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Teaching Tip: Filling Classroom Time


Often you may find a need for short activities to fill classroom time. When this occurs, here are some ideas to try. Do not spend more than 10 minutes on any one of the following.
  • Review previously learned skills or concepts at the chalkboard.
  • Go over homework assignments or tests that you have returned.
  • Do some speed math drills.
  • Have students do silent reading.
  • Play learning games to reinforce skills and concepts.
  • Have students construct as many words as possible from a multisyllabic word you write on the chalkboard.
  • If you have completed required curriculum work, teach something outside the curriculum that students will find interesting (e.g., basic American Sign Language).
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