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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  

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Team Management Ideas

Team Tubs

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  

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How to Form Cooperative Learning Teams

Forming effective teams is a important when implementing cooperative learning strategies, but it’s not always easy to figure out the best way to form teams of students who will work  

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What are Cooperative Learning Structures?

Structures are very specific strategies that can be used to organize interactions between students who are working in cooperative learning teams.

Most structures can be used with almost any academic content, but  

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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.  

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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 social skills is probably  

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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 can  

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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 a  

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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 for  

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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  

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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  

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Building EQ While Expanding IQ

Guest post by Neetu of Cinnamon’s Synonyms.

I’m honored to be guest blogging for Corkboard Connections today. In this post, I’ll be sharing a vocabulary building activity that also serves to increase students’ emotional awareness!

I  

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