Tuesday Tip: Taking Attendance

Taking attendance is one of those classroom tasks that just “must get done”. Consequently, as teachers we often don’t take it seriously. However, taking attendance can be a vital way to get a sense of the class and build community. From the teacher’s perspective, taking attendance helps establish a baseline awareness of who is coming […]

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Tuesday Tip: He and She

Even our advanced students struggle with the distinction between “he” and “she”. At the beginning levels, resist the urge to gloss over the topic. And, when you hear gender mistakes at advanced classes, make it a point to to provide a few minutes of formal instruction. Here’s a fun activity to help with work on […]

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Tuesday Tip: Taking a Brain Break

We all know that sometimes our students need a bit of a “brain break”. Here’s a great activity to give your students a chance to do that. Ask students a series of random “Would you rather” questions (examples below – some silly, some thought provoking). Would you rather be 3 feet tall or 8 feet […]

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Practicing "His/Her name is…"

For additional practice on his name is/her name is bring in pictures of famous people. Here are some ways to work with them. Have students label pictures, writing His name is______., or Her name is ______. Use sticky notes, so that you can remove the labels and reuse the pictures for review later on. If […]

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Feature Friday: Janusz Strzpek

A record was set at this past term of school classes at Boulder High when all 9 of our level 1B students were honored for having perfect (or “almost perfect”) attendance. This means that all 9 of the students missed no more than 1 class during the 10 week term. For those of you keeping […]

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Tuesday Tip: Unite for Literacy

The Fort Collins-based Unite for Literacy offers free access to an online library of more than 100 multilingual picture ebooks designed for children at www.uniteforliteracy.com. The text, images, and narrated audio support provided in their Wondrously Infinite Global Library are designed to give families the opportunity to see and hear their home languages and cultures […]

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Active Ways to Check Answers in Class

Checking answers to activities is a must in the classroom setting. Here are three seven tips to keep students engaged during the process: 1. As students finish the activity, assign pairs to do a check first. This allows students to confirm and/or discuss their answers. The peer might benefit from explaining why she believes she […]

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