More About Not Reinventing the Wheel…and Being Resourceful

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It is sage advice for us as teachers not to  reinvent the wheel’, and it is so nice when it is followed up with a good idea.  Carmen’s Financial Resource link will go in my ‘back pocket’ of resources to use when in an upper grade, as will many of the ideas and suggestions from […]

Philosophy and Practice of Homework

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Recent posts about assignments and parental involvement had me reflecting on  my own dilemmas about homework assignments and how my philosophy  toward student homework  has  evolved depending on the students, the grade that I am teaching and my own experience.  There are many  factors that can influence the kind of homework students could/should receive, and […]

Parent Teacher Interviews

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Parent teacher interviews are definitely one of the things that I love about my job. To date, I have spent  7 hours a day, for  53 consecutive days (excluding weekends and P.A. days) with these little young people and during parent teacher interviews, I get to speak at depth (at greater depth than  telephone interviews […]

Using Release Time….

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In my last blog post ‘ The Power of Partnership’, I discussed the powerful impact that partnering with a grade team member/mentor has had on my teaching.  I related that my mentor and I have been using common planning time and regular check-ins  to align what is going on in both our classrooms and share […]

The Power of Partnership

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Like Roz and Sangeeta, I too am figuring out ways to strike a balance between work and life amidst the organized chaos of teaching.  Teaching a different grade each year is a challenge.   Every day, the joy of teaching is a juggling act: IEP’s, managing behaviour, integrating lessons, preparing materials and assessments, chasing down assignments, […]

Slowing Down and Creating Goals

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“Go Slow, Go Deep” – Tina’s words have been resonating in my head since I read her last post and over the past couple of weeks. I find myself repeating them to myself daily in response to everything from delivering my lessons in math, teaching the students how to sustain reading effectively during independent reading […]

Getting to Know My Students

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During the first month of school, there is a lot to do.  Finding myself in a new grade and new school every year, I am  seeking out resources, and learning the ropes. One thing that hasn’t changed for me from every differing grade and school, is the need to get to know my students from […]

I got the job and school starts in a few days….. now what?!

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A post for beginning teachers who JUST got the job. First of all, Congratulations!  Your Principal has seen your dedication, skill and dedication to teaching and has chosen you to become a member of the school community and guide these young learners.  It’s a great feeling of excitement and adrenaline but it’s also often laced […]

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