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Ohanian, Susan – Learning, 1988
This article describes seven ways in which a teacher can make the classroom more pleasant and productive. (JD)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Improvement
Delisle, James R. – Learning, 1988
This brief self-administered quiz provides teachers a quick survey to evaluate their teaching styles. Each answer includes an evaluation. Recommendations for teachers who wish to improve their teaching styles are made. (JL)
Descriptors: Self Evaluation (Individuals), Student Motivation, Teacher Improvement, Teaching Styles
Pross, Maureen N. – Learning, 1988
Five teachers describe the endeavors they pursue over summer break: conducting field trips; organizing a teacher support group; running a summer enrichment program; meeting favorite writers; coordinating an Adopt-a-School program. Books to improve teaching are listed, as well as suggestions for revitalization. (JL)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Field Trips, Junior High Schools, Professional Development
Sagor, Richard. – Learning, 1988
Discouraged learners are students who could succeed academically but who, for a variety of reasons, do not believe they are able to do so and fail. The article provides case studies and suggests books for further reading. It offers techniques to encourage, teach, and involve discouraged learners. (JL)
Descriptors: Dropout Prevention, Elementary Education, High Risk Students, Motivation Techniques
Gozzi, Joan Daniels – Learning, 1987
Magazine Mania is a series of seven reproducible self-motivating activities involving magazines such as "National Geographic" and "Ranger Rick." While enjoying the activities pupils will be increasing their self awareness, appreciation of foreign cultures, divergent thinking skills, skimming, research skills, creative writing skills, vocabulary,…
Descriptors: Creative Thinking, Creative Writing, Elementary Education, Learning Activities
Ohanian, Susan – Learning, 1987
By introducing students to the idea of inventing their own celebrations, teachers encourage creativity and help them sort out values and make decisions. Students can savor a sense of community as they share discoveries with classmates. Examples of several invented celebrations are recounted. (MT)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Creative Thinking, Elementary Education, Learning Activities
Carlo, Michele – Learning, 1987
A 7th-grade teacher describes a unit on the elderly involving films, books, a visit to a local nursing home, and other activities. Resources for teaching about old age are listed. Suggestions for preparing for and following up on a nursing home visit and ideas for related activities are presented. (MT)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Creative Writing, Grade 7, Junior High Schools
Crandall, Penny – Learning, 1987
Fifteen ideas for rewarding and motivating students without using stickers are offered. An inset box presents seven more ideas for intermediate students. (MT)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Rewards, Student Motivation, Teaching Methods
Sottile, Joseph D. – Learning, 1987
A teacher dismisses 10 common myths about teaching and explains how they can get in the way of teaching. (MT)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Elementary Education, Teaching Methods
Miller, Helen L. – Learning, 1987
Lining up pupils offers an opportunity to develop observation and thinking skills. Suggestions for lining up range from using clothing colors to summing a pupil's birthdate. (MT)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Elementary Education
Dillon, Douglas E. – Learning, 1987
Gifts can link class discussions to the real world while involving children in reading, travel, or a search for information. They make children more receptive to the teacher, school in general, and ultimately to the subject. Ways to find cheap or free gifts for students are discussed. (MT)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Instructional Materials, Student Motivation, Teacher Student Relationship
Sroka, Stephen – Learning, 1988
How to teach children about Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome is discussed. Issues of homosexuality, parent permission, sexual abstinence, and condom use are touched upon. (MT)
Descriptors: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, Elementary Secondary Education, Health Education, Prevention
Welch, Leona Nicholas – Learning, 1988
An English teacher discusses how she teaches her students to take responsibility, to build a positive attitude, to listen and concentrate, to think, and to study. Only then are they ready to learn English. (MT)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Junior High Schools, Teaching Methods
Learning, 1988
This special section of back-to-school ideas contains seven articles on topics such as starting school, working together, making new friends, surviving the first day, creating welcoming bulletin boards, and generating school spirit. (MT)
Descriptors: Bulletin Boards, Cooperation, Elementary Education, Peer Relationship
Plourde, Lynn – Learning, 1985
Math doesn't have to be mysterious--even though its language is strange and its customs confusing. Like any foreign country, it can become familiar through exposure and understanding. Six ways to take the mystery out of math are described. (MT)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Teaching Methods
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