Supporting English Language Learners

After reading a timely post by Cult of Pedagogy's Jennifer Gonzalez entitled "12 Ways to Support English Learners in the Mainstream Classroom," I wanted to learn more about how the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) welcomes and supports English Language Learners to their schools.  The OCSB's website is excellent, and they have links to various... Continue Reading →

Ottawa Forest & Nature School

For my final three-week placement in the Teacher Education program, I had the opportunity to work with the teachers and students at Forest and Nature School in Ottawa’s Greenbelt. This program is offered through the Child & Nature Alliance of Canada, which supports educators in developing play-based learning in nature as part of their practice,... Continue Reading →

Top Tips for Play-Based Learning in Nature

The best advice I got from a seasoned Forest School educator was to continually ask myself: what is the reason behind what I’m doing or saying? This is a pivotal question for teaching in general, as it forces us to reflect on our role as teachers. Learning when to step in and when to take... Continue Reading →

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QR Code Treasure Hunt

During my practicum in a grade 8 classroom, my associate teacher shared various techniques for increasing student engagement during math problem-solving. One such technique allowed students to use their own devices to scan QR codes that were posted around the classroom and hallways. By scanning the QR codes, students were able to access multiple different questions and... Continue Reading →

Applying principles to teaching

Throughout the course PED 3139 Creating Healthy, Safe and Supportive Learning Environments, we explored strategies and practices to build intentional learning communities that foster positive behaviour. This was accomplished by addressing the learning objectives listed below, which were used as a framework for the course (Orders, "Course Overview"). Learning objectives: Co-create authentic learning communities Recognize the connection between healthy communities... Continue Reading →

Beyond the classroom

Social justice club (CHEO fundraiser): grade 6 students, led by the school's social justice club, created hand-crafted items to raffle off as a Christmas fundraiser for CHEO.   Christmas wrapping challenge: students in grade 5 and 6 classes came together for a group Christmas wrapping challenge where they could each only use one hand to... Continue Reading →

Anchor charts

Anchor charts are created with students using chart paper and markers (or a white board/ SMARTboard) to convey the most important or relevant aspects of a concept. This keeps learning readily accessible to the students, creates a visible cue that triggers prior learning, and allows them to make connections to future learning. Anchor charts in... Continue Reading →

Flexible learning environment

Flexible learning environments are created when students work with the teacher to design and create a classroom environment that provides learning spaces that work best for them (e.g. variety of seating options, flexible bookshelves, collaborative group tables, large carpet, space for standing). This not only empowers students with a choice in how they learn, but... Continue Reading →

Learning centres

Learning centres, also referred to as literacy and/or math work stations, are designed to give students the opportunity to practice what they have been learning through independent exploration at their own pace.

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