Scholastic.com is an education related web, offering resources for teaching and activities oriented to a better use of received lessons by the scholars.
On e of the options offered each term to the teacher is an idea contest on how to better teach, based on different themes which are presented each month. For instance, how can I motivate my students to bring their homework on time? From this portal, all those you work in the field of education are invited to share their ideas and “tricks”, in order to help solving the thousands of issues arising each day in the classroom. The five best ideas of each month are awarded with didactic material worth 50 $. In this way, a compendium of easy and practical resources is created, which may help the whole teaching community. Teachers may find here lots of little suggestions for an improved daily teaching activity.
Among the winners of last year´s edition, we may find ideas as funny as placing fluorescent words in the form of a star at the ceiling; scholars have to find a given word after switching off the light. Or learning the right spelling, staging with an action each given letter; brief activities so that students are not idle when they have to wait for anything; unforgettable moments to celebrate the birthday of each classmate,…
Without any doubt, the teaching community may benefit from these small ideas for the daily job. For this reason, although the prize is only symbolic (it is not a large amount of money), it is one more contribution for the very important job of educating, which is far more than just teaching different matters.