Daily Physical Activity: When, How and Why?

I’ve been thinking a lot about DPA lately. We are required to provide our students with 20 minutes of physical activity on days when they don’t have physical education. Many times, this time is used as an extra 20 minutes outside before recess or time playing movement games on the smart board inside. It’s become […]

Mathematical Mindsets

At my school, a grade three teacher started a book club where we all chose a math book and we read it and meet every three weeks. The book that at least ten of the teachers chose is called “Mathematical mindsets” by Jo Boaler. This is a must read for all math teachers worldwide. By […]

Emotions, Context and the Reluctant Writer

One of the biggest challenges I face is getting my students to enjoy and take risks with writing. Too often they get bogged down with the fear of not knowing what to write or nervous about experimenting with vocabulary they do not know how to spell. There are two critical approaches I take in helping […]

For Earth Day – A Chance for Environmental Custodians to Show What They Know

Knowing that I have a worm composter in my kindergarten classroom, two girls (grades 1 and 2) came up to me last week as they walked in from recess holding a bucket of earthworms. A bucket. Full of worms. They asked me if they could join these worms with the ones in my classroom, and […]

The stretch

It’s April. Phew! We made it through Winter.  It’s official because geese are honking on the playground. There’s more daylight, the snow is not staying on the ground, and my classroom is buzzing from the promise of Spring. Students’ activity levels are coming to life as the weather warms; even though, they’re prohibited from using the grass(mud/chance for grass […]

Drama in the Classroom: The Good Kind

When thinking of drama as a subject in our curriculum, it is easy to think of it only as a skill that can be learned and mastered. There are a lot of fundamental concepts that we teach – role play, character, relationship, time and place, tension, focus and emphasis. Our students love creating scripts, making […]

Lessons In Uganda

I have been fortunate enough to be on a two week secondment with CTF in Uganda Africa. This is my sixth visit to Africa and first to Uganda. I am working with a partner who is very knowledgeable on many countries of Africa and has spent a lifetime working in various capacities on the continent. Our purpose is in mobilizing communities to […]

Giving Mindfulness a Go

I’ve always been impressed with stories of teachers using meditation and/or mindfulness in their classrooms, helping their students to calm their minds and grasp strategies for self-regulation in a way that most people are too busy to attempt. Thinking that it should be something I set up at the beginning of the school year, I […]

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