A great teacher strategy I love to use when I am working with a large group but need to divide them into smaller groups is called MINGLE. Start out by yelling out random numbers and have students get in a group with that many student EXAMPLE: If you shout 7 then everyone should get in groups of sevensContinue reading “MINGLE”


Another key member that you need to introduce to your gamming repertoire is “clothespins.” They are cheap and lots of fun. Following is a list of easy activities that can be used with clothespins. I keep a large bucket of clothespins with me and use them for quick and easy fillers when I am doingContinue reading “FRANKENSTEIN”


Pair your students together. Each pair will use 10 clothespins to attach themselves together. You can then play the following activities: Have the pair’s line up on a line and race. See which pair can win without losing any clothes pins or come apart. See which pair loses the least amount of clothespins while goingContinue reading “PINNED TOGETHER”


Have students line up on a starting line and have them prepare to race to the finish line. The only challenge is that each student must take a balloon and put it between their legs and place their hands over their heads. This is a funny activity to watch but warn your students to beContinue reading “BOWLEGGED BALLOON RACES”


OBJECTIVE: Find people who like the following items. You will have five minutes to go around the room and find people who like the items below. Once you find someone who likes one of the following items, have them initial on the line. Who likes chocolate_______. Who has a dog_______. Who likes to shop_______. WhoContinue reading “PEOPLE SEARCH”


One classic that is always a hit is called “donut on a string.”  You take your students and pair them up by two’s.  The way this game works is that half of the students will lie on their backs and their partner will stand behind them.  Their partner will have a donut that will be tiedContinue reading “DONUT ON A STRING”


There is no better way to have a good time than to play with your food! So, pick up a bag of oranges, gather your students together, crank up the music and expect a great time. DESCRIPTION: Participants have 30 seconds to see how much Juice they can squeeze from Oranges into a Cup. The personContinue reading “HUMAN JUICERS”


The November 1981 issue of Management Review contained a paper by George T. Doran called There’s a S.M.A.R.T. way to write management’s goals and objectives. It discussed the importance of objectives and the difficulty of setting them. Since then, there have been hundreds of spin-offs of this concept. I find this concept very helpful and will use Doran’s main conceptsContinue reading “S.M.A.R.T. GOALS”