Classroom Community on Corkboard Connections
Promoting Kindness in the Classroom through Teambuilding
I’ve been a fan of cooperative learning since I first stepped into a classroom, and I’m convinced that teaching kids how to
Team Management Ideas
Team Tubs are plastic containers (about the size of a shoebox) that I keep in the center of each team. Each team tub has 4 scissors, 1 bottle of glue, 4 calculators, 4 rulers, 1 box of crayons, 1 film canister
Team Formation Tips
Forming effective teams is an important first step in cooperative learning. A team of four has been shown to be the most effective size. A four-person team allows for many different kinds of
What are Cooperative Learning Structures?
Structures are very specific cooperative learning strategies that teachers can use to organize interactions between students. Most structures can be used with almost any academic content, but some structures are better than others
You Can Put a STOP to Classroom Disruption!
Active engagement activities are an important part of classroom instruction, but if getting kids up and moving causes disruption, these activities become ineffective and chaotic.
The Erase-a-Letter Strategy is an easy way to keep students on task during cooperative learning lessons.
Teaching Social Skills
Seating students together is not enough to ensure teamwork. Many kids have very little idea how to interact appropriately with their classmates. They simply lack the social skills needed to perform the most basic cooperative tasks. Lack of
Quiet Signals and Timers
One of the keys to good cooperative learning is good classroom management. If you feel this is a weak area for you, don’t worry. As a part of your cooperative learning explorations, you
Interactive Teaching Made Easy
Teaching interactively is at the heart of effective instruction, but sometimes interactive teaching methods can seem like a lot of work to plan and implement. I’m conducting
Managing Whole Group Instruction
Classroom Management Strategies That Work!
Before you can involve your students in cooperative learning activities or other active engagement lessons, you’ll need to establish clear procedures
How to Create a Caring Classroom
Creating a Caring Classroom starts on the very first day of school. I think the most important thing a teacher can do that first
Learning Center Resources
Learning Centers are a great way to keep kids motivated throughout the year. They also ensure that all students are actively engaged while you work with a small group of students. This page
Undercover Boss – School Style!
Guest post by Michelle of Teach 1 2 3
I was watching one of my favorite shows, Undercover Boss, when I had a brainstorm! What if a legislator, congressman, State Superintendent or Commissioner of Education