No-Prep and Low-Prep Classroom Activities

We’ve all been tempted to simply throw in the towel from time to time and purchase that online lesson plan, full of classroom activities that are cookie-cutter in nature and that to rely just too heavily on worksheets.

But why not look to us at when you’re looking for those perfect that classroom activities will engage your class in kinetic learning while not breaking the bank? A perfect example is today’s centerpiece article, in which frequent contributing writer Janelle Cox, who is a veteran elementary school educator on the East Coast, which spells out several no-prep and low-prep classroom activities  that are certain to liven up your days.

Janelle’s ideas include:

  • Sentence Relay
  • A-Z Reflection
  • Hungry Hippos
  • And more!

Do you have any no-prep or low-prep classroom activity ideas that you would like to share? Please share your ideas, we would love to hear what you have to say.

Multimedia Podcast: Social Networking in Classrooms for Teaching & Learning

Find out in this week’s podcast, from the always-free TeachHUB Magazine.

Relationship Building with Teacher Colleagues

Although the educational system stresses the importance of the teacher-student relationship, of equal importance are the relationships we build with our teaching colleagues.

Our colleagues are our teammates, our collaborators, our allies and our partners – and also, frequently, our biggest pains. So it’s of paramount importance that we fortify and build positive relationships with our colleagues.

With that in mind, frequent contributor Jordan Catapano, himself an English teacher in the Chicago suburbs, explains how to better build out our in-school relationships with our colleagues.

Jordan’s ideas include:

   Ditch the e-mail
   Connect on social media
   Mind your manners
   And more!

In summation, Jordan notes: “Putting yourself out there in these ways lets others know that they can trust you, you can trust them, and lays a solid foundation for respect and collaboration down the road. If you want to build relationships with others, it starts with how you treat everyone else.

“When teachers work well together, everyone in the school benefits. And since your relationships with your colleagues are long term, the benefits your school gains are long term as well. Imagine how much students stand to gain when their teachers share ideas, respect one another, work together, and contribute to a positive academic environment. It all begins with strong relationships laying the foundation for momentous achievements.”

How do you build relationships with your colleagues? What are your favorite methods, activities, or traditions?