This month's Teaching Tip comes from Jumbo Book of Teacher Tips and Timesavers.
A sponge activity is something that teachers give students to work on as they come into the room or to keep the students busy while the teacher takes care of necessary business like taking attendance, getting the lunch count, or collecting notes and homework. Sponge activities are also useful during transition periods when the teacher needs to help several students or to nudge someone into finishing. They are the activities or assignments that are made to “soak up” those wasted minutes when students may otherwise get out of control.
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