Classroom, Curriculum, Elementary, school

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

Elementary, ell, High School, Junior High

6 Things Teachers Can Do to Support Expanding English Language Learners

When our English language learners teach the expanding stage, we often feel they’re strong enough to work independently and do the same (or almost the same) work as their native English peers. However, there is still a lot of learning and growth they have to do, especially around academic language and course content. Here are… Continue reading 6 Things Teachers Can Do to Support Expanding English Language Learners

Curriculum, Elementary, ell, High School, Junior High, school

7 Things Teachers Can Do to Support Developing ELL Students

Developing English language learners have enough foundational language skills to fictions fairly well in the classroom. However, they still need supports, especially around academic vocabulary, language conventions, and new concepts and content. Here are some of my favourite ways teachers can explicitly support developing English language learners.language conventions: PROVIDE EXAMPLES OF FINISHED WORK Students at… Continue reading 7 Things Teachers Can Do to Support Developing ELL Students

Classroom, Curriculum, Elementary, High School, Junior High, school

Tips for Helping Students to Follow a Plan

I’m sure we’ve all had students who have had very high aspirations and want to do well, but when push comes to shove, they lack follow-through and/or don’t know where to begin. It’s really important in these instances to teach students how to effectively follow a plan. Perhaps these kiddos are very distracted, get anxious,… Continue reading Tips for Helping Students to Follow a Plan

Classroom, Curriculum, Elementary, High School, Junior High, school

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

Classroom, Curriculum, Elementary, High School, Junior High

How to Effectively Differentiate Content in Your Classroom

When we talk about differentiation in the classroom, there are quite a few different things we can and should be altering based on different students’ needs. Primarily, teachers deal with differentiating content, process, product, and environment. There are extremely effective ways to differentiate all of these areas, and teachers generally use an assortment of these… Continue reading How to Effectively Differentiate Content in Your Classroom

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KIAT Book Club: Differentiation in Practice Ch. 2

Well friends, we've reached our second chapter in Carol Ann Tomlinson and Caroline Cunningham Eidson's Differentiation in Practice. The first chapter led us through a Language Arts ABC book unit. This chapter focuses on Science and a unit titled What Plants Need. This is nice for me because my fourth grade curriculum has a final… Continue reading KIAT Book Club: Differentiation in Practice Ch. 2

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

Book Club

KIAT Book Club: Classrooms That Work Ch. 6

Hello again! We’ve made it to chapter six in Classrooms That Work! Discussed briefly in the previous chapter was incorporating subjects such as Science and Social Studies into reading. Here, our chapter is titled “Science and Social Studies Matter to Struggling Readers” and follows the path one would expect; talking about the importance of subjects… Continue reading KIAT Book Club: Classrooms That Work Ch. 6

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KIAT Book Club: Classrooms That Work Ch. 5

Guess what?! We’ve reached the inevitable phonics chapter in Classrooms That Work! We all knew it had to come; the chapter all about what the book itself has had enough of. Of course, the book has not been telling us phonics is useless in itself; it’s been telling us that the way in which so… Continue reading KIAT Book Club: Classrooms That Work Ch. 5