Winning Ideas Contest 2007-2008
Teachers Shared Expertise & Won Up to $100 in Teaching Materials
Whether you’re a beginning teacher or a veteran, we can all benefit from reviewing what we’ve done in the past and looking for new ways to strengthen our teaching skills. Find inspiration and practical ideas to help you make the best use of class time. See the classroom-proven ideas for each of the topics that were selected as Winning Ideas from our monthly contests in the 2007–2008 school year. You still can contribute ideas on any of the topics from the past year. Post your ideas and pictures on our Winning Ideas message board.
New teachers can use these icebreakers as community-building activities in the classroom. First year teachers will find they double as assessment opportunities. See how these contest winners get the school year off to a great start.
From tempting potential volunteers with treats to using photos to give parents a peek into their child's school day, see how you can make a connection with parents that lasts all year long.
Here are our picks for winning ways to keep students engaged in learning when they finish assignments early. This article is loaded with links to great activities that will come in handy for new teachers.
Teachers share their Winning Ideas for integrating lessons into a holiday celebration. New teachers, see how you can turn a special occasion into a learning experience. First year teachers can borrow ideas from the discussion board.
How do you deal with interruptions and keep students on track for learning? New teachers, get advice from pros who have found strategies that work. First year teachers, you'll know just what to do next time an assembly or conference interrupts your class schedule.
Teachers share their thematic unit plans and tips for with themes like winter or pirates. If you're a new teacher or first year teacher, these winning ideas will jump start your repertoire!
New teachers, find out what books other teachers can't live without. First year teachers may be interested to hear why these kids'books are must-haves. Teachers explain how they use the titles in their curriculum.
First year teachers, discover creative, fun ways to gain parents' support at your school's open house.
Go green in your classroom with one of these five teacher-suggested lesson plans and other activities.
Fun competitions, handling distracted kids, and helping the transition to a new grade, all these winning ideas will teach you how to wrap up the school year.