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The Teacher's Corner Resources End-of-the-Day Clean Up
I use "seconds" as a way of getting students to clean up. At the end of the period or end of day each item left on the floor counts as 30 seconds off their recess. After the first day of 3 minutes off recess we rarely have to stay in more than 30 seconds anymore. They really enjoy picking up their "seconds".
Submitted by: Leslee Whalley

The Teacher's Corner Resources Homework Board
Keep students and parents informed. I have a homework board (Monday-Friday) side blackboard on which I list all homework for the day, tests to study for, and special days. Children copy all of this into their planners each day before leaving.  Also at the side is a list of: tests and what they will cover, and in September, a list of Guests, Field trips and hands on activities for the year. The parents can come in any time and know at a glance what is going on.
Submitted by: Gail Whitworth - Surrey, British Columbia

The Teacher's Corner Resources Markers & OFF
Don't worry about marker writing smearing. Instead of using dry erase markers on things which you do not want to smear, use Permanent marker and then keep a bottle of OFF insect repellent (other kinds might work) and spray on and wipe off! I use this on my birthday chart. I also use this daily with a large sheet of laminated paper.
Submitted by: Stacy Edge

The Teacher's Corner Resources Message Center
An easy way to remind students of missing work and accomplishments.
Submitted by: Dedra Hall

The Teacher's Corner Resources Minature Toolbelt Organizer
Help clear desks of clutter. Use a minature tool belt tied to each desk. This can serve as a wonderful subject/various notions organizer and it frees the desk of clutter and accessibility as needed.
Submitted by: Sarah Woods - Meridian, MS

The Teacher's Corner Resources Noise Level
Use a traffic light tool to manage classroom noise.
Submitted by: Patricia Pruim - Iskut, BC, Canada

The Teacher's Corner Resources Playing CDs in Class
Some ideas of what to play in your classroom.
Submitted by: Patricia Pruim - Iskut, BC, Canada

The Teacher's Corner Resources Puzzle & Game Organizer
Reuse other items to help keep things organized. I have many boxes of games and puzzles in my classroom and many times the boxes break. So, a way to keep your games together is to REUSE an old tissue boxes and place the pieces inside the opening on the tissue box. I also glue or staple pieces of the old box onto the tissue box to show what is inside. This way you are saving a tree and keeping your classroom neat and organized!
Submitted by: Nicole Sciarrino

The Teacher's Corner Resources Responsi-bills
An idea for encouraging responsibility for your students.
Submitted by: Cheryl Bramlett

The Teacher's Corner Resources Test Review
An idea for a review that will appeal to all the children and allow them all a fair chance to participate.
Submitted by: Lynda Day - Astoria, New York


Classroom

Achievement Award Certificates Grades Any
Download dozens of awards and certificates that you can print out for your students. They are in PDF format that will allow you to type the student's name on the award before you print it. (These certificates are in PDF format.)

The Teacher's Corner Resources Clean Blackboards
A great way to clean your blackboard without getting you messy.
Submitted by: Marilyn Redmond , a second grade teacher at Roland Michener Public School in Kanata, Ontario, Canada. This tip was published in the NEA's Weekly "Works4Me" Email list.

The Teacher's Corner Resources Daily Schedule
Here is an easy way to let your students know what's going on each day.
Submitted by: Jennifer teach@email-removed

The Teacher's Corner ResourcesFlip Chart Trick
Here's an inexpensive and easy idea to make classroom flip charts. "Turn any old notebook inside out, make a base out of cardboard to fit and attach it with duct tape. Flip charts have a million uses. I use mine to tell who's turn it is to use the computer, who gets to sit on the couch, who's turn it is for Show and Tell, etc. I also use flip charts to keep a running list of story starters for those who can't think of anything to write. I discovered this in a catalog. Flip charts were selling for $25 and I noticed they're only notebooks turned inside out with a base on them. Teachers are too smart for that!"
Submitted by: Janis Highley danjan@email-removed , a first and second grade teacher in Battle Ground, Washington. This tip was published in the NEA's Weekly Tip Newsletter.

