reward whole class behavior. I have a cut out of a jar taped to my whiteboard. There are also a bunch of magnetic gems. When the class WOW's me, I add a gem to the class jar. When the class fills the whole jar, I let them vote on their class reward.
From the Game GalHere's a list of phrases to play an acting game like charades. All of the phrases are actions to act out. Have students take turns acting out a phrase silently in front of the class. (Favorite List For Kids)
This year I am teaching a Study Skills class for the first time. All of my students in the class are sophomores, which means they are all taking Geometry. Recently, they're all learning about parallel line angle relationships and I have been finding that
End of Year Gift: Each student had a sheet of paper with everyone's name on it. They had to write a nice sentence about everyone in the class. Then each student had 20 nice things written about him or her. We put those in a frame. This activity is great!
My Favorite Classroom Routine: Status of the Class
If you are teaching a public speaking unit on debate or argumentation, the Minute to Win It activity is a great way to introduce the unit! This activity gets students in front of the class and plead their case for ONE MINUTE.
Check out the video on this post. WHAT a fun project! After almost nonstop requests to play the 70 Million video by Hold Your Horses, the class decided it would be fun to recreate the video using their own famous artwork selections.
homework incentive - Each night of the class does their homework, put up a letter in the homework banner. If the class gets every letter in the banner, the whole class wins a no-homework pass! But if one person doesn't do their HW? Take down a letter
PBL- Let the Class Solve World Problems - An Ethical Island
Can kids solve real life problems that affect our world? Why not? Many of you know the 7 sterile steps to PBL. How about adding a little more to the 7 steps? Here are a few ideas about how to solve real-life problems with your class.
The snowball writing method is a fun way to teach your students how to write collaboratively. (Do this for art as well for drawing collaboratively.) Students write, crumple, and throw. Their stories are continued by another student in the class!