Having a "First Five Minutes" poster gives students a sense of direction when they walk into the classroom. Although it will take a few weeks and lots of reminding to get students into the routine, giving them a task and a sense of responsibility when they walk into the room can redirect their behavior, especially after lunch or recess.

Having a "First Five Minutes" poster gives students a sense of direction when they walk into the classroom. Although it will take a few weeks and lots of reminding to get students into the routine, giving them a task and a sense of responsibility when they walk into the room can redirect their behavior, especially after lunch or recess.

Tüm öğretmenlerimizin 24 Kasım Öğretmenler Günü'nü kutlarız. #DekorazonCom

Tüm öğretmenlerimizin 24 Kasım Öğretmenler Günü'nü kutlarız. #DekorazonCom

When students get the chance to participate in StoryCorps interviews, it can "reorganize the ions of a class," according to one teacher who tried it. Photo: David Andrako, courtesy of StoryCorps

When students get the chance to participate in StoryCorps interviews, it can "reorganize the ions of a class," according to one teacher who tried it. Photo: David Andrako, courtesy of StoryCorps

Head Over Heels For Teaching: Mentor Text: Wilma Unlimited, good to teach theme and character analysis

Head Over Heels For Teaching: Mentor Text: Wilma Unlimited, good to teach theme and character analysis

A new twist on a song that names all 50 states and capitals.  awesome video with the drawing to go with it all.  i think the kids will love it.  [Tour the States - Official Music Video]

A new twist on a song that names all 50 states and capitals. awesome video with the drawing to go with it all. i think the kids will love it. [Tour the States - Official Music Video]

Online resources for teaching US states and their capitals - technology rocks. seriously.

Online resources for teaching US states and their capitals - technology rocks. seriously.

Squares are so cool ... they get into every club! I explain to my students that squares are in the parallelogram club, the rhombus club and the rectangle club. This really helps the kids understand some complicated geometric nomenclature.

Squares are so cool ... they get into every club! I explain to my students that squares are in the parallelogram club, the rhombus club and the rectangle club. This really helps the kids understand some complicated geometric nomenclature.

FREE--Top Educational Websites of 2014!  Sure it's a year old but still of interest!  As chosen by our Homeschool.com readers!  http://www.homeschool.com/articles/Top100_2014/default.asp#

FREE--Top Educational Websites of 2014! Sure it's a year old but still of interest! As chosen by our Homeschool.com readers! http://www.homeschool.com/articles/Top100_2014/default.asp#

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