learn their names faster.
Picture Books
Here is a tip that Ms. Larsen uses for getting to know her students. Best of all, this activity is also great for opening week and gets parents involved and participating right away.
Picture Lunch Count
Ms. Pickering created a quick way to take lunch count. It saves her lots of time at the beginning of the day and it works for her!
Picture Stories
Ms. Shlegle takes lots of pictures of things going on around her school, and incorporates them into a learning activity. Read about her tip and see if it can work for you.
Pictures of Learning
Ms. Scrima has been teaching for twenty years and has always taken photos of my students to use during conferences. See how she uses them and why it helps her establish good rapport with parents.
Pictures on Index Cards
Every year before school starts, Mr. McLaren tsake a copy of last year's yearbook and photocopies the incoming class photos. From there, he creates an easy way to learn names and faces of a hundred kids quickly and also gets a handy reference for subs.
Pictures on Seating Charts I
From annual school pictures, Mr. Pufpaff copies his students' pictures and inserts them in his seating chart. read more about this great way to learn names that's also perfect for substitute teachers.
Pictures on Seating Charts II
Using pictures taken from students’ school IDs, Ms. Florence makes a seating chart that helps her – and any substitute educators who teach her class – to match faces with names and cut down on confusion and problems.
Pizza Portfolios
Mama , what a great idea! On the first day of school Ms. White gives each student a pizza box turned inside out. The children then turn their boxes into something that serves them throughout the year.
Place the State
Ms. Prosansky's fourth-grade social studies curriculum revolves around the history and geography of the U.S. Here's a website that works for her becuase students have lots of fun learning about the 50 states.
Place Value Town
Ms. Barry developed this imaginitive tip to help her math learners understand place value. She created a city block she calls Place Value Town. Her students "get it" and are prepared for future math learning.
Place Value with Playing Cards
Here’s a fun math game played with ordinary decks of cards that teaches place value and differences.
Plane to Mexico
Ms. Sharpe and Ms. Jenninngs's frist-graders are taking an imginary trip to Mexico. This tip taps into students' creativity while teaching them abut Mexican culture, language, and food. Que bueno!
Plank Ownership
On the first day in a new facility, Ms. DeBoer wondered how to give her students unique memories. She came up with this tip that reinforces to children that there are many treasures to be found in a school building, if only they look.
Planning Together
Joint planning (and the time to do it) is hard to manage on a tight school budget. Ms. Schofield's colleague came up with a great plan that made a significant significant difference in delivery of services and quality of team teaching.
Plant Sale Project
Ms. Graff’s project-based learning activity incorporates science, writing and math, as students grow varieties of plants from cuttings, seeds and bulbs. There are several payoffs, but a great Mother’s Day gift might be the best.
Plastic Bags
Ms. Kowald offers an easy way to store plastic bags in the classroom while modeling "reduce, reuse, recylce" to students.
Plastic Lids
Ms. Hawk gets multiple uses out of plastic lids and is sharing them here! Her tips make cleanup so easy and also provides a neat way to model "reduce, reuse, recycle" in the classroom.
Plastic Seating Charts
Ms. Benson has found lots of shortcuts to manage grades. Her favorite way not only saves time (and minimizes errors) in grading, but also helps her and her subs keep track of student health issues and seating assignments.
Pocket Attendance
Ms. Reynolds created a "pocket chart" to make taking attendance much easier. By using colorful cards, her class count is fast and accurate.
Podcasting Book Response
To encourage reading at Ms Marchesano's high school, students conduct podcast book reviews. It's a cool way to let them use technology over a popular medium to share and discuss books they've read.
Point and Read
Ms. Lightfoot asks her young readers to point to the words when they read. She also "dresses up" their pointing fingers with costume accessories and stickers. Read more about this tip and why her students love it!
Point Cups
Here's a creative classroom management tip that uses a penalty and reward system. Ms. Whooley says it helps even her youngest studnets undertand the importance of behavior management.
Point of View Reports
If Ms. Morley's students want to write a book report on a book they've read in the past, she allows it, but with strings attached. See how her tip teaches them study skill applications as well as the benefit or re-reading a favorite novel.
Points for Conduct and Attendance
Ms. Libre believes that solutions for middle school discipline/attendance problems allows for the teaching and learning process to really take place. So she created this tip to ensure both - and it works for her!
Poison Words
For a change of pace, Ms. Navarro does something she calls Poison Word. By selecting one word that students will come across in reading aloud, this tip ensures that everyone gets a turn to read. See how it works!
Ms. King says Pokemon cards can motivate reluctant math learners to take interest! Read about her tip that she says has her students ready to do more math while eliciting lots of volunteers ready to help.
Policy Letters
Here's a tip from Ms. Levy that helps her foster excellent school/home communication.
Political Groups
Ms. Wortman has a unique tip for her third-grade social studies learners. In this mock lesson, students become governors, citizens, and state representatives. She finds it a fun and meaningful way to present states and their capitals.
Political Ice Breaker
Here's a unique tip from Ms. Bowler. See how she incorporates a collection of election memoribilia into discussions of students health-related topics.
Pop Questions
Ms. Gibson always struggled with a way to get kids to study for content area tests, especially social studies. But that struggle is over, because she created a tip that works for her. It's a weekly review game that shows students how fun studying can be!
Pop Your Top and Read
In Ms. Perry's classroom, "Pop Your Top and Read Day" is a student favorite. See why even her most reluctant readers really enjoy it.
