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FIVE GAMES TO LEARN STUDENTS’ NAMES

Looking for a fun way to learn students’ names? Check out how these veteran educators do it.

 

Mary Klein:

As a math teacher with five or six classes each year, I play a version of the name game where I introduce myself, the first student introduces himself and then me, the second student introduces himself, the first student, and then me in that order. We continue until everyone has a turn. Then I say everyone’s name in that exact order. I usually don’t miss any name.

At the start I explain that this is a listening skill, and if each student listens carefully and practices silently as we take turns, everyone will know the names of everyone in the room. Several students will usually volunteer to show that they also know every name. I point out that they are practicing a technique that helps learn math—silently answering questions being asked of anyone in the room. Silently comparing their answer to another person’s answer.

I started this game half way through the year when I realized one ninth-grade boy did not know the names of the other students. When some one joins the class later in the year we will play again with the new student going last.

 

Pamela Belcher:

I play the name game with my six classes. I start off with my name and how I’m taking the class on a trip to Aruba. “Ms. Belcher is taking a bag of books.” The first student introduces him/herself, chooses an item to take that begins with the initial of his or her first name, and then reintroduces me. This pattern continues on until the last student has repeated all names and travel items. Works each year.

 

Randy Loukissas:

I use a small rubber football that I toss to students. Here’s how it works. I point to a child and say what I think is his or her name. If I get it wrong, the child tells me his or her name, catches the ball, and tosses it back to me. We go around the room this way until every child has a chance to catch the ball. The kids are impressed that their old lady teacher can catch and throw. It takes just a few minutes, for a few days, for me to learn the names of 150 sixth graders, and I often hear “English is fun,” as the kids leave at the end of the period.

 

Debra Zanders:

To help the students learn each other’s names, I play a version of hide and seek. One student hides out of sight in the room and the others must guess who is missing. Students learn each other’s names very quickly.

 

Rich H:

I teach six sections of physics, 25+ kids each. I start off with an “introduce your partner” whiteboard activity. I then make students’ first assignment an activity where I must know their names in two weeks. I follow that up by meeting them at the door and trying to get their names as they walk in. This not only speeds attendance (taken before the bell rings), it also gives me more practice learning their names. After two weeks, I’ve got them.

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RENTERS: PROTECT YOUR POSSESSIONS FOR LESS THAN A DOLLAR A DAY

Be sure to read to the end of this story to see how you can WIN a 2018 Dodge Journey!  

You’ve been busy preparing for the new school year. The dollars you spend purchasing materials for the classroom add up quickly, but you do it so students will start the semester on a positive note.

You’re so focused on their needs that you may forget about your own needs: getting enough sleep, eating right and protecting your important possessions.

If you’re a renter, the NEA® Auto & Home Insurance Program provided by California Casualty can help take some of the stress away. For about $12 a month (well under what than average person spends each month for coffee, cell phone service or internet) you can get coverage from fire, water damage or theft.

NEA Member Benefits partnered with California Casualty to provide you this important benefit because it’s a good investment that gives you peace of mind, allowing you to concentrate on helping students succeed. Here’s why:

  • It includes liability protection, which pays legal or medical bills if you are sued by someone who tripped and got hurt at your home, if your dog bit someone, or for damage to others from a fire that started in your unit
  • It provides living expenses if you’re evacuated or while your place is repaired or rebuilt after a fire or flooding from a broken water pipe
  • It covers personal items damaged or stolen from your vehicle (after the deductible)
  • It pays for items stolen while traveling or on vacation

The liability limits of your policy also extend into the classroom.

Renters insurance does so much to protect you and your possessions that it’s hard to imagine not having it. However, 60 percent of renters are taking a risk and doing without this important protection.

They either think their landlord’s insurance will cover their possessions (it doesn’t), they don’t think they have enough items to protect, or that it costs too much.

Imagine the cost if you had to replace everything you owned because of a fire or break-in. Renters insurance will pay for living expenses and will help replace teaching materials, your mattress and bedding, stereo equipment, computers, other electronics, and all the pots, pans, silverware and other things in the kitchen.

