Resources for Educators

Teaching Tip

From the Teacher’s Aide Newsletter

1998 Spring

Investing Students

  • Enlist new students’ help at graduation ceremonies. This promotes involvement in a school activity while also reminding them with enthusiasm about their own goals.
  • Provide students with a list of planned activities and material to be covered during the week, along with corresponding book resource material. Also include scheduled dates for tests or assignments.
  • When used wisely, humor gets the class’s attention and enhances the student/teacher relationship.
  • Every once in a while, ask students how the class may be improved.
  • Instill a sense of curiosity into the learning process by sharing material and concepts from everyday life, including realistic future work situations.
  • A great icebreaker is to write the names of characters (movie stars, musicians, cartoon characters, famous people . . .) on name tags, enough for one per person. Place the name tag on the back of each person. While they mix with the rest of the group, ask them to figure out who they are by asking only “yes” and “no” questions.