These are the most important things I've learned in teaching at an alternative high school for the last two years and being in the U.S. Army for 21 years. *Note on #12: Essentially, you get a clean slate with me regardless of your reputation. I'm not going to be prejudiced about you based on other teachers' comments.
great idea: This is one of my FAVORITE classroom management tools!! It can be soooo time consuming to answer the questions...Can we use markers?, Do we turn this in?, Is this a talking activity? I love using these assignment choice signs to answer those questions without me doing the work. Once I give directions for an activity, I quickly place checks and X's by the cards and my students know exactly where to look for the answer.