The Teacher's Corner Resources "I SPY" Clean-up
Make clean-up less of a hassle and more of a game! "We play 'I Spy' to clean up scraps on the floor after an art project. I visually identify a scrap on the floor without telling the students which one and say 'I Spy.' Kids pick up scraps and the student who finds the one I was looking at gets a sticker. We keep playing the game and giving stickers until all scraps are off of the floor. Kids love the game and it is a fast fun way to clean a room."
Submitted by: cdlewis@email-removed his tip was published in the NEA's Weekly "Works4Me" Email list.

The Teacher's Corner Resources Whiteboard Mistakes
Have you written on your whiteboard with permanent marker? Here's a quick and easy solution! "Sometimes a marker is grabbed to write on the whiteboard and invariably, it turns out to be a permanent marker. A quick solution is to use the correct type of dry-erase marker to write over the permanent ink. This breaks down the permanent ink and the whole mess wipes away!"
Submitted by: Hank Rowe Wurensh@email-removed , an eighth grade social studies teacher at Amphitheater Middle School in Tucson, Arizona. This tip was published in the NEA's Weekly "Works4Me" Email list.

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Management

The Teacher's Corner Resources Alarming Time Management Grades Any
A simple way to keep you and your students on time. "When I was a classroom teacher, my class and I would often get involved in lessons, and the time for lunch and specials would creep up on us. In order to help us out, I used a clock radio and set it for the music to come on about five minutes before we needed to be in another location. This warning really helped me with time management."
Submitted by: Bobby Stern Bstern207@email-removed , a curriculum coordinator at Piney Grove Elementary School in Kernersville, North Carolina. This tip was published in the NEA's Weekly Tip Newsletter.

The Teacher's Corner Resources Anecdotal Records
An easy and inexpensive way to record your student observations. I do much of my grading through observation anecdotal records during reading and writing conferences. I write them on the white mailing labels companies use. I usually get the 2" one, but you can find them smaller or larger. You can get them either in long strips or 8x11. Put the Student's name, the date, and the subject on the top. Take the notes. Later, they can be files on a sheet of paper in a binder under the child's name. These are very useful with behavior situations. They are great for conferences, too.
Submitted by: Kimberlee Hannan kimmie0000@email-removed

The Teacher's Corner Resources Classroom Management
Tickets and team work with a sports theme.
Submitted by: Michael Miller mrm4mail@email-removed

The Teacher's Corner Resources Conduct Cards Grades Any
With this simple routine, parents and students will always be aware of their weekly behavior.
Submitted by: Suzanne D. Puckett teacher172@email-removed , a fourth grade teacher at W.J. Turner Elementary School in Ft. Worth, Texas. This tip was published in the NEA's Weekly Tip Newsletter.

The Teacher's Corner Resources Keeping Track of Assignments
Need a quick way to check if your students have handed in their work? Here's an easy solution.
Submitted by: Jennifer

The Teacher's Corner Resources Weekly Behavior Report Grades Any
"To keep parents informed of their child's progress and behavior, I send a weekly behavior report home each Monday. The report has a box for each day in which I document both positive and negative behaviors and any grades the student has earned that week. I also note any special assignments. The parents must sign the report and send it back to school. The weekly report informs parents and it's good documentation for me."
Submitted by: Maryellen Eaves maryell@email-removed , a fourth grade teacher at Louisville Elementary School in Louisville, Mississippi. This tip was published in the NEA's Weekly Tip Newsletter.

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Materials

The Teacher's Corner Resources Egg Carton Trick
"I use a paper egg carton to hold a perfect dozen markers. Turn the egg carton upside down, poke a hole with scissors into each circle and cover the top (which is now the bottom) with duct tape so that the markers won't fall through the slit. I always know when one is missing. Further, I make labels marked 'teacher' and the kids know they're not to use them as the teacher's markers are tools for teaching."
Submitted by: Janis Highley danjan@email-removed , a first and second grade teacher in Battle Ground, Washington. This tip was published in the NEA's Weekly Tip Newsletter.

The Teacher's Corner Resources Keeping Materials Handy
This is a simple task and all you need is a supply apron! "We use a three pocket apron that's similar to a tool belt that we tie around our waist. We put markers, small notepads, pencils, stickers, pens and even band-aides in the pockets so that we are never searching for these items when we are helping the children or teaching a lesson. It saves us so much time and it allows for much faster feedback with the children."
Submitted by: From Suzanne Nayback and Shelly Novotny , multi-age teachers of six through eight year olds at Central Elementary School in Petoskey, Michigan. This tip was published in the NEA's Weekly "Works4Me" Email list.

