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 →

Parent engagement

An important focus of this year's summer numeracy program was to increase parent engagement at each site over the course of the three weeks. Each site employed a variety of creative strategies to ensure that families were learning together at summer numeracy. In addition to daily greeting and sharing of success stories with parents upon pick up and drop off, our... Continue Reading →

Building bridges through collaboration

To kick off the second week at Summer Numeracy Camp, we again wanted to challenge our Mathletes with a team-building exercise that required collaboration and communication: building bridges! We began with a simple question: "What does good collaboration look, sound and feel like?" This question generated a great discussion about the skills and attitudes necessary to work... 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 →

Makerspaces

As part of the ‘Maker Movement,’ Makerspaces (or hackerspaces) are physical spaces where students can come together to share, create, invent, network, build and learn. These community environments provide tools that could range from hardware supplies to a 3D printer. While they are often associated with fields such as engineering and computer science, this collaborative... Continue Reading →

Let’s get moving

Movement has been acknowledged as an effective instructional strategy for enhancing procedural memory and improving student behaviour. Simply put, it involves physically engaging learners by including the body in learning experiences. Not only does physical movement increase energy levels and improve mood, it also provides an external stimulus to help students think logically and reinforce... 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 →

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