Classroom, Elementary, Junior High, Resources, school

Mega List of 71 Things All Teachers Need From Amazon

Okay, the worst part about Amazon is that I'm afriad Jeff Bezos will take over the world. BUT, the best is that you can basically find anything, for a good price, and it will show up the next day. So, that kinda tips the scales for me. I find this particularly helpful when I realize… Continue reading Mega List of 71 Things All Teachers Need From Amazon

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13 Innovative Ways to Use Checklists to Organize Your Classroom and Tasks

I don’t know about you, but there are a bunch of things I do all the time, but not consistently enough to remember everything that needs to be done every time the task rolls around again. This happens all the time outside of the classroom with things like packing, re-threading my sewing machine, or making… Continue reading 13 Innovative Ways to Use Checklists to Organize Your Classroom and Tasks

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KIAT Book Club: Classrooms That Work Ch. 11

Well folks, we’ve come to the last chapter in Classrooms That Work. This is a short chapter which talks about important things teachers should focus on outside of classroom instruction and set up. They speak of these as “things worth fighting for”, and indeed they are. Integrating food programs for students is something spoken about… Continue reading KIAT Book Club: Classrooms That Work Ch. 11

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KIAT Book Club: Classrooms That Work Chapters 8-10

I decided to lump chapters eight through ten together because they all illustrate how a typical day would run utilizing the strategies discussed in the book. Chapter eight focuses on a kindergarten classroom, chapter nine on a primary classroom, and chapter ten on an intermediate classroom. Instead of simply focusing on one of these chapters,… Continue reading KIAT Book Club: Classrooms That Work Chapters 8-10

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KIAT Book Club: Classrooms That Work Ch. 7

Chapter seven talks about with how to specifically deal with struggling students in classrooms. It offers good insight into how to create activities and programs which target improving the skills of these students without drawing attention to their difficulties in class. Thus, they won’t feel targeted and their classmates won’t suspect they are receiving different… Continue reading KIAT Book Club: Classrooms That Work Ch. 7

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KIAT Book Club: Classrooms That Work Ch. 3

In the last two chapters of Classrooms That Work, we've discussed what doesn't work and strategies to garner kids' enthusiasm for reading. This chapter discusses comprehension and how to teach students to actually think about what they're reading. Sure enough, I see very often that kids have had phonics drilled into them and know letter… Continue reading KIAT Book Club: Classrooms That Work Ch. 3

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KIAT Book Club: Classrooms That Work Ch. 2

Chapter Two in Classrooms That Work is all about reading and writing. Titled Reading and Writing Real “Things”, one of the first sentences which struck me was: “[c]hildren who are successful at becoming literate view reading and writing as authentic activities from which they get information and pleasure, and by which they communicate with others.”… Continue reading KIAT Book Club: Classrooms That Work Ch. 2

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KIAT Book Club: Classrooms That Work Ch. 1

We recently underwent a huge remodel of our school library and had to get rid of bunch of resources that were being under-utilized. It was bittersweet as our library no longer has some excellent books, but teachers also got to take their pick of what they wanted to keep for themselves and I made out… Continue reading KIAT Book Club: Classrooms That Work Ch. 1

Art, Elementary

Tissue Paper Leaves

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

Art, Classroom, Elementary

Grade 4 Art Class: Mittens!

The Winter makes me want to curl up in a blanket and eat stew and weep all day long. I am not a fan. However, I am a grown woman with a job and responsibilities, so instead of being a useless ball of sadness, I have my grade 4s make winter-themed crafts and it cheers me… Continue reading Grade 4 Art Class: Mittens!