Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Classroom Ideas

More than just a time-honored book and movie, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” is a great tool that teachers can use for some outside-the-box classroom ideas.

Today on, frequent contributing writer Janelle Cox illuminates some of ways that educators can use that theme to work in some unique lesson plans. Janelle’s ideas include:

Explore math themes of probability
Discuss getting what you wish for
And more!

Janelle concludes her article thusly, instructing educators on how to “Have a “Wonka-licious Day”: “The day before your “Wonka-licious” day, give each student a Golden Ticket and invite them to come to a day filled with fun. As students enter the classroom, they must hand you their ticket and proceed on to the activities that you have planned for them. Here are a few teaching ideas. A lot of these activities can be in the form of a learning center.”

Do you have any fun teaching ideas to contribute for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? Please share your ideas!

Classroom Management: The Modern "C’s” of Learning

Collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity – these four “C’s” of learning have guided and directed the curriculum trajectories of several generations of educators.

But as the teaching profession has evolved -- especially with regards to technology and all the elements it brings to the classroom – it’s time to recognize a new set of “C’s” and how your classroom toolkit can morph with them.

Today, frequent contributor Jordan Catapano adds five more “C’s” to the table, including competition and character.

The Anti-Bullying Classroom: Advice for Educators

Elsewhere on today, anti-bullying advocate Jodee Blanco offers up 10 top anti-bullying tips that teachers can enact today to put an end to this perpetual problem.

Blanco, the noted author of “Please Stop Laughing at Us,” says a few words that teachers should NEVER say to a bullied student: “Ignore the bully and walk away; they’re just jealous; twenty years from now those bullies will probably be in jail and you’ll be successful; I know how you feel; or be patient.”

With that, Blanco dives into her 10 tips, which include:

  • Contact the parents
  • Be a friend
  • Use compassionate punishment

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