I know that teachers using Pinterest to get new classroom ideas is SUCH a stereotype, but I'm often quite happy to live up to it. In today's post, I will be writing about one of the best little finds I've come across on Pinterest for Junior/Intermediate students. The strategy is what I (and many other … Continue reading Morning Messages: How I Use Them and Why I Love Them
Happy Friday! If you've read my recent posts, you will know that I am LOVING having the chance to read for fun again this summer, and that I almost instantly fell in love with the "Wonder" book series. In addition to the two novels, I also read "365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne's Book of … Continue reading The Power of Precepts (+More on how “Wonder” Impacted me)
Although I would not describe myself as a Visual Arts expert by any means, this past practicum block allowed me to become more confident in my abilities to teach Art to a group of students. My Associate Teacher and I decided that it would be fun to integrate Visual Arts with the 4 elements poetry … Continue reading Awesome Art Ideas: What Worked Well during my Practicum
Out of everything I had an opportunity to teach over my Winter practicum block, some of my favourite (and most successful!) lessons were my Literacy lessons which incorporated aspects of the Gradual Release of Responsibility Model. In the first half of my placement, my Associate Teacher asked if I could start a Poetry Writing unit … Continue reading Some Poetry Ideas: My Favourite Lessons from Practicum
Why would I want to use an iPad? Students: Make reading and writing tasks much easier by using the text-to-speech and voice dictation software that comes available and ready-to-use on your iPad. Treat Siri as your own personal assistant! Talk to your iPad’s built-in software that responds to every one of your voice commands, and … Continue reading iPads and Chromebooks and Smartpens, oh my!
As a whole, my alternative practicum was an invaluable learning experience, and in my opinion, the sheer variety of assistive technology available to students, and the efforts being made by major companies to make the support systems as universally accessible as possible is unbelievable. I will admit: I used to be incredibly intimidated by the … Continue reading Computers and Assistive Technology: What’s out there for students?
Because students with ADHD and/or learning disabilities are considered an at-risk group, and I recently wrapped up my alternative practicum with the Learning Disabilities Association, I decided it would be a good idea to share some of the resources and documents that I have been working on over the past few weeks. Much of this … Continue reading An Overview of Assistive Technology