Category: Timely Tips

Bullying Role Play

Bullying is a pattern of aggressive behavior that has the intention of hurting another person. Schools try to create a safe environment where children are free from this kind of behavior, but that is not always the case. In order for classrooms to be prepared to handle bullying, try to role play the behavior. For example, allow students to play the different roles, i.e. the bully, the victim and a by-stander. Be sure all students can define what bullying is and what they can do to defend themselves or to help someone else. Be sure to define your role as a teacher to help students who might be involved in being bullied or see it occurring.

This role-playing exercise does several things. It allows students to understand what bullying is so they can identify it if it happens. It also allows … Read More »

Integrity Rules

Make sure you are using the language of integrity. The Integrity Time program offers a creative way of teaching this language. If you speak the language of integrity to your students, they will begin to use the language for themselves. Don’t be afraid to use big words such as “appropriate” or “inappropriate”. They will quickly learn as you ask them to evaluate their behavior. Was that an appropriate response? Was that an inappropriate word to use?


by Allyson Willis

When the Days Get Tough

Your job is one of the most important jobs in our society.


When the days get tough, think back to why you began teaching. You knew you could make a difference in the lives of children.


When the days get tough, think back to the children who left you a note on your desk or told you they wished they could go home and live with you.


When the days get tough, think back to the student who came into your class failing and was promoted successfully to the next grade at the end of the year.


Children need the positive guidance you have to give them.  You have had many victories because of your dedication to love the seemingly unlovable, manage into obedience the out of control, listen to the frustrated parent, find the funding for that special fieldtrip and teach the apparent … Read More »

Pass the R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Respect for one another is one of the greatest tools against students mistreating other students. One way to teach respect is to play “Pass the Respect”. Start by defining the word “respect” for your students which is having a high regard for someone else so you say and do things to them that are the right thing. Then write the word RESPECT on an object such as a can, card, block, etc. Have the children sit in a circle on the floor and have each student state a way in which they can show respect to the person sitting next to them. Have the speaking student pass the RESPECT object on to the person sitting next to them and continue the game until the object goes all the way around the circle. You will likely have to guide them in … Read More »

Quality Attention

All children want the attention of significant adults in their lives.  As a teacher, you have the opportunity to positively influence your students in many aspects of their lives, not just academically.  The complete health of a child is determined physically, emotionally, socially, and mentally.

Teaching Integrity Time will go a long way in the healthy development of the emotional and social and mental aspects of a child’s life.  But you can also be a role model in the physical health of a child. A great way to promote wellness in your classroom and give your student quality attention is to exercise. This could include something formal such as a regular scheduled exercise activity, or it could be a walk around the classroom in the morning before school, stretching to classical music, or leading the class in a game of Simon … Read More »

Praising Parents

Parents need praise, too. Yes, it’s true, so start your year off right and keep going strong all year long by sending your children’s parents notes of praise. Anything positive you experience from your students’ parents is appropriate to praise.  Examples are:

“I noticed what healthy lunches you pack your child.”
“Thank you for always calling me back so promptly.”
“You always put so much heart into volunteering.”
“As a dad, you are always there to go on field trips. Thank you.  We really need you!”
“You always take time to listen to the children when you come into the classroom.”

You will be surprised at what a powerful connection you will develop with parents when you take a little time to let them know you notice who they are and what they do. This will also increase the respect children have for their parents when they see … Read More »

Remember When?

Sometimes it is important to remember. While we cannot live in the past, we can revisit the happy times when we need a little encouragement.


When was the last time you reflected on your first year of teaching or when you thought about the day you finally decided that what you wanted to do with your life was to teach children? Why did you make that decision? What were your motives then? What are your motives now? Do you remember the feeling of walking into YOUR classroom for the first time? Do you remember making bulletin boards, cleaning desks, putting names on sentence strips for each child? Do you remember the nervousness you felt at the first Open House or the excitement the first time you saw the “lightbulb” go off in a student’s head?


I invite you to remember today. Make … Read More »

Pass It On

Solid relationships between teachers and administration ultimately help the student. Offer support to your co-workers by starting the day off with a box of name tags and a Sharpie. Have one staff person write a positive quality of another on the name tag such as “Considerate” and tell that person how you saw them being considerate. Then pass on the box of name tags and Sharpie to that staff person for them to name a positive quality of another staff member. The goal is for each staff member to have a name tag at the end of the day. This exercise will not only be morale building for your staff, but also will be powerful for your students when they see teachers and the administration intentionally naming positive qualities in each other.


by Allyson Willis

Build It

A workplace where you feel connected with your co-workers is so enjoyable. Unfortunately, the days fly by so fast and are so packed there is often little time to really get to know each other so be intentional about building community among your peers. Suggest to your principal to do team-building activities at each faculty meeting. These can be short and yet so valuable for bringing people together.


Some team-building ideas:

Ask everyone what is their favorite meal and why.
Put all staff members’ names in a hat and ask each person to draw a name. Share a quality in that person which you admire, appreciate or from which you have learned.
Have each person tell about a meaningful time they served someone else.
Ask each staff person to share about someone who has been a hero in their life.
Have everyone bring a photo of … Read More »

Play I.O. – Immediate Obedience

How many hours of classroom time are wasted having to remind students to do what you have asked them to do? To get students in the habit of responding immediately to your directives, play I.O. – Immediate Obedience.


Start by explaining what immediate obedience means to make sure they understand the terminology. Begin the game by having everyone come to military attention and put their hand to their brow when you say “Attention I.O.” Then instruct them with a task, for example: “Put your books and pencils away”, “Push your chair up to your table”, or “Line up at the door quietly”. Mix up your directives so different groups have to do different things at the same time.


The practice will help to teach the students who are not as familiar with what it means to obey and to do it … Read More »