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October 19-25 is National Safe Schools Week. Be sure to check out our Health and Safety archives for appropriate lesson plans and activities
Dont miss Fred Jones latest article on how Tools for Teaching Implements PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports).
The theme for this weeks character education lesson is manners.

Making the Most of Parent-Teacher Conferences Research has shown that parental involvement is the most important factor in a student's success. For many parents, however, involvement is limited to attendance at parent-teacher conferences. Learn how to make the most of the opportunity.

Student-Led Conferences Hold Kids Accountable Would you like to find a way to actively engage students in their learning process and increase parent attendance at conferences? Student-led conferences can accomplish those two objectives.

Parent-Teacher Conferences When it comes to parent-teacher conferences, the most important survival strategy is to be prepared.

Competition Teachers test their knowledge by answering online Classroom Jeopardy! StandardsLink questions.

This weeks featured tip is from our Motivating Kids Library.
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What can you do with SchoolNotes? Check out Mr. Hipkin's Page.

Dr. Fred Jones The objective of Tools for Teaching is identical to that of PBIS. Both seek to develop and implement effective discipline practices.

Professor Joe Martin Persuade yourself to buy what youre selling by overexposing yourself to your own commercial. And what are you trying to sell yourself? Your teaching goals!

Dr. Ken Shore Class participation is an important aspect of student learning. These eight tips will help you encourage students who are reluctant to share their thoughts.

Ruth Sidney Charney The quest for rules helps us achieve our hopes. If we are going to be able to learn math, what rules do we need?" If we are going to be able to make friends, what rules do we need?" The rules help the good things happen.

Eric Baylin It's not that most parents aren't supportive. But there's always that one conference... Perhaps a song would help?

Ms. Powells Tips for Organizing Your Classroom Create a visual reminder to track permissions slips, signed report cards, and other required forms.

Meet the other members of Education Worlds Columnist Team.

What Color Is Your Balloon? How many balloons of each color does Jeremy have to sell?

Math and Literature If youre looking for a new way to add relevancy to your classroom math activities, the answer may be right in your school library

Twenty Questions This word-on-the-back version is a great way to review and synthesize new math vocabulary and concepts.

Math Mnemonics The measure of an angle

From the Math Machine Time to Move Fishing for practice in measurement, numerical comparison, and sorting. (Grades 1-2)

Look for more math resources, lessons, and activities in our Math Corner and on our Lesson Planning page.



Improving Fluency in Struggling Readers Fluency is critically connected with how readers gain meaning from print. We need to look at teaching and assessing fluency as a triangle with three important sides...

The Other Cinderella Story When Cinderella's stepmother and stepsisters announce the release of their new book, their press conference reveals shocking "truths" about the would-be queen.

How to Read Aloud Eight tips for getting the maximum benefit from reading aloud.

From the Reading Machine The Best Trampolini Game Students learn about suffixes as they match images and root words. (Grades K-2)

Ten Tips for Young Writers Write regularly, write about what you know, imitate writers you admire, don't be afraid of rejection --- those tips and more from an experienced editor of fiction for young readers.

Letters to Home Alicia Harmans Letter-writing lesson opens lines of communication.

Writing Lesson #1 Older and younger students team up in this cross-grade writing activity. (Grades K-12)

Writing Lesson #2 Creative writing: write sentences using guide words on a dictionary page. (Grades 3-8)

Writing Bug #1 Write a Halloween Who, When, Where story.

Writing Bug #2 What three special things will you take on a long, long trip?