Ideas, Energizers, Techniques, Tips…

  • Eyes on me – Used for gaining attention in a classroom full of students.
  • Numb bum = Numb brain – If a student has a numb bum they will not be able to focus!
  • Mirroring – When two students face each other, one does actions, and the other must try to follow and keep up with what the other student is doing.
  • Fit break – Taking a break to get some exercise and refresh your brain.
  • Touch – The teacher says commands and the students must touch those areas of the body and try to keep up as the teacher gets faster and faster and faster!
  • Balloon game – Giving commands using a balloon to improve the individual’s hand-eye coordination.
  • Ping Pong game – In two teams, one teach must stand at each side of the table. One person from each team moves up to the table and tries to blow the ball off, when the teacher yells switch the partners switch up.
  • Daily stretch – Taking 2-3 minutes to allow the students to stand up and stretch out.
  • Animal Madness – Each student pantomimes and makes the sound of an animal named by the teacher. The teacher says a new animal every 5-10 seconds, then speeds up and says one every 1-3 seconds. If you say an unfamiliar animal the students are encouraged to make up a new sound.
  • Telephone – The teacher starts a message and the students must go around the circle whispering the message. The last person must say the message out loud.
  • 7-UP – Students put their heads down and thumbs up, while 7 students go to the front. The 7 students will push the thumbs of 7 people. The 7 people whose thumbs were pushed must stand up and guess who did it. If they guess right, they get to switch places.
  • Tea Party – After direct instruction or a long time sitting, ask the students to stand and share a key point from the lesson or activity to three people before sitting down.
  • Balloon Pop – The group of students holds hands and tries to keep a balloon off the ground with the body part that the teacher called.
  • Travelling stories – Each student numbers their paper, and puts their name at the top. They will pass the papers around and each student will write a line, when each paper gets back to its original owner the owner will read the story out loud.

Teaching Strategies…

  • The Use of Visual Aids – This should be incorporated into lessons daily. Whether this is in the form of pictures from elementary students or written words for secondary students; each form will increase the amount of information the students retain.
  • Priming – This is when you prepare a student for an assignment that he or she will be completing. A way to implement this strategy is to allow the student to review materials such as worksheets, project outlines, or itineraries of future events.
  • Group Work – For effective group work teachers should avoid self-selection, consider the nature and maturity of the students in the group, and teach students how to function as a team. If the roles of each group member or are selected carefully and all members are taught their individual roles. Group work is highly rewarding to students to let their strengths show.
  • Speaking Literally – With all students it is important to avoid languages such as, “stop back taking.” This allows all students to understanding exactly what you are saying because in some instances you will have special education students who will not understand.
  • Tiered Assignments – Having distinct and various levels of difficulty in assignments is important for your class, as they might not all be learning at the same level.
  • Problem Solving and Application – The student is asked to make real world applications to the concepts learned.
  • Heterogeneous Grouping – Grouping students with above average intelligences with students who may be below the average. This allows both students to provide assistance to each other.
  • Open-Ended Assignments – These assignments allow students to take the curriculum outcomes in whatever direction they want and often involve creation of some kind.
  • Personal Inquiry – Allow students to research a particular topic that interests them and present their findings to the class.
  • Drill and Practice – This helps students to learn at their own pace.
  • Experiential Learning – Taking students out of the classroom to help to engage them in the subject matter. Experiential Learning can be effective because it sets a different learning atmosphere and it can be more fun for students.
  • Class Discussions – This allows students to engage and contribute their own thoughts to what is being taught, and engage with their peers.
  • Learning Communities – This allows students to get together with another group of students and work together to achieve their learning goals as a group.
  • Team Based Learning – This is where students are expected to come to class being prepared with whatever the teacher had asked of them and share it with a group. This makes it so the student has responsibility so they do not let their group members down.
  • Brainstorming – Allowing students to express their ideas before something has been introduced to the class.
  • Compare and Contrast – Pointing out the differences between things and allowing the students to engage in this. It can be helpful to use concept maps and visuals to help the students.
  • Journal Writing – Getting students to express their feelings, concerns, and experiences through literature.

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