Canadian Provinces, Territories and Cities

A complete pack (23 pages) for your Geography/Social Studies Unit! Use this pack for a center activity, or as a whole class instruction approach.  The pack includes flash cards for each province, territory and city, Match the Columns activity with answer key, blank map outline and a coloured version of the map, Name that Place numbered map with answer key. Included is ideas on how to utilize the flash cards within your classroom.  This is a perfect way for your students  to practice & learn their Canadian Geography.   Click on the picture where you will be able to preview the product.


Children with Down Syndrome


Gifted Myths and Stereotypes

On a previous post, I provided a list of common characteristics found in gifted students in a effort to identify students.  It is very important to know the signs but have found that there are many myths surrounding gifted students as well.   As I learn more on this topic, I want to share with you what I have found so far.  Parents, teachers and students alike perpetuate these myths and in turn really affect gifted students negatively.  You will find a quick reference guide dispelling some of the most common myths and stereotypes. 

These myths and stereotypes are compiled from an article “36 Myths and Stereotypes of Gifted Students: Awareness for the Classroom Teacher”.

It was written by Nicholas Colangelo ( a university professor from University of Iowa.  As well, he is the Director of The Connie Belin & Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development.

Furthermore he is an author and editor of articles centred on the Education, Policies, and Standards of Practice regarding gifted and talented individuals.

Myths and Stereotypes

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 at a different pace, to having their own individual strengths, talents, as well as, weaknesses and areas of difficulty. Regardless, not only can we understand but we must also learn and know how to create a classroom in which all students can learn to the highest of THEIR learning potential. We need to educate ourselves through research, through experience and through others.

Attached is a list of just a few books that you may find helpful when teaching a student with down syndrome. From one book to the next, each share endless strategies to guide you in being the best teacher you can be for your student(s).

If you have any other resources to recommend, please let us know!


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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 be considered for the gifted program.  I printed this sheet out and inserted it in each student portfolio I had created and would observe to see if some of these characteristics were present.  Please note that this is not an all encompassing list and that not all of these characteristics need to be present.  I hope it helps you as it has helped me. Just click on the link below!

Characteristics of Gifted Children

GIZMO (Not from Gremlins)

The first time I recall someone uttering the word “GIZMO” it was in reference to the cute little animal in the movie Gremlins.  But in most recent experiences teacher and student conversations about GIZMOs refers to technology based simulations found at (a fantanstic resource for teachers).  These simulations can range from early learning to the high school level and primarily for mathematics and science related curriculum.  For the past 2 years, I have been incorporating GIZMOs within my instructional approach.  These simulations can be done independently, in groups and as a whole class.  Research has shown that utilizing technology based simulations can deepen understanding and improve student learning.  I find that my students are involved and active in their learning. They enjoy using them!   I truly enjoy using them, I hope you do too.