First Week Reflections

Talking and Listening Chairs


As I look back on this past week, I realize that I spent very little time teaching curriculum and more time working on life skills. I have two choices at this point. I could think, “Oh wow, I’m really far behind!” or “I’ve made a huge investment that I hope will pay off in the […]

Keeping It All in Perspective – Teaching Really is a Far-Reaching Profession


As teachers and former students ourselves, we know the impact that we can have on students. One just has to think about “” or think back to our impressions of our own past teachers to realize how distinct and ingrained our memories really are. As we embark on another (or perhaps the first) year in […]

Celebrating Our Year


We often think that the last two months of school will be all about reflection and reviewing, yet with so many other demands outside of the classroom – our last weeks can feel rushed and frantic. Teachers are often asked to think about planning for the following year, before they can fully complete the one […]

Building Inclusion through Oral Communication Activities


In the Core French classroom, building inclusion is a must. Students will only feel comfortable participating in an environment of tolerance, security and where they are not afraid of risk. In this type of atmosphere, creativity flourishes and learning French becomes interactive and a more authentic experience. I usually start with simple short dialogues involving […]

Surviving beyond the First Week – the Beauty of a Well-Crafted Seating Plan


As a rotary teacher dealing with up to 180 students, building inclusion is naturally a different process than in a homeroom classroom. Establishing a rapport is definitely fundamental however, I have found that this goes hand in hand with effective classroom management. Eliminating the problem of constant chatting amongst groups of friends can go a […]

Go Slow, Go Deep


Like Roz and Sangeeta, I have returned to the classroom after working for seven years in a number of board and faculty professional learning positions. I found the work I did outside the classroom rewarding.  I was privileged to be a guest in 100s of teachers’ classrooms where I was inspired and motivated by the […]

Choice in the learning environment


Returning to the classroom after working at a central level for 6 years has been an awesome experience so far…I feel like a beginning teacher all over again! One of the interesting questions that I thought about when planning my first week had to do with choice: how do we know when to involve our […]

Starting Anew


Every school year is an opportunity for a new start for all teachers. Whether it is getting to know new students, new staff and teaching partners, or even a new classroom. This September I am experiencing all three, and after the first week of school I am just beginning to reflect on all the change. […]

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