how to help rejected or neglected students in my classroom

The Rejected or Neglected Child in Your Class

Ideally, the classroom is a place where everyone is valued and accepted. In reality this is seldom the case. Some children seem to be socially gifted – they know how to work and play with others, and for the most part, they are popular and well liked. For other, less fortunate children, the social world of the classroom and, perhaps more importantly, the playground is

Hundreds of Freebies at the Lesson Cloud Today!

The Lesson Cloud is the blog to stalk today! New freebies just keep popping up every few minutes. Every grade level, every subject, from a huge group of amazing Teachers Pay Teachers sellers. You are sure to find tons of great resources. No worries if you can’t get there today; the freebies are all being archived on a link on the sidebar.

Free Parent Night Activity

A “how well do you know your child” quiz can be a fun addition to Parent Night.  They only take a few minutes to fill out and are sure to be a hit with both students and parents. You can download a free one right here.  

Find the Teacher’s Mistake!

Here is something fun to try this year: have your students find the teacher’s mistake! Let your (upper elementary or middle school) students know that sometimes you will intentionally make a spelling or grammar mistake on a handout or worksheet. It is their job to find that mistake. They will never know if there is a mistake on any given worksheet – it could come

Positive Trait of the Week

Character Education Ideas plus 42 Free Character Trait Strips

If there is beauty in character, there will be harmony in the home. If there is harmony in the home, there will be order in the nation. If there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world. – Chinese Proverb With all the academic testing that is currently an integral part of elementary school, character education is often not as much of a

Ideas for using Would You Rather in the classroom

Exploring “Would You Rather…” Questions

Would you rather… teach a year of third grade using no books or print media of any kind? or teach a year of third grade using no pencils, whiteboard, or writing materials of any kind? Click the image to get your own free copy of ready-to-use and ready-to-make Would You Rather slides. “Would you rather…” questions are great for practicing critical thinking because they require you

Ideas to celebrate student of the week in the classroom

Ideas for Student of the Week, Super Star, VIP etc.

Most teachers in the primary grades (and often upper elementary, too) have some sort of program to honor a different student each week. Usually this involves a special display, sharing, and sometimes special jobs or privileges. Each day of the week brings a different Student of the Week activity. Here are some ideas for things you might want to include in your Student of the Week

back to school writing prompts

20 Back to School Writing Prompts

Want to go beyond the classic “What I Did Over Summer Vacation” essay? Try some of these engaging writing prompts.   Who is someone you spent a lot of time with this summer? Describe this person. Where did you go this summer that you have never been before? How did you spend Independence Day? Where did you spend most of your time this summer? Describe

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