Recipe Box Organizer
Organize quick tips, short poems or songs, bulletin board ideas, book ideas, etc. in a recipe box on index cards. Then, when you are looking for that special first day poem it's right at your fingertips in a small file box vs. figuring out which book you read it in.
Submitted by: Stacy Wolf wolfsden@email-removed

The Teacher's Corner Resources The Right Pen!
Always looking for that pen? Keep all of your classroom pens organized. "With all the activity in our classroom, I became frustrated with finding 'the right pen.' I use whiteboard pens, Vis-a-Vis, marker pens, etc. So to keep track of what pen is used on which surface, I keep a supply of sticky-back velcro squares on hand and use them to post the proper pen in the proper place - on a portable whiteboard, near my journal chart, etc. It has saved me many headaches! I also use sticky-back hooks to hang charts anywhere there's space!"
Submitted by: From Janis Higley danjan@email-removed , a first and second grade teacher at Chief Umtuch Primary in Battle Ground, Washington. This tip was published in the NEA's Weekly Tip Newsletter.

The Teacher's Corner Resources Storing Magic Markers
Keep those markers from drying out! "Here's a little tip for storing magic markers. I take an old bowl and fill it with Plaster of Paris. I insert the markers cap down with about 3/4 of the cap in the plaster and let it set. When it's dry, I can just pull out the markers as I need them and there are no more lost caps! I purchase the same kind of markers every year so that I can reuse the caps."
Submitted by: L. Engelhardt MLYNENG@email-removed, a fourth grade teacher at Murray Elementary School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This tip was published in the NEA's Weekly "Works4Me" Email list.

The Teacher's Corner Resources Transparency Drying
Gets those transparencies dried quickly and easily! If you write with washable/ non-permanent overhead pens on transparencies- an easy way to clean and dry them quickly is to rinse off transparency and place it in a phone book, you can put a different one every 20-25 pages - the transparency dries in about 20 minutes and leaves no streaks and can be reused many times.
Submitted by: Barbara Reichard- gr 7-8 Math Cesar Chavez Middle School, Union City ,CA. b_ryke@email-removed

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Miscellaneous

The Teacher's Corner Resources Annual Class Album Grades Any
A fun and easy way to capture your classroom memories throughout the school year.
Submitted by: Tisha Talikka talikkap@email-removed , a teacher at Perry Elementary School in Perry, Ohio This tip was published in the NEA's Weekly Tip Newsletter.

The Teacher's Corner Resources Box Recycling
Easy and inexpensive portfolios! "I recycle Tide detergent boxes to make portable file boxes or portfolio cases. First, I start out with an empty 16.43 lbs. Tide detergent box (120 wash load size). This size is exactly the right size to house Pendaflex hanging file folders and other portfolio covers sized for 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper. Next, I cover the box with contact paper and personalize the case with my own decorations. This case is handy for carrying curriculum guides and other necessities. My students enjoy making these cases to use at home too."
Submitted by: From Carleen Drozda , a family and consumer science teacher at Perry High School in Perry, Ohio. This tip was published in the NEA's Weekly "Works4Me" Email list.

The Teacher's Corner Resources Class Photographer Grades Any
A great way to remember your school year and provide a special duty for your Star Student.
Submitted by:
tvanhout@email-removed, a second grade teacher at Swaney Elementary School in Derby, Kansas. This tip was published in the NEA's Weekly Tip Newsletter.

The Teacher's Corner Resources Items to include in Centers
A great list of center "must-haves"!

The Teacher's Corner Resources Organize those papers going home!!
Too many papers for too many kids? Use these helpful tips to keep them all organized.
Submitted by: Jennifer teach@email-removed

The Teacher's Corner Resources Password
Here is a great game to play with your class during the days surrounding testing.
Submitted by: Barbara D. Martin DMartin15@email-removed & Mardi Plancich

The Teacher's Corner Resources Share Day
Here is a fun variation of "Show and Tell."
Submitted by: Debbie Robinson robinsondg@email-removed, a first grade teacher at Patrick Henry Elementary in Heidelberg, Germany. This tip was published in the NEA's Weekly Tip Newsletter.

