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2nd grade Teacher; Edina, MN

Great reminder that school

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Great reminder that school community is important! The fun we have and we instill in our teaching/learning lasts. Btw, I referenced your blog article here: http://funelemteaching.blogspot.com/2013/08/is-silly-or-dorky-really-bad...

3rd Grade Teacher form Philadelphia, PA

On the first Friday of each

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On the first Friday of each month we have a success assembly where each class chooses their student of the month and their most improved. We also allow students who completed all their homework for the month dress down. The students really enjoy this. They strive to work harder to receive the award.

As for the teachers, on the first day of professional development we each received an index card. We had to write our name and 3 facts about ourselves that others probably did not know. Then someone read the cards (without the name) and we had to guess who is was. It was fun to find out fun things about each coworker. We also did a lot of ice breakers.

Before the state test, we do a PSSA pep rally for the students. They love this! We play different games and the teachers end with a dance. This year we are doing Gangnan Style! They students are going to go crazy!

3rd grade

Our school places a lot of

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Our school places a lot of fous on how to engage students and let them know their hard work is noticed. We talk about celebrations monthly. Recently, we held a 15 minute assesmbly to recognize their hard work on a big state test. We even called a last minute assessmbly before the test to pump them up and remind them to do their best! Our final celebration included a popular hip hop dance which everyone got the opportunity to participate in. It was a success. We also find it helpful to have a funky friday once a month. (Crazy hair, twin day, etc. and then have a quick 10 minute assembly to show off to the school. Then we select a winner with a prize. This obviously has nonthing to do with academics on the friday activities but it keeps children engaged and provides a sense of "fun" in their culture of high demands.

Founder and Chief of Innovation, Envision Education, Oakland CA

Ms. Garcia, Thanks for your

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Ms. Garcia,

Thanks for your comment - let us know how it goes. Have fun!

Bob

High School English Teacher from Navajo Nation

At the beginning of the year,

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At the beginning of the year, we did a lot of fun ice breakers and goal setting that really made people laugh and connect. But lately our meetings are bogged down with memos and stress where no one really wants to learn that day.

This provided a necessary reminder to have fun for tomorrow's PD. Hopefully I come up with something great!

Founder and Chief of Innovation, Envision Education, Oakland CA

That tradition continues at

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That tradition continues at Envision - thanks for sharing it Ted!

Instructional Designer, Samuel Merritt University

Serendipitous Interaction: GTalk

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One thing I remember about working at CAT was that we used our Google Talk statuses as a way of "tweeting" fun factoids, inside jokes, and useful logistical information. This added a layer of fun for those moments when we looked away from our serious email conversations to help us connect informally with co-workers.
Now that "Twitter for your Enterprise" apps like Yammer and Presently are trying to re-create that experience, I think back to how effective that practice was for keeping everyone informed without an excess glut of email traffic.

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