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Classroom Group Norms Agreements

Our “Back to School Series” continues with more ideas to help engage learners and build a positive environment for learning in your classroom. Now that you have spent some time getting to know your students and helping them get to know each other, relationships within your particular group are taking shape. This could be the perfect time to formally explore and start the process of creating a classroom...

Energize Your Classroom with Whoosh, Wham, Whoa, Wow!

Recent research on the brain and learning emphasizes the importance of breaking up lecture and direct instruction sessions with movement to increase attention and enhance learning outcomes. This weeks post in our Friday Lessons “Back to School Series” offers a great way to energize and engage students before, after, or during a lesson. Whoosh, Wham, Whoa, Wow! is shared by Justin McGlamery and Mike Gessford in...

"Are You More Like?" Another Favorite Activity Idea

This week’s activity for our ongoing Friday Lesson “Back-to-School Series” comes from Chris Cavert and Laurie Frank’s Games (& other stuff) for Teachers. This is a great activity to engage students in dialogue in the classroom. Are You More Like… The first couple of hundred “Are You More Like….” questions appeared in the book, Games (& other stuff) for Teachers by Chris...

Classroom Community Building Activity: Group Bingo

This week’s Friday Lesson continues our “back to school” series of community building strategies to help educators develop positive rapport in their classrooms or with staff or advisory groups. “Group Bingo” is a well-known “get to know you” favorite. This version of Group Bingo is offered by Laurie Frank and Chris Cavert in their book Games (& other stuff) for Teachers as...

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