Book Club, Curriculum

KIAT Book Club: The Differentiated Classroom Ch. 1

It's been a long while since I've posted and I thought it only right to begin with a new book. I've just begun The Differentiated Classroom by Carol Ann Tomlinson (I'm obsessed with differentiation and various ways to implement it). The book is nice and skinny with ten short chapters, so I'm excited to dive… Continue reading KIAT Book Club: The Differentiated Classroom Ch. 1

Art, Curriculum, Elementary

Make Your Own Dinosaur!

I like to try my hardest to combine Art with what we're learning about in other subjects. It can sometimes be challenging, and other times not so much. Either way, the kids love making art, so integrating it with other subjects can really help them to remember certain important points. This time around was one… Continue reading Make Your Own Dinosaur!

Book Club, Curriculum

KIAT Book Club: Differentiation in Practice Ch. 6

Well friends, we've come to the last chapter in Differentiation in Practice by Carol Ann Tomlinson and Caroline Cunningham Eidson. This chapter brings us back to English Language Arts and focuses on literature circles. To be more specific, it's a unit designed to introduce students to literature circles. As a new elementary teacher, I have… Continue reading KIAT Book Club: Differentiation in Practice Ch. 6

Book Club, Curriculum

KIAT Book Club: Differentiation in Practice Ch. 5

Oh my goodness! How excited was I to finish chapter four in Differentiation in Practice, flip the page, and discover chapter five was another math unit?! It's hard to tell when someone is being sarcastic on the Internet, so let me tell you I am being absolutely sincere. As I mentioned in chapter four, math… Continue reading KIAT Book Club: Differentiation in Practice Ch. 5

Book Club, Curriculum

KIAT Book Club: Differentiation in Practice Ch. 4

Unit four in Differentiation in Practice by Carol Ann Tomlinson and Caroline Cunningham Eidson is a Math unit titled The World of Geometry. I was very excited about reading this chapter as I find Math the biggest struggle for me to teach. I'm a trained high school English teacher so elementary math is still something… Continue reading KIAT Book Club: Differentiation in Practice Ch. 4

Book Club, Curriculum

KIAT Book Club: Differentiation in Practice Ch. 3

We've come to a Social Studies unit in Differentiation in Practice. The unit is titles We're ¬†All in It Together and is all about needs, wants, and community helpers. I'm a fan of this particular unit because I find there are lessons which I can pull out and use, not just in Social Studies, but… Continue reading KIAT Book Club: Differentiation in Practice Ch. 3

Book Club, Curriculum, Elementary

KIAT Book Club: Differentiation in Practice Ch.1

Hello everyone! We finished up Classrooms That Work a couple weeks back and I've been so sad without a book for book club! It's left a bit of a void in my life, so I've picked a new one! It's another from my school's old library and I think it's going to be a very… Continue reading KIAT Book Club: Differentiation in Practice Ch.1

Curriculum, Elementary

Teaching Roald Dahl’s “The Witches”

What's everyone's favourite Roald Dahl book? It's hard, I know, because they're all perfection on a page. I've spent years reading and re-reading and teaching all of his novels and short stories and have finally decided that "The Witches" is my favourite. It's especially fun to teach and read aloud just to do the voice… Continue reading Teaching Roald Dahl’s “The Witches”

Book Club, Curriculum

KIAT Book Club: Becoming a Better Teacher Ch. 9

Chapter nine in Becoming a Better Teacher is basically a summative conclusion. No new information is introduced so, to be totally honest, there's not much I can say about it. In case the reader has forgotten, the chapter discusses what was brought up in the first eight chapters and it poses the question: "what does… Continue reading KIAT Book Club: Becoming a Better Teacher Ch. 9

Curriculum, Junior High

The Hunger Games in the Classroom

I read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins for the first time about five years ago when I assigned it to a group of students for a group study project. I ended up falling in love with the book myself and recently decided to re-read it on account of the soon-to-be-released film and the fact… Continue reading The Hunger Games in the Classroom