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13 Awesome Ideas for Class Body Breaks

Not only do kids need body breaks, so do we! I find the best way to get kids really invested in moving (especially when they start thinking they're too cool for awesome stuff like exercise) is to make it fun. I also always participate myself; if you don't, it makes it seem like only kids… Continue reading 13 Awesome Ideas for Class Body Breaks

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10 Tips for Teaching a Split Grade Class

When I was still teaching in elementary, June and September always held a lot of stress for me. How many students are registered? How many will register over the summer? Do we have enough for straight grade classes? Is the universe on my side, or does it feel like throwing a stressful wrench into my… Continue reading 10 Tips for Teaching a Split Grade Class

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8 Tips to Set-Up Your Classroom with Different Teaching and Working Areas

If I was not a teacher, I think my dream job would be to design teacher classrooms. I swear, I could spend hours and hours at a time perusing Pinterest for different decor ideas, and I just love creating desginated spots in my own classroom for different activities. When you have designated areas in your… Continue reading 8 Tips to Set-Up Your Classroom with Different Teaching and Working Areas

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6 Tools, Strategies, and Tasks for Expanding English Language Learners

Working with expanding English language learners is tons of fun because there’s so much they can still learn, but also so much they’re capable of now that they’ve built up more skills.  By now, students in your classes will have an idea of routines, they should be fairly well adapted to the school, your room,… Continue reading 6 Tools, Strategies, and Tasks for Expanding English Language Learners

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10 Tools, Strategies, and Tasks for Developing English Language Learners

Working with developing English language learners can be difficult. They often seem to be more competent than they actually are because their casual and functional English skills are higher than their academic skills. They can do quite a bit independently, and often they want to, but they still require a lot of extra supports. I’ve… Continue reading 10 Tools, Strategies, and Tasks for Developing English Language Learners

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6 Things Teachers Can Do To Support Emerging ELL Students

Working with emerging English language learners is hard work, but there are a lot of things teachers can do to support these kiddos. Unlike beginning ELL students, emerging students are a bit more settled and have a higher vocabulary. They’ve especially become more comfortable with slang and everyday language. This can be a tricky level… Continue reading 6 Things Teachers Can Do To Support Emerging ELL Students

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Tips for Supporting Students with Low Self-Esteem

Some of the students we see each day have extremely low self-esteem. These kiddos often have a bad habit of putting themselves down a lot. I personally see this quite a bit with students diagnosed with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder. These students often frequently put themselves down and make negative comments about themselves to… Continue reading Tips for Supporting Students with Low Self-Esteem

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Tips for Supporting Students Who Lose Things

Well fellow educators, today I want to chat about something I’m willing to guess we have all experienced. Literally, this is common whether you teach wee little kinders, or grade 12 students who are about to graduate. Students who seem to lose their belongings, their assignments, the tools necessary for class, and so on happens… Continue reading Tips for Supporting Students Who Lose Things

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How to Differentiate the Learning Environment in Your Classroom

I have to start this post off by admitting that I am one of these teachers that scroll Pinterest for hours looking for new and exciting ways to dress up my classroom. Yes, I am that teacher that others hate because I have themed classrooms, labels everywhere, and sayings like “believe in yourself!” all over… Continue reading How to Differentiate the Learning Environment in Your Classroom

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How to Differentiate Process in Your Classroom

Differentiating in the classroom is one of my passions. It is seriously one of my favourite parts about teaching – to get to really know my students and plan specifically for them. I love seeing students succeed and meet their own personal social, academic, or behaviour goals. Of course, when we discuss differentiation, there are… Continue reading How to Differentiate Process in Your Classroom