Teaching Strategies

Calling On Students 
Submitted by: Sharon Riddle, 1st Grade
On or before the first day of school, I paint each child’s name on a tongue depressor with colorful puff paint. These “sticks” are kept in a small pail on my desk. I use them to “call on students”, pick a line leader, decide who will read next, the 7 people who get to be up for “7-up”, etc. Each stick is left out of the pail after it is chosen until all sticks are picked. That way everyone gets a chance to do something, and I don’t inadvertently call on the same children who raise their hands first all the time. Then the sticks are placed back in the pail and I start all over again.

Calling On Students 
Submitted by: Amy Terry
Get a stack of 3 different colored index cards. Each color stands for a level of questioning (literal, moderate, higher level thinking). Now put the names of your students on your cards. Their abilitiy level will determine what color their name goes on. That way, you will ask questions appropriate for each child’s level. Then, after asking the child the question, put the card in the back of your stack, so each child gets called on equally. Great method!
Grade Level(s): K-2, Special Ed.

Face Painting – Tip for Teaching Anatomy: Nerves 
Submitted by: Pearlie
When I am teaching the nerves of the head and neck in my anatomy class, I put my students into groups and hand out a photocopy photograph of my face or the face of a famous person. Each group is to complete a drawing of their assigned nerves on the photograph. They enjoy this exercise because it gives them a chance to draw on my photo. They have fun and at the same time they actually learn the details of the nerves.
Grade Level(s): 12+

Making sure students understand lessons 
Submitted by: Gracie D.
At the beginning of the year, I give each student a laminated sheet of light-coloured construction paper and an eraseable pen. When we have, for example, a math lesson, I have my students follow along with equations on the board. They copy the equation down on their laminated sheets. When each student has solved the equation, he/she raises the sheet in the air. This way I can easily see who has the right steps and answer and who doesn’t, thus making sure that those who have it wrong keep trying until I see they have the right answer. And the fact that the sheet is eraseable means less paper waste in the classroom!

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