Find some inspiration at Poster-Street

May 13, 2010

BY KEVIN HODGSON What’s a classroom if not a place for motivation? We want to encourage our students to reach inward and for their very best. We do this with words and actions, but sometimes, a well-placed poster or saying … Continued

Use Team Maker for your next group assignment

February 18, 2010

BY BILL FERRIS Dividing your class into teams is an activity fraught with peril. Friends cluster together, shy kids awkwardly ask if they can join a group, and all that jostling can eat up several minutes. You could pick teams … Continued

Map out your classroom with Classroom Architect

November 19, 2009

BY BILL FERRIS Who doesn’t love moving furniture? The answer, of course, is pretty much everybody. Changing up the floor plan for your classroom involves moving desks, rugs and shelves around until you achieve feng shui (or you just say … Continued

Ask the readers: The periodic table tattoo

October 12, 2009

BY BILL FERRIS Happy Monday, dear readers. To ease you back into the work week, I thought we’d begin with a fun ice breaker. (Well, I think it’s fun. Your actual fun may vary.) Consider the tattoo in the picture. … Continued

Monday by the numbers

June 22, 2009

BY BILL FERRIS This week’s MBTN features foods that will keep you healthy, a new job-search site for teachers, and tips for stopping conflicts. Read more after the jump.

Manage your class online with LectureTools

June 3, 2009

BY BILL FERRIS Students have gotten used to doing things electronically. Your classroom doesn’t have to be an exception thanks to LectureTools, a learning management thingy from the University of Michigan. Developers designed LectureTools with huge, impersonal college lecture courses … Continued Timer keeps you on schedule

May 13, 2009

Keep your students on task with Timer, a simple and stylish timer application. Timer works much like Class Timer in that you can easily set a countdown timer that plays an obnoxious noise when it hits zero. However, … Continued