Popcorn Reading
Here's a tip that might help you teach oral reading. And, your young readers might be motivated by incenitive of a popcorn treat at the end of this activity, too!
Popsicle Sticks
Who knew popsicle sticks could have so much classroom utility? See how Ms. Bostwick uses them to save time, to stay organized, and to select students fairly.
Ms. Palmerini keeps her students' papers organized by having two portfolios. Read about how it helps students manage their work - for keeping and for showcasing!
Positive #2 Pencils
What a nifty way to encourage students and reinforce lessons when it's test-taking time. Ms. Smith says it works for her - and her students!
Positive and Negative Numbers
Here’s a fun game to teach positive and negative numbers operations using a deck of cards. It leads to lively discussions, as students must justify and explain their answers.
Positive Participation
Here are two unique ways to get students to participate in class. One has a physical element and the other is all about teamwork. Both work for Ms. Lindsay!
Positive Peer Pressure
At Ms. Leatherwood's Title I school, they've come up with a great twist on peer pressure. This tip has curbed bad behavior an!d promoted teamwork among students: peer pressure with a postive outcome!
Positive Phone Calls
In the month of September, Ms. Pfotenhauer makes a phone call to students' homes that she says pays huge dividends later in the year.
Positive Relationships with Law Enforcement
Here's a great tip to show incoming high school students know how much people care about them, their safety, and their high school experience.
Posters and Charts
Ms. Schaeffer figured out a great way to keep posters from getting worn and torn with each passing year of their use.
Posters for the Asking
Mr. Marschhauser discovered an excellent way to get free posters and informational booklets. He's gotten so many free educational resournces from this tip that he's given his colleagues many items over the years, too.
Post-it Flags
Ms. Koesler says Post-It Notes have more utility than you might think. Check out the ways she and her students have discovered that really works for them!
Post-It Note Subs
As a sub, Ms. Roker needs to get students' attention readily and keep them focused on 'good behavior.' Post-It notes to the rescue! See how she uses them and why it works for her.
Post-It Notes
To make seating charts for her classes, Ms. Cills uses Sticky Notes in a creatve way. See why her tip works for her and her substitute teachers.
Power Sharpening
What a nifty way to cut down on disruptions and noise. See how Ms. Randgaard's class starts their day to ensure both.
Power Writing
Here's a vocabulary game that challenges students to think qand write quickly. This activity gives Ms. Steinberg's students ideas they can elaborate on later as they look for pieces to publish.
Practice Interviews
Ms. Hanselman's school goes the extra mile in preparing students for the real world. Read about their programs that introduce students to job, college, and other formal interviews. This process starts with preparation and all students receive feedback.
Prepared for Birthdays
Here's a sweet tip from Ms. Baker. Read about what she keeps on hand in the classroom so that every student has a special birthday.
Preventing Left-Handed Smudges
Being left-handed poses some challenges for students - especially when it comes to handwriting that often gets smudged. Ms. Wergeland came up with a wonderful tip that helps her left-handers hand in smudge-free assignements.
Preventing Shout Outs
Ms. Morrison's students use sign language and gestures taught on the first day of class. She reinforces the signs throughout the first that disruptions and noise are at a minimum all year long.
Preventing Whiteboard and Overhead Mistakes
Here's a great way to prevent accidentally using a permanent marker on a whiteboard or transparency.
Professional Communication Tool
Ms. Eagle created business cards with all of her contact information, then she lamintaes them and glues magnets on back. Parents love this handy communication reference!
Progressive Seuss Book
Ms. Davis' school celebrates Dr. Seuss by writing a "Seussical" book - each class in each grade writes a chapter.The celebration continues with Seussical costumes and Seussical art. Best of all, green eggs and ham for breakfast that day!
Project Hyperlinks
In order to keep her second-graders on task at the computer, Ms. Lutz creates a "Start-Up" page. Read about how her tip keeps them from "surfing" other sites and how it saves the whole class a lot fo time.
Prop Writing Prompt
Ms. Brister uses a great way to get her students to tap their creativity. After her class reads a book or play, she employs this tip to prompt their imaginations - and young writers love it.
Protecting Worksheets
In directed math lessons, Ms. Roker has come up with a good way to prevent students from writing on worksheets.
Prove It!
Prove It is a reading game Ms. Quale-Birk plays with her students and she advocates for parents to play at home, too. But it's more than a game. Read more about her tip, here.
Proximity Praise
When a student is off task or misbehaving, Mr. Duncan often remedies the problem by complimenting another student, near the offender, for being on task, quiet, etc. He says this strategy usually stops his students' bad behavior.
Pumpkin Geography
Ms. Croff takes advantage of the pumpkin harvest to bring hands-on geography to her students. After she teaches about hemispheres, the seven continents and major bodies of water, students create their own painted pumpkin globes.
Puzzle Reading
Ms. Fraser found a wonderful way to help her students to read more carefully. She creates pre-reading puzzle activities that take students on a journey through the assigned reading.
Ms. Goodney buys puzzles that relate to the subject she is teaching. When students' work is complete, they can work the puzzle as a reward. Best of all, completed puzzles become classrom decorations!
Puzzles for Process
Ms. McLeod uses puzzles as an introductory activity for setting up cooperative groups, or starting a new unit. See how she uses this tip to build thinking skills, cooperation, and self-analysis/reflection.