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Line Up AND Learn Some Math!

luanne_general[1]“SHE CUT ME!”

I heard that a number of times when students were lining up in my classroom. One of the worst possible crimes in elementary school is when a student cuts in line! Oh my! Other crimes while lining up were pushing, crowding, elbowing, complaining, name calling, etc.

It is tough to get 25 young children to line up quickly and peacefully. Soooo I developed the Stand-On Footprints to help students line up.



The footprints give a specific spot to put feet. While standing, there are many math skills available for incidental learning. The top left corner has the numeral and the number word in English. The top right corner has the numeral and the number word in Spanish. Between the feet are the ordinal number and ordinal number word in English. Below the ordinal number word is the number in Roman Numerals. At the bottom of the page is the number represented in dots. The Stand-On Footprints also have a color pattern: blue, green, blue, green….  Whew, this one piece of paper is full of math concepts!

I taught ordinal numbers using the stand-on prints. “Bob, stand in 4th place. Sue, stand in 8th place, etc.” While waiting in line, my students kept busy looking at the numerals below, number words, and counting dots. It simplified lining up AND my students learned additional math skills in the process.

If you have a class that needs high structure, give each student an assigned number. Students will not have to jostle around to find a spot. You can spend less time directing and correcting students and spend more time reinforcing positive behavior and teaching math concepts.

Simply print out Stand-On Footprints on a color printer, laminate, and tape to the floor. There are many different types of decorative duct tape available at your local home store. I find sticking the tape to your clothing before sticking to the floor lets you remove the tape without leaving residue. Decorate your floor, improve your students’ math skills and reduce conflicts in line with Stand-On Footprints!


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Today, teachers face enormous pressure to raise test scores. We feel like we never have enough time to get to all our content. You can gain more time to teach content by mastering the skills listed below! This list of skills is essential to a well run classroom. Take the year to work on this…just work on a couple at a time so you can truly master the skill.

Download a teacher-friendly copy here.

Good luck, LuAnne



Your district has many expert teachers. We encourage you to seek out these experts and learn their technique. If you are not sure who the expert is, ask your mentor, your administrator, or your peers.

As you observe/interview,

• Make note of what the expert does.

• How can you modify that technique to suit your style?

• How effectively are you implementing it?

In your building/district, WHO is the best with…

…using humor well while teaching?

…using transitions in the classroom and throughout the building?

…teaching classroom routines well?

…motivating students in class?

…greeting students as they arrive each morning/each class period?

…giving tons of positive feedback to students (maintains at least a 6:1 positive/negative ratio of interaction)?

…actively supervising throughout the instructional activity?

…having clear, positively stated and posted classroom behavior expectations?

…managing minor rule violations quickly and discretely?

…precorrecting predictable student problem behaviors?

…managing major rule violations?

…utilizing peer tutors?

…managing homework?

…providing specific feedback after analyzing student work?

…using bell ringer activities or flashback review?

…posting academic/learning objective for each lesson/period?

…implementing active student engagement techniques?

…managing instructional time efficiently and effectively?

…using various levels of questioning?

…using a unique strategy to stimulate learning?

…using multiple learning styles in teaching?

…challenging the gifted learner?

…assessing using various assessment styles?

…preparing well developed lesson plans?

…checking students for content mastery continuously?

…helping underachieving students?

…collaborating/co-teaching well?

…working with the learner with special learning needs?

…writing/implementing open response questions?

…writing/implementing on-demand prompts?

…implementing exit slips?

…integrating technology into instruction?

…communicating with parents?

Do you develop weekly lesson plans with your content partner?

Do you analyze student work at least weekly with your content partner?