Differentiation in the Classroom Using Hapara Workspace

Hapara workspace is a technology tool that works wonders in terms of providing opportunities for differentiation in the classroom. Hapara workspaces are online collaborative learning environments where students can work at their own pace through a wide variety of learning tasks. Students are able to review learning goals, access resources, complete individual learning tasks, collaborate... Continue Reading →

Area and perimeter

Activity #1: Tables configurations Our third and final week at numeracy camp focused on area and perimeter, which we introduced using the picture book Spaghetti and Meatballs for All! A Mathematical Story by Marilyn Burns. It is an engaging story that describes a family reunion, where the arrangement of the tables and chairs is constantly changing as more... Continue Reading →

Boats that float!

During the last week of math camp, we challenged our Mathletes to use the construction and math skills that they had been practicing to individually and economically build a boat that would float. The parameters of the challenge were simple: Goal: Using the materials from the list below, design and construct the least expensive boat possible that will float... Continue Reading →

Grade 6 Farewell

This afternoon, I was lucky enough to attend the farewell ceremony for the grade 6 class that I taught during my year 1 practicum. It was a touching collection of speeches, award presentations, and reminiscing for the students, teachers, and family members in the room.  Not only was it special to see the beaming faces of all... Continue Reading →

DIY: Teacher survival kit

Searching for a creative year-end gift for that awesome teacher in your (or your child's) life? Look no further! I was inspired by the 'Teacher Survival Kit' post on a blog called Tried & True (great for crafty things!). This spring, I decided to adapt the tutorial presented on that blog post to create a unique... Continue Reading →

Scientists in school

This week I had the pleasure of participating in a visit from Scientists in School (SiS), which is a Canadian science education charity that brings science workshops to K-8 students. As the grade sixes are working on their biodiversity unit, their workshop focused on the science of classifying organisms. The facilitator briefly reviewed the process of classifying organisms before allowing the students... Continue Reading →

Student as Learner

PED 3142 Inclusive Classrooms was a course that examined how learning takes place in an inclusive classroom setting, and how programming should be developed to best support exceptional learners. By addressing the learning objectives below, we identified potential shortfalls of certain educational activities and explored exemplary teaching strategies and classroom practices (Sheldrick, "Course Overview"). Learning objectives: Develop an understanding... 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 →

Embracing conflict

My grade 6 students introduced me to the fun (and addictive) world of Bitstrips, so I challenged myself to harness my creativity and create a series of Bitstrip scenes! The Bitstrips below depict Alfie Kohn imparting some wisdom to a new teacher candidate about the value and benefit of embracing conflict in the classroom.  ... Continue Reading →

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