Clever Classroom Activities, Tips for Teachers

Despite the myriad of technological innovations that have transformed the educational realm over the course of the last few years, there are a few stand-by tricks that teachers can rely on to deliver from year to year. These tried-and-true classroom activities have stood the test of time and are there to help you when you are short on ideas, whether it’s a math lesson or dealing with parents.

Today on, frequent contributing writer Janelle Cox, herself a seasoned educator on the East Coast, points out a few of these clever tips and tricks in our centerpiece article for today. Janelle’s ideas include:

  • Open House Scavenger Hunt
  • Homework Pass
  • And More!

Janelle sums up today’s article like this, in a paragraph with the subhead “Remembering Names:” “If you find that students are always forgetting to write their names on their papers then you will find this tip especially helpful. Place a rubber stamp next to the basket that students place their paper in. If a child has written their name on their paper then they are allowed to stamp their paper. This fun reminder is a great way to get students to never forget their names on their papers again.”

Do you have useful teacher tips that you would like to share?

Technology in the Classroom: Google Play for Education
Also today on, frequent contributor Jordan Catapano takes a look at Google Play for Education, a recent addition to the set of technological tools aimed to help teachers.

Google Play for Education is a stripped-down group of tools focused to fit your needs as a teacher. It will also help tremendously in your search for the best technology in the classroom tools.

Three key attributes of Google Play for Education can greatly help streamline your instruction. You can:

    Instantly send apps directly to students.
    Share books with students.
    Find and share helpful resources.

Google Play for Education might be the best new online store to help you find the resources you need.

Have you used Google Play for Education? What have you found useful about it, or what makes you want to try it out?