Strategy of the Week

Strategy of the Week: The Photo Bulletin Board

The Photo Bulletin Board is one way to truly see each individual! Let me explain. During a high school classroom visit, I noticed that students rushed in and gathered around a bulletin board. They were laughing, talking and seemed very excited. The teacher explained that he had just changed his photo display. He frequently took [...]

Tame the Paper Monster

Tame the Paper Monster

Many students have a paper problem. It’s all over the place- crumpled in the bottom of the backpack, strewn in a locker, stuffed into books and falling out of folders. Loose papers confuse, distract and overwhelm the student. The most important rule of paper organization is: No Loose Papers! One of the best ways that I have found [...]

Clip it to the Clipboard

Clip it to the Clipboard

When faced with more than one task, some students are overwhelmed and flit from one thing to another like a hummingbird. Everything gets started but nothing gets finished. A simple strategy for written work is to put the study guide, worksheet, or other paper-pencil task on a clipboard. This signals to the student, “Do this [...]

Clear the Workspace to Increase Focus

Clear the Workspace to Increase Focus

Think about the student’s workspace at school or at home. Only what the student is working on at that time should be visible. Anything else distracts. Encourage the student to remove books and papers from other subjects not related to the immediate task. Put materials that are not needed under the desk or on a [...]

Make “To Do” and “I Did It” Lists

Make “To Do” and “I Did It” Lists

Making lists helps students organize their thinking as well as their materials. I like two types of lists: a daily “To Do” List and an end of the day “I Did It” List. A “To Do” list is really a list of goals and helps good intentions become a reality.  It also helps students create [...]

Fringe Vocabulary

Fringe Vocabulary

This concrete vocabulary strategy will appeal to your students at all levels from gifted range to students with learning disabilities, attention deficit and kids falling between the cracks. Fold a sheet of paper vertically. As you can see from the photo, cut a horizontal fringe from the outside to the fold. The number of cuts [...]