Sunday, August 29, 2010

Top 5 Teaching Tips of the Week (August 30-September 5)

1.  Learn how an inexpensive item that’s probably already in your classroom could be useful in an even wider variety of activities thanks to Post-it's Teacher Site.  You can browse and see dozens of ways to use Post-It notes in your daily lessons.  Some of the more popular ideas are the Birthday Booklet, Classroom Stationary, and the Hidden Message Board.  Be sure to check Post-it's Bright Ideas for ways to use their other products for activities.  Also?  Coupons! 

2.   If you’re looking for a way to show students that science and technology are useful for many careers, try taking a peek at Packetville, an interactive game with many lesson plans and educational activities.  Designed for students age 8-14, the site helps make science even more engaging to students.  Girls can also be inspired by the particular praise female scientists are given on the site.  Visit the Educator's page to get ideas on how to implement activities.

3.   Learn how a game of musical chairs, glow in the dark paint, or even a parachute could help students with their spelling words in these fun review activities

4.   Looking for a way to spark journal writing?  Laura Gartung suggests Monthly Journal Bingo, which cleverly motivates students to complete daily journal entries.  Log in to TeachersPayTeachers and download the free instructions and a sample Bingo Board for the activity.  You can easily adapt this idea for the upper-grades, workstations, unit studies, and for different subjects.  (*Subs:  If you need a classroom activity, use this as a writing assignment.  Have students complete a “Bingo” row by responding to their prompt choices.)  

5.   Nutrition Explorations offers some great ways to teach various grade levels about nutrition and health.  The site has complete lesson plans and activities to help students make positive food choices. 

Find any good tips?  Let me know about them, and I'll be sure to credit you!


  1. I see that you are consistently posting these tips of the week! Usually they are things I would have never considered apart from you pointing them out. Keep up the good work!

  2. Thanks! Yes, I'm going to do my best to post these on a weekly basis.

    I really think I'm going try the Monthly Journal Bingo when I sub. That would be great for when I don't have any lesson plans. Depending on the age of the students, I could tell them to write a few sentences or a half a page for each journal topic.

  3. Uh hmm uh hmm uh hmm that sounds like a plan to me. Hopefully the instances where you have inadequate or non-existent lessons plans will be few and far between; however I understand that this is just wishful thinking. LOL

  4. Found this on my way around the internet this morning and thought it might be something to promote on your teaching blog.

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