# Monthly Archives: December 2011

## Student Jobs

A great way to get you students engaged in your classroom is to have student jobs. They also take the pressure off of you And free you up to spend more time working with students. A great way to get you students engaged in your classroom is to have student jobs. They also take the pressure off of you And free you up to spend more time working with students.

## Make Up Work Trick

One of the most frustrating things that a teacher has to deal with day in and day out is make up work. I have had this take up hours of my work week, tracking down assignments, printing them out etc. To me, this is a total waste of time for a teacher because every second we spend doing administrative tasks is a second we could use to plan better lesson, or even better, be in front of a student teaching! One of the most frustrating things that a teacher has to deal with day in and day out is make up work. I have had this take up hours of my work week, tracking down assignments, printing them out etc. … read more

## Using Data

### More useful than you think!

It seems that more and more these days education is turning to a data driven model. This trend seems to be driven by the more recent emphasis placed on high stakes testing. For good or for ill this isn't going anywhere. How can you make use of this instead of being intimidated by it. I'll tell you what I've done. More useful than you think! It seems that more and more these days education is turning to a data driven model. This trend seems to be driven by the more recent emphasis placed on high stakes testing. For good or … read more

## Mental Math Activities

### Mental Calculating

The first is direct teaching and practice of how to do everyday calculations like 27 plus 68, or 14587 times 7, or taking 37 percent of 460 etc. It sounds like students would hate this, but ify you them the tricks, they eat it up with a spoon. The absolute best book to teach them from is Secrets of Mental Math by Arthur Benjamin. You could probably find it your local chain bookstore, or definitely on amazon (just click the title). Just buy it and learn the tricks. Then, For about 5 mins each class, alternate between teaching the tricks and giving them practice. For practice I usually project about 4 problems, have them do them in their heads, and write down the answers only. Some students will try and do it with pencil and paper don't let them. At the end of every topic I give a little quiz to help keep them accountable for learning. Mental Calculating The first is direct teaching and practice of how to do everyday calculations like 27 plus 68, or 14587 times 7, or taking 37 percent of 460 etc. It sounds like students would hate this, but ify you … read more