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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Helping hands

As math camp involves many activities, including snack time, there is lots to do inside and outside the classroom to keep everything running smoothly. Inspired by the systems at some of the other summer numeracy sites, I created this 'Helping Hands' chart so our Mathletes are always aware of how they'll be helping out for the day.... 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 →

Reader’s Theatre

Reader’s Theatre is a strategy where a group of students reads a script after having rehearsed it. It is used to build reading fluency, so Reader’s Theatre does not involve the use of memorization, props, costumes or staging. Rather, students are encouraged to rehearse the script so that they perform it naturally. Teachers, students or other... Continue Reading →

Observe, question, infer

The Observe, Question, Infer (OQI) Chart is a strategy used to help students organize and articulate what they know (observation), what they wonder (question), and what they infer (inference) based on a text or image. This strategy has many potential applications for both individual and group work. At an individual level, it could be used... 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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