If you’re on a tight budget, it’s possible to reduce premiums by choosing a slightly higher deductible, being a nonsmoker, and having security devices, sprinkler systems and fire extinguishers. In many cases, the savings from simply bundling with your auto insurance will pay for your renters insurance.

Another way to save is to make a comprehensive inventory of all the things you own, so you will only pay for what you need. Having that inventory will also help speed up a claim if something bad happens. California Casualty has an easy to read inventory guide for you to use.

When you weigh the value, having renters insurance just makes sense. Find out how little renters insurance costs, and how much it covers; call a California Casualty advisor today at 1.800.800.9410 or visit www.calcas.com/NEA.

California Casualty also has educator specific professional information and numerous resources for you, like a moving guide checklist, at our blog, https://mycalcas.com.

While you’re looking into renters insurance, don’t forget to enter California Casualty’s “Wherever Your Journey Takes You…We’ll Be There” Sweepstakes at www.winajourney.com. A lucky educator will win a 2018 Dodge Journey.

This article furnished by California Casualty, founded in 1914 and serving the needs of educators since 1951. (California Casualty has been servicing IEA members since 1988!) California Casualty is the only auto and home insurance company to earn the trust and endorsement of the NEA. As a result, NEA members qualify for exceptional rates, deductibles waived for vandalism or collisions to your vehicle parked at school, holiday or summer skip payment plans and free Identity Defense protection – exclusive benefits not available to the general public. Learn how to save by getting a quote at www.neamb.com/autohome, or by calling 1.800.800.9410.

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Hot Deals and Discounts from NEA Member Benefits

Getting ready for the new school year involves more than just stocking the supply closet! Check out deals on apparel, backpacks, footwear, electronic devices, and more! NEA Click & Save, the online discount buying service for NEA members, highlights select retailers and merchants each month. Check out these featured “Buy-lights” for September!

 

  • Old Navy: Find stylish clothing at reasonable prices for adults and kids alike! Save up to 20% off sale merchandise. Get free shipping on orders of $100 or more, and earn 1X WOWPoints.
  • eBags: Shop the world’s largest online retailer of backpacks, luggage, and travel accessories. Get up to 40% off and earn 4X WOWPoints on your purchase. Plus, get free shipping on orders of $49 or more.
  • Reebok: Outfit yourself for work or play with high-quality and durable clothing and footwear from Reebok. Save up to 50% on sale items, earn 4X WOWPoints, and get free shipping on orders of $49 or more.
  • Samsung: Think beyond cell phones, TVs and appliances and consider Samsung’s other high-tech electronics and digital media including tablets, laptops and watches. Get up to 50% off on current deals and earn 2X WOWPoints on your purchase.
  • Calendars.com: Get organized for the new school year! Peruse the world’s largest inventory of wall calendars, desk pads, and planners. Save up to 75% off select calendars and earn 5X WOWPoints on your order.
  • Office Depot: Need school supplies? Check out daily deals and save up to 50%. Earn 2X WOWPoints on your order.

 

Be sure to check C&S often for unadvertised, limited time offers, including discount dining certificates from Restaurant.com. Join the thousands of NEA members already registered for NEA Click & Save. Go to www.neamb.com/clickandsave or http://www.neamb.com/shopping-discounts/nea-click-and-save-retail-discounts.htm and start saving today!

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WELCOME TO THE 2018-19 SCHOOL YEAR

From National Education Association and Idaho Education Association Member Benefits, welcome to the beginning of another school year.  Your dedication to educating America’s next generation is greatly appreciated by your professional organization, from the national to the local levels.

 

NEA Member Benefits is proud to offer all kinds of  “starting the school year” resources that will be valuable to you personally and professionally.  Looking for classroom resources?  We have some for you.  Wellness resources, shopping resources, financial resources?  Likewise.  Visit the NEA Member Benefits website (neamb.com) to learn more.  There is also information about limited time offers you might want to check out.

 

Monthly, during the school year, you will be receiving another edition of this electronic newsletter from IEA Member Benefits (ieamemberbenefits.org) that will bring to you information about the benefits available to you because you are an IEA/NEA member.  Plus, you will receive some valuable tips. Be sure to think about taking advantage.

 

Once again, WELCOME BACK!!

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