Try these topics lecturers need again within the classroom!

We all love a good review topic. Maybe it was something you missed teaching, like typing, sewing, or cooking. Or maybe it’s a subject that you fondly remember when you were a student and wish you could teach it today. Here are the subjects our teachers want back in the classroom …


Cooking class and wood shop. I have the best memories of middle school and high school. – Maria P.

Check out: Why your students should swap homework for one night a week cooking and 19 great tips and tools to teach kids sewing and handicrafts

Write in italics

It is an art form that enables self-expression. Once a student has learned the basics, a custom style can lead to variations on a theme! Also good for future genealogists to know that they can interpret old documents until technology can convert digitized documents directly into text. -Viola B.

Check out: Research shows tremendous benefits for learning italic, but most states don’t require it

Graph a sentence

Charting is a tool that helps you understand proper grammar. I was taught to draw diagrams in the 1960s and I use this skill mentally in my daily life. It’s almost subconsciously, second nature. I use it to make sure my work correspondence is clearly understood and sometimes I use it when I receive a communication that is not clear. And it can be taught in a fun way, like solving a puzzle. -Gail M.

How to read an analog clock

Teach kids to read an analog clock! I’m amazed how many high school students can’t tell the time unless a clock is digital. – Heidi R.

Check out: 15 useful practical ways to teach time counting

Formal notes

Scientific (formal) notes. A skill that strengthens reading comprehension, organization / structure, informal shorthand, and self-created study guides. My superiors have never seen or knew that thoughtlessly copying out the sentences in the book were not “notes”. I’ll take care of training them. – Heath L.

Check out: Notes become a lost art. I’ve decided to do something about it


Useful for taking notes. – Kerry C.


Keyboards … my kids spend all day studying online, but no one can type quickly. It slows everything down for them. – Jamie F.

Check out: The 25+ best writing apps for students.

Learn math by heart

Red learning for things like timesheets. It actually frees up memory for more complex operations. Rote worked – not everything has to be entertaining or funny. – Karina D.

Check out: 35 Fun Practical Ways to Teach Multiplication.

Business Mathematics

How to count back the change in one transaction! (And do simple math in your head example: be able to calculate 10% without a calculator.) New math seems to have left many unsuspecting at cash registers. (A cashless society probably didn’t help either.) – Holly D.

Check out: The 21 Best Online Apps and Websites for Learning Money Skills


I loved getting a new geography book and going through it. – Sally J.

Check out: 13 Unexpected and Fun Geography Lessons to Improve Your Curriculum


Learn by heart, then recite poetry. – Sally A.

Check out: 35 inspiring poetry games and activities for children and teenagers.

Baseball spelling bee

The baseball spelling bee was a hit (no pun intended) with junior high level students. I’ll google it to see if a teacher wrote down the rules of the game! – Sarah C.

Measure with a ruler

It blows my head that I have high school students who have no idea how to use a ruler. -Ronda C.

Check out: 20 Smart Ideas for Teaching All Kinds of Measurements.

These are just a few subjects teachers want back in the classroom. If you haven’t added your own, visit our WeAreTeachers Facebook page and add yours!

Also, read how research shows tremendous benefits for learning italics, but most states don’t require it

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