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Started by Allan Richards in Teaching and Methodology Oct 27. 0 Replies

Hey everyone!I am new to the forum and am curious how you feel learning communities benefit educators when it comes to developing a collective responsibility as educators. Do you feel a forum like…Continue


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ABCs - Alphabet Resources or Ideas?

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Top 5 Game

Started by susie silver in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Sep 17. 14 Replies

Hi David Maybe its obvious to some but I'm not sure how to play and I also want to create a top 5 game as well. What is the point of it. There are always 5 answers. Do the students guess according to…Continue

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The #1 ..... (summer teaching tool)

Number One** Not your ordinary endless list - just what's number 1. Just the BEST.

                           A spray bottle

Yes, that's right! It works like a charm in any "hot" educational environment. Indoors or outdoors. Perfect for summer.

How does it work? Well, I discovered this while teaching grade 4 in a tin roofed "shack" (portable) during the hottest summer on record in downtown Toronto (2005 - look it up!) It was so hot and we had no air conditioning and a crummy fan. I brought a thermometer to class and it regularly passed 100 F / 37 C. I showed it to the VP several times and she just said to "tough it out". Our classroom was an oven!

The students wouldn't do a thing! So I came up with the idea of a spray bottle. They worked and if working, got a spray from me. Boy, did they do their exercises! Classroom management was a breeze - only the cooperative students got "refreshed". Others were kept busy running into the school to refill the bottles. It was the perfect motivational tool. Needless to say, I was also the most popular teacher during recess duty!

Try it if things are heating up in your classroom this summer!

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Comment by Donna Doerfler on July 2, 2010 at 12:22am
What a cute, effective idea!

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