The Year in Pictures
Keep handy a digital camera or disposable camera. Take pictures throughout the year as students are engaged in special activities, or even daily routines. These pictures document learning that goes on all year long, and the photos can be used to create a yearbook or slideshow that will be a treasured memento for students and parents.
May I Be Excused?
Management By Majority
If you are facing a classroom management issue, you might try this: First, share the problem you see. Have students agree that the problem exists. Get their agreement in advance that the solution is in their hands and that they will go along with the majority-rules decision of the class. Arrange students into small groups to brainstorm possible solutions to the problem. Set aside time for students to share their solutions. Have students discuss and vote openly on the two best solutions that come out of their brainstorming sessions. Then have them vote privately on the best of the two solutions.
Two Sense Worth
When introducing a classroom discussion, hand each student two pennies. Explain that everyone in the class will have an opportunity to give his or her two cents worth on the topic. Students relinquish a penny when they add to the discussion the first time; they give up the other penny when they participate the second time. Every student can participate twice, and no student can participate more than twice. Students who often participate might hold back knowing they only have two opportunities to speak. That will give others, who might not contribute as often, an opportunity to add to the discussion.
Article by Linda Starr
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