Resource Review: Making Differentiation a Habit (2009) by Diane Heacox

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Resources that provide support on how to practically apply DI in the classroom are extremely useful, as most resources are more theoretical and do not actually show you what DI looks like in the classroom; in my opinion, Diane Heacox’s latest book is the best resource I have encountered to provide teachers with the tools […]

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Think Aloud Strategy

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A lesson put together for the Primary Division (Questioning, Predicting, Connecting, Inferring) Book: Puddleman by Ted Staunton, Illustrated by Brenda Clark Cover I’m looking at the cover of this book and I wonder what it will be about? Maybe Puddleman is the child’s last name. Or maybe, the story is about playing in a sandbox. […]

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Teaching Proverbs

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When introducing proverbs to my students, I would start with a general discussion asking them to think about a major crisis, decision they had to make, or problem they had to deal with. The following would be a few of the directing questions: · Do you prefer facing those kinds of problems alone, or does […]

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Using Famous Speeches

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During the month of January, I usually begin a public speaking unit with my students. Public speaking is an excellent method of integrating various curriculum expectations into a single unit. How does this happen? Media Literacy is addressed as students begin the unit by viewing three important speeches on YouTube and discussing the importance of […]

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Resource Review: Spaces & Places by Debbie Diller

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“Classroom space impacts everything: instruction, behavior, and our (children’s and teachers’) sense of well-being” (from Spaces & Places by Debbie Diller) Spaces & Places by Debbie Diller Debbie Diller’s 33 years in education spent as a preK – gr 10 classroom teacher, reading specialist, literacy coach, workshop leader, classroom makeover specialist, consultant, and author of […]

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Science Organizations

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As a science teacher, I am always on the lookout for science websites that will either help me improve my teaching practice or provide excellent classroom resources. The following is a list of some science organizations and the resources they provide. Science Teachers Association of Ontario (STAO) http://stao.ca/ Overall, I found the STAO website to […]

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