Hello there! As a teacher, I feel as though it is crucial not only to create a classroom space where students feel happy and excited to come to school each day, but one in which students feel comfortable with one another, and where they feel safe to express themselves as individuals. Here are a few … Continue reading Tips to Foster a Classroom Community
Happy Saturday!! If you saw one of my earlier posts, you will know that one of my top missions as a teacher is to reach every student. Today, I wanted to share a few ideas/strategies for making this goal a reality. Ensure that all of your students are set up for success: At the start … Continue reading Reaching all Students
Happy Valentine's Day! I thought it would be fun to share some ideas I have for Valentine's festivities for my future students, as well as a couple of crafts/activities that I have seen being used successfully in schools already. These can be adapted for nearly every grade level, so hopefully you get some inspiration from … Continue reading Fun Valentine’s Day Activities!
Hello there! Today, I wanted to switch gears a little bit and talk about planning. More specifically, about a model for unit planning that was presented to me in my Social Studies course at Teachers' Colleges that I personally feel is a wonderful strategy. As an acronym, it can be referred to as the "KDB … Continue reading A Unit Planning Model that I Love!
Hello! I hope you're having a great start to your week. I've talked about several different classroom management strategies on my blog in the past, but today, I thought I would share a few of my beliefs from which these strategies stem. Classroom Management should be Preventive Whenever Possible: As oppose to being reactionary in … Continue reading My Personal Classroom Management Philosophy
As a supply teacher, I am always looking for new Daily Physical Activity (DPA) games to help keep students engaged and participating during Gym classes. The following games that I've come across recently are best suited for Primary students (Grades 1-3), but I feel they could work with Grades 4 and 5 as well. Clothes … Continue reading A Few Fun D.P.A. Activities for Young Students
Happy Friday everyone! Today, I wanted to reflect upon the past month, and share with you three of my most-used classroom management techniques in January. I hope you find them helpful! Call-and-response: This has been one of my favourite ways to get students' attention for years, for a couple of good reasons. First, it never … Continue reading Classroom Management: My 3 Go-To’s in January
Hello there! If you've read any of my previous posts, you probably know that I have many, many goals for myself as a teacher. Today, I thought it would be fun to put several of them in one post. Create a safe and inclusive classroom environment: This one is by far one of the most … Continue reading 10 of My Top Missions as a Teacher
Hi there! Today I want to talk about a very popular instructional strategy with teachers all over the world: group work. Group work can be a fantastic way to teach students valuable collaboration and communication skills, and it is a way to ensure that your interpersonal learners are given a chance to shine. There are … Continue reading Go-To Group Work Strategies
Hi everyone! As January is winding down, I thought it would be fun to talk about some of the ways I have upped my organizational game in the new year. I'll be talking about strategies and tips, as well as some of my favourite items to use to keep my busy and unpredictable supply teaching … Continue reading How I Stay Organized as a Teacher