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Campanella, Catherine – Instructor, 2000
Describes how one fourth-grade teacher developed a Web site to build online research skills. The Day I Was Born helps students find interesting details about what was occurring in the world on their birth day. Suitable for grades 4 and up, it provides links to such sources as the New York Times Learning Network and History Channel On-Line. (SM)
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Creative Teaching, Educational Technology, Elementary Education
Perry, Bruce – Instructor, 2000
Describes how to gain optimal learning in the classroom by activating different parts of the brain. Neural systems fatigue very quickly and need to rest. Only a few minutes of factual lecture can be tolerated before the brain seeks other stimuli. The most effective presentation must move back and forth through interrelated neural systems, weaving…
Descriptors: Brain Hemisphere Functions, Cognitive Processes, Elementary Secondary Education, Learning Strategies
Power, Brenda – Instructor, 1999
Describes how teachers can use monthly newsletters to build relationships with parents, explaining how to divide up the work; use a desktop publisher; standardize features within the newsletter; keep the newsletter short but informative; use the World Wide Web for material; and enlist parent and student volunteers for a portion of the work. (SM)
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Desktop Publishing, Elementary Education, Newsletters
Rogers, Cynthia; Lemay, Carol – Instructor, 1991
Describes one elementary school's "Living the Dream" award program named in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Students read and reviewed books and presented the award to the author of a recent picture book that focused on multicultural awareness. A list of suggested titles is included. (SM)
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Class Activities, Creative Teaching, Critical Thinking
Instructor, 1987
Ways that teachers can prepare themselves for a class with a mainstreamed disabled student are described, including obtaining information about the specific disability, visiting the child and parents at home, reflecting upon personal attitudes about disabilities, setting up for a wheelchair user, working with visually- or hearing-impaired…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Disabilities, Elementary Education, Mainstreaming
Instructor, 1987
Professional and personal systems to help keep teachers organized and at ease with the many tasks of teaching are described, including tracking supplies, preparing for substitute teachers, using technology, setting up for volunteers, providing stress relief, and knowing personal and professional limits. (CB)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers, Instructional Development, Self Evaluation (Individuals)
Instructor, 1987
Learning activities that introduce new twists to teaching such basic subjects as mathematics, social studies, reading comprehension, music, science, creative writing, and spelling are described. (CB)
Descriptors: Creative Writing, Elementary Education, Learning Activities, Mathematics Instruction
Burns, Marilyn – Instructor, 1987
A collection of activities is presented for teachers to help students explore the schooling process, from the overall organization of the school district to the daily aspects of learning in the classroom. (CB)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Development, Educational Planning, Elementary Education
Vallin, Rose – Instructor, 1988
A teacher describes her method for ensuring effective, productive parent-teacher conferences. Suggestions include: scheduling conferences during the first two weeks of school; keeping a flexible schedule; preparing a simple parent questionnaire; explaining expectations and obtaining parents' expectations; making a problem solving agreement; and…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Expectation, Parent Attitudes, Parent Teacher Conferences
Kline, Suzy – Instructor, 1987
A teacher describes how a classroom diary, part of a daily classroom routine, was created through class members sharing their experiences with each other. The diary also served as a teaching tool in such areas as language arts and handwriting. (CB)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Diaries, Grade 2, Language Arts
Sylwester, Robert – Instructor, 1985
Students have experiences, during the school year, which enrich their understanding and knowledge of each other. Activities are described to enhance students' abilities to recognize and recall and to provide enjoyable, meaningful memories for students. (CB)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Elementary Education, Recall (Psychology), Visualization
Novelli, Joan – Instructor, 1993
A Chapter 1 school motivated students using technology and the arts. A partnership with the Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts helped students develop cognitive and creative skills while working in concrete ways. Using computers, each class chose an artist, developed a class museum, and exhibited at the student-staffed museum. (SM)
Descriptors: Artists, Computer Assisted Instruction, Creative Teaching, Disadvantaged Youth
Garner, Shirley; Frank, Charlotte – Instructor, 1987
Classroom activities to help children learn about and celebrate the bicentennial anniversary of the United States Constitution are described, including making up a class constitution, teaching about becoming a United States citizen, and researching details of a specific state's ratification of the Constitution. (CB)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Current Events, Elementary Education, Learning Activities
Palincsar, Annemarie – Instructor, 1987
Reciprocal teaching uses a structured discussion based on four strategies: questioning, summarizing, clarifying, and predicting. Suggestions are presented for teachers wishing to use this technique in their classrooms. (CB)
Descriptors: Discussion (Teaching Technique), Elementary Secondary Education, Questioning Techniques, Reading Comprehension
Earhart, Caroline – Instructor, 1987
The way in which an elementary school teacher involved her students with computer software to create a calendar for school activities (including students' birthdays) is described. Software helpful for this procedure is briefly reviewed. (CB)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Courseware, Elementary Education, Learning Activities
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