How “Open” are your Classroom Questions? Providing a Fertile Environment for Classroom Discourse

What is the difference between an open question and a closed question?  To put it simply, an open question allows room for discussion, growth, connections, and development; whereas a closed question points to one “correct” answer that the person asking … Continue reading →

Medieval Activities

From my experience, teaching a unit on Medieval Times is one of the best parts of the curriculum.    There are so many ideas, activities that can be done.  I find that organizing my ideas for the upcoming unit helps me plan … Continue reading →

We are all different…in our own way!

Whether you have had a student with special needs in your classroom or not, we, as teachers do understand that each student is different in their own way – from their unique learning strategies, to working at different levels and … Continue reading →

Characteristics of Gifted Children

How many of you wondered about that student in your class?  Is he/she gifted?  How would you know?  When I was teaching grade 4, I found this list of characteristics helpful in deciding if I should nominate my students to … Continue reading →