Hello, teacher friends! One of my favourite books to use in the class is Louis Sachar's Sideways Stories from Wayside School. I LOVE Louis Sachar's writing and the original Sideways Stories is just SO fun and so funny! I swear, I still love all these silly stories as a grown ass woman. One of the… Continue reading Simple Ideas for Teaching Sideways Stories from Wayside School
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!
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
I am not a winter person. Every winter I forget just how cold and dark it is and how much I wait for (and countdown to) Spring. So today I'm going to post about a Spring craft I did last year with my kids to try to brighten my own mood, and maybe someone else's… Continue reading Let’s Pretend It’s Spring
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”
It's September, so here in Calgary it's already Fall and we've got about eight days until it's Winter. Time to work on the Autumn themed crafts before they seem horribly misplaced with three feet of snow right outside. Hey, it's also the beginning of the school year for the majority of teachers and students, so… Continue reading Tissue Paper Leaves
A few months ago, a co-worker of mine stumbled upon a Mini Office made by Kristen Vibas on Teachers Pay Teachers (my Heaven!). She forwarded it to me because she thought my students could benefit from it, and I am hugely grateful that she did! The office itself was created for English Language Learners, but… Continue reading Mini Office
Does anyone else use the PAX Good Behaviour Game in their classrooms? It comes from the PAXIS Institute and our school is one in our district which have begun using it on a trial basis. I will admit that I was skeptical at first as to how well it would work; but I've found it… Continue reading PAX Good Behaviour Game
The best part about teaching fourth grade is getting to teach about fossils in Social Studies (Alberta's history). When I introduce the unit, I have the kids do a fun activity which allows them to get moving and access prior knowledge and lets me assess what they already know (and thus their learning at the end… Continue reading What is Palaeontology?
I teach in a specialized program at a school specifically for students with diagnosed Learning Disabilities. Accordingly, the majority of them are visual, hands-on learners. I am always trying to find ways in which they can get up and move, create, and see their own learning. In Science, the unit we're working through right now… Continue reading What Can Light Shine Through?