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 →

EdInnovation 2016: Ottawa Bilingual Summit

In an effort to support teacher candidates in their commitment as innovators in education, the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Education sponsored several registrations for this year's EdInnovation 2016 Ottawa Bilingual Summit. I was fortunate enough to be chosen to attend, and what a weekend it was! Below I've documented some of the highlights  in... Continue Reading →

Sketch it out

Visual learning has many benefits, especially in the classroom. Sketching and drawing in particular can be used to develop students’ skills in observation, literacy, and creativity. By sketching, students not only learn how to represent and visually communicate their ideas, they also draw on background knowledge to meaningfully connect their ideas to the real world.... 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 →


Kahoot is a tool to create, play and share learning games for any subject. Learning games can be created (by teacher or student) from multiple choice questions, and students then answer the questions on their own technology devices while the game is displayed on the SMARTboard. Kahoot quizzes can be used as a check-in to... Continue Reading →

Graphic organizers in the classroom

Graphic organizers or key visuals are visual displays of subject matter content that focus on how knowledge is organized. They visually demonstrate connections and relationships between key ideas or concepts using labels, arrows, boxes, etc. Key visuals help students to develop content understanding and language skills. Graphic organizers have a variety of applications for guiding... Continue Reading →

Foldable Fun!

Foldables are an excellent way to help students organize and visualize their learning, especially in science. They can take the form of: Mini books Shutter-fold books Layered books Four-door books Three-tab books Index tab books ...and many, many, MANY more! Dinah Zike offers resources and professional development on the use of foldables in education, and her "Big Book... Continue Reading →

The truth about bogs

As my master's thesis focused on an examination of methane emissions at an ombrotrophic bog here in Ottawa (Mer Bleue), I am all too familiar with some of the common misconceptions surrounding the notion of bogs. When you hear the word "bog," most people envision a foul-smelling, flooded area that would be a great setting... Continue Reading →

Picturebooks for teaching science

This beautifully illustrated picturebook, A Rock is Lively, is an excellent introduction to the topic of rocks and minerals, which is part of Ontario's Grade 4 Science and Technology Curriculum under the Understanding Earth and Space Systems strand. The book addresses Overall expectation 3 to "demonstrate an understanding of the physical properties of rocks and minerals" (Ontario Ministry of Education, 2007).... Continue Reading →

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