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Students

The Teacher's Corner Resources Easy Student Organization
Keep your students easily grouped and organized. Place colored stickers on each child's desks to aid with grouping -- each child had a red, yellow, blue, or green sticker in the clusters. You can call on individual colors to distribute paper, lead group, etc.
Submitted by: SEWREADIT@email-removed

The Teacher's Corner Resources Fast & Easy Tracking Grades Any
This is a simple way to help you keep track of assignments that have been handed in. "Keeping track of turned in assignments took too much of my time so I found a quick and easy way to do this. When it's time for students to turn in an assignment, I make sure that I get something from everyone. If they don't have their assignment, they must write 'I did not turn in my assignment' and sign their name on a sheet of notebook paper. These statements are turned in and used as future proof. The key is to get something from every student."
Submitted by: Patricia Johns , a teacher in Salcha, Alaska. This idea was posted in the NEA's Weekly Works4Me Newsletter.

The Teacher's Corner Resources Keeping my Students Organized
Use a binder to help keep students organized.
Submitted by: Michael Miller mrm4mail@email-removed

The Teacher's Corner Resources Make-Up Work
Help keep you and your absent students organized when it comes to work missed.
Submitted by: Angie Mast mastfarm@email-removed , an eighth grade science teacher at Kokomo-Center Schools in Kokomo, Indiana. This tip was published in the NEA's Weekly "Works4Me" Email list.

The Teacher's Corner Resources Organizational Folder
A terrific idea to help keep younger students more organized. I teach full day kindergarten and at 5 years old it is difficult to teach them what stays and what goes home. To help them remember, I make an "L" on the left side of their folder that means "leave at home" and an "R" on the right side of their folder that means "return to school". This way when I give them something, I tell them to put it either on the "L" or "R" side and they know what to do. It also helps them learn and remember left and right!
Submitted by: Nicole Sciarrino

The Teacher's Corner Resources Redo Papers
Help prevent lost re-do papers. I place the redo papers on our kidney shaped class table each morning. Students must check to see if they have a redo, and complete it at that table. This prevents lost re-do papers.
Submitted by: Jan Nelson 3n1@email-removed

The Teacher's Corner Resources Remembering Assignments
"In order to help students remember when crucial assignments are due, I make a slip of paper that is roughly the size of a bookmark with important dates. This is helpful to them to use as a placeholder and also a good reminder. Also, it saves paper!"
Submitted by: From Tiffany D. Horne tiffany_horne@email-removed, a twelfth grade American government and economics teacher at Gibbs High School in Knoxville, Tennessee. This tip was published in the NEA's Weekly Tip Newsletter.

The Teacher's Corner Resources Setting Goals
Help get your students motivated. "I started a Raise Your Grades Club for the third through fifth graders at our school. After each report card, students chart their grades and set goals for their next report card. The students that wish to participate write me a letter telling me which grades they will raise and how. After the next report card, the students who have met their specific goal(s) are invited to a celebration. This club not only recognizes what students are doing right but teaches achievable goal setting."
Submitted by: Barbara Teetor bteetor@email-removed , an achievement specialist at Tyrone Elementary in St. Petersburg, Florida. This idea was posted on the NEA's Works4Me Tip of the Week.

The Teacher's Corner Resources Student Made Study Guide
A great way to make the students a part of the review process.
(Especially good for older students.)
Submitted by: Karen Janzen , a physics teacher at Wheat Ridge High School. This tip was published in the NEA's Weekly "Works4Me" Email list.

The Teacher's Corner Resources Taking Care of Ouchies
An easy solution to your students always needing to leave class and go to the nurse's office.
Submitted by: Stephanie Urlage surlage@email-removed , a 4th grade teacher at White Hall Elementary School in Richmond, Kentucky. This tip was published in the NEA's Weekly "Works4Me" Email list.

The Teacher's Corner Resources Theme Notebooks
Help keep your students organized.
Submitted by: Michael Miller mrm4mail@email-removed

The Teacher's Corner Resources Velcro Mats
An easy and creative way to help keep your students sitting in one spot during group time. "My students sit on the floor for group activities. In the past, I've used mats or carpet squares to designate where they should sit. They are a chore to move and the children continually shift about on them. In searching for a solution, I took colored, hook side Velcro, cut it into four-inch strips and wrote each child's name on one. The strips cling to the carpeted floor and can even be vacuumed over. Now the children no longer move about."
Submitted by: From Lana Schaefer Schaefer@email-removed , a preschool teacher: This tip was published in the NEA's Weekly "Works4Me" Email list.

