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Got your cup of coffee? Great! I've set up the Teacher's Room as a place where we can swap simple and quick teaching ideas, tips, techniques and suggestions to maximize our effectiveness in the classroom.

Also, you can post questions, comments, or offer to help another teacher who may be struggling with a difficulty. My hope is that we can help one another out, offer great suggestions, and solve one another's problems if and when they come up.

I'll start by posting an idea that worked well in my freshmen English Language Arts class. Read my idea below, and use the form below my idea to comment on it! I will post your comment shortly after reading it!

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If you have another idea that's unrelated or a question or problem you need solved by other knowledgeable teachers, post it in that same form, and your questions will be answered here on this page.

Using the "C.H.I.P" System for Offering Extra Credit

An easy way to offer your students extra credit points on tests, quizzes, or any assignments you give, is to implement an easy-to-track system known as the C.H.I.P. program.

This is what C.H.I.P. stands for:

C. Caught

H. Helping,

I. Improving, or

P. Participating

Prominently display a poster in your classroom that explains this acronym. Have a bowl of plastic chips in your desk drawer (poker chips, or something resembling them from an arts and crafts store) work very well. Keep some in your pocket too, for easy distribution when students are "caught" doing the above.

In other words, they earn a plastic chip for naturally helping others, improving, and or participating - not for acting like they're doing so as you happen to walk by!

Allow students to redeem their earned chips for extra credit points on assignments, prizes in your prize box (if you have younger students) or snacks if you run a snack store within your room.

It may help to keep a small notebook in your desk to write down to whom you awarded chips each day, in case they are lost, stolen, or swapped for various reasons among students! :)

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