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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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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  

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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  

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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  

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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  

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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  

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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  

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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  

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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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