Category Archives: Tips and Tid Bits

Our Gift to You

A Free Activity for The Seven Teachings Stories series by Katherena Vermette illustrated by Irene Kuziw Background Information The Seven Sacred Teachings are a group of teachings that originated with the Anishnaabe of North America. These teachings have been adopted by many Indigenous peoples. Said to have come from the grandfathers, or wisdom keepers, and […]

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Create A Personal Glossary

From the book series Hands-On Social Studies for Ontario Social Studies topics can be rich in new vocabulary. In Jennifer Lawson’s upcoming Hands-On Social Studies for Ontario (HOSS-ON), teachers use vocabulary from the social studies topics of study (e.g., natural resources, landforms, rural), as well as words related to the inquiry model (e.g., ask, predict, […]

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An Inquiry Activity

TRY IT OUT! POLAR OPPOSITES: AN INQUIRY ACTIVITY FROM THE BOOK The Art of Inquiry by Nancy Lee Cecil and Jeanne Pfeifer Description Polar Opposites is an ideal activity for helping students see characters in texts as three-dimensional. This is done by asking them to assess characters on a variety of traits, using a three-, […]

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A Workshop with Ruth Sutton

Successful Student Transition Please join author and educator Ruth Sutton as she explores the following questions in her upcoming workshop. What are the obstacles that make transitions difficult for our students? How do school systems make transitions more difficult for learners? What steps can be taken to overcome the “muddle in the middle?” How can […]

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Available Febuary, 2014

5 KEY REASONS FOR RETHINKING LETTER GRADES From the book Rethinking Letter Grades: A Five-Step Approach for Aligning Letter Grades to Learning Standards by Caren Cameron and Kathleen Gregory In the introduction to Rethinking Letter Grades, the authors encourage teachers to think and talk more about how to arrive at letter grades. The focus, they […]

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Great Books to Read Aloud to Your Students

FOUR TIPS FOR READING ALOUD TO ALL AGES Sharing good-quality literature, both fiction and nonfiction, is an integral part of literacy instruction for all students. When sharing books with your students, follow these steps: 1) CHOOSE A BOOK Choosing a book to read aloud that connects to a topic or theme already being studied in […]

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Creating Inclusive Classrooms

8 IMPORTANT FACTORS FOR CREATING AN INCLUSIVE CLASSROOM from Teaching to Diversity by Dr. Jennifer Katz In Teaching to Diversity, Dr. Katz provides a wealth of tools and information for creating inclusive classrooms. She focuses on how to diversify curriculum, instruction, and assessment in such a way that even students who have previously not been […]

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Great End of the Year Idea

Creating Keepers to Wrap Up The School Year from the book VOICES OF EXPERIENCE PRACTICAL IDEAS TO WRAP UP THE YEAR by Caren Cameron, Kathleen Gregory, Colleen Politano, Joy Paquin Peer recognition is powerful. Ask students to give collective recognition to one another by identifying a positive personal characteristic for each person in the class. […]

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Using Story Vines in the Classroom

TIPS FOR USING STORY VINES TO RETELL STORIES FROM STORY VINES AND READERS THEATRE GETTING STARTED by Marlene McKay Story vines are a way to make storytelling come alive—by putting fun into the telling, retelling, and oral sharing and presenting. Story vines enhance all the language skills we strive to develop in children: reading, writing, […]

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Tips for Problem-Solving

Tips for Problem-Solving in Mathematics From Hands-On Problem Solving: A Minds-On Approach By Jennifer Lawson For grades 1–4 Coming Soon for grades 5–6 Problem solving is central to learning mathematics. By learning to solve problems and by learning through problem solving, students are given numerous opportunities to connect mathematical ideas and to develop conceptual understanding. […]

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