Differentiation, Featured

12 Reasons Why I Differentiate

 Why should we differentiate? Beyond the obvious that is we have kids in our room that would not be successful if we did not differentiate then there are many other reason why we should do it too. 1. Every…

Differentiation, Featured

What is Differentiated Instruction?

If you teach in a classroom today than you are familiar with the term Differentiation.  And if you are like me you may have a love hate relationship with this term. Classrooms today are complex and trying to teach…

Inquiry, Literacy and Math

Planning for Inquiry Based Learning

  If you are getting started with inquiry you may wonder where to start and how to prepare for something that is student led. Although using an inquiry approach removes you, the teacher, from the absolute power position you,…

Literacy

Ignite Student’s Passion for Writing!!

Writing is a challenge to teach.  It is more than simply just teaching students how to write.  There is an underlying challenge that can predict a student’s success and this is often dependent on the messaging that students tell…

Literacy and Math

No More Worksheets?

  So what is the deal with all this hatred to the worksheet?  It was recently asked on a facebook forum if using worksheets in your classroom makes you the dreaded ‘old school teacher’.  This sparked an interesting discussion…

Uncategorized

Glows, Grows and Where to Goes

As August is winding down my mind is now shifting to getting ready for back to school.  Thinking about how I will set up my classroom this year.  Every year I change a few things based on what I…

Inquiry

Talking Inquiry – Letting Go of Control

Who I am as a Teacher I am a teacher the thrives on organization and control over certain things in my classroom.  So I Number student workbooks Match all components of my program everything is colour coded Classroom needs…