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Teacher

The Teacher's Corner Resources Desk Binder
This is a great and simple way to keep yourself organized.
Submitted by: Ann Rayner , an eighth grade reading and writing teacher at Perry Middle School in Perry, Ohio. This tip was published in the NEA's Weekly Tip Newsletter.

The Teacher's Corner Resources Idea Box
Share your extra or unneeded copies with fellow teachers!
Submitted by: Janis Highley danjan@email-removed , a first and second grade teacher from Battle Ground, Washington. This tip was published in the NEA's Weekly "Works4Me" Email list.

Mailing Labels
Use mailing labels to label all of your professional books. That way your address, phone number, etc. is listed.
Submitted by: Stacy Wolf wolfsden@email-removed

The Teacher's Corner Resources Message Labels
An inexpensive way to personalize your messages and feedback to students.
Submitted by: Melanie Finotti mgfinotti@email-removed , a fourth grade teacher at Keystone Elementary School in Knox, Pennsylvania. This tip was published in the NEA's Weekly "Works4Me" Email list.

The Teacher's Corner Resources Organization & Labeling of Your Personal Books
Submitted by: Flashete@email-removed, Aurora1604@email-removed, Liz EKaufm1053@email-removed, & Debbie

The Teacher's Corner Resources Personal Invitations Grades Any
Add a personal touch to your Parent-Teacher Conferences.
Submitted by: Leahn Agnew lagnew@email-removed , a tenth grade English teacher at Lebanon High School in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. This tip was published in the NEA's Weekly Tip Newsletter.

The Teacher's Corner Resources Recycled Laminate
A great way to put those scraps to good use. Used laminating film makes great overhead sheets. I simply go into a Kinko's or any other store that laminates and tell them that I am a teacher looking for used laminating film. They can usually find some pieces in their trash that I cut into 8 x 11-inch sheets. Smaller pieces of laminated paper are used for letters, numbers, dice, domino's, and playing cards. The lamination is thick and sturdy. Best of all, I am recycling.
Submitted by: Laurie Staley lstaleyce.CE_GWP.CE_GWD@email-removed , a kindergarten teacher at Central Elementary School in Olathe, Kansas. This tip was published in the NEA's Weekly "Works4Me" Email list.

The Teacher's Corner Resources Reminder Board/Time Monitor
Missing those assemblies? Here's a helpful tip.
Submitted by: Kris Ringer KRISNWALT@email-removed , a second grade teacher in Garden Grove, California. This tip was published in the NEA's Weekly Tip Newsletter.

The Teacher's Corner Resources Rubric Labels
A helpful tip on developing rubrics.
Submitted by: Mary Wells w, a fourth grade teacher at Southside Elementary in Cocolalla, Idaho. This tip was published in the NEA's Weekly "Works4Me" Email list.

The Teacher's Corner Resources Snacks for Subs
A thoughtful and simply gesture for your next substitute. "I always leave a couple of quarters for the substitute to have a juice, pop or snack on me. Some days, these subs are called very early in the morning and have long drives ahead of them. This is just one way of saying that I appreciate the effort."
Submitted by: From Marcia Chambers , a fourth grade teacher at Winskill School in Lancaster, Wisconsin. This tip was published in the NEA's Weekly "Works4Me" Email list.

The Teacher's Corner Resources Student Record Index Cards
If you have a large number of students to keep track of, this is your solution.
Submitted by: Jacqueline Bannerman gv310jackie@email-removed

The Teacher's Corner Resources Student Check-Off
Keep track of student work and/or submitted forms.
Submitted by: Amy

The Teacher's Corner Resources Teaching Recipes
Don't loose those lessons and great ideas. Keep them organized and at your fingertips. "As a way of keeping track of all the great ideas I see and read about, I have a recipe box labeled with the different aspects of teaching. The labels include bulletin boards, management, organization, educational web sites, etc. Whenever I have or find a good idea, I write it on an index card and file it in the appropriate place. I am accumulating quite a few great ideas."
Submitted by: Tara Bigner tara@email-removed, a student teacher at Beavis Elementary in Cincinnati, Ohio. This tip was published in the NEA's Weekly "Works4Me" Email list.

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