November 2010

Teaching Tip Tuesdays – Great Websites

November 29, 2010

The Book Chook – This is an amazing blog run by Susan Stephenson. She is a teacher, a writer, editor, and reviewer. She has a passion for children’s literacy and literature. You can find lots of useful posts here that can inspire you in [Keep Reading]

Why Expectations Can Ruin Christmas

November 28, 2010

Image via Wikipedia Toronto’s Santa Claus parade was on television last weekend. As part of the program, the reporters went to the sidelines and talked to some of the families taking in the festivities. The first few interviews were sweet and [Keep Reading]

Comic Book Imagery in Harry Potter

November 24, 2010

While I wasn’t overly impressed with the latest Harry Potter movie, there were two moments in the film that were very well done. (Spoiler Alert) In one scene, a wizarding fairy tale was retold. This sequence was beautifully illustrated in [Keep Reading]

The Colourful Parking Lot

November 23, 2010

The yellow lines separate.A red car by a school.Black concrete,green cars blend in to the treesby a lonely, cold puddle. That poem was written by my class yesterday. I really love what we are able to accomplish in this guided writing activity. Our [Keep Reading]

Inspiring Students (Video Game Analogy)

November 19, 2010

I want my students to learn, but more than that, I want to develop in them a desire to learn, a desire to be productive, to accomplish things, to do more than they ever thought they could. That’s my goal. That is why I push my students to do [Keep Reading]

Kish Autograph

November 17, 2010

Kish was one of my favourite rappers back in the day. He came out with an album entitled Order from Chaos in 1991 and had quite the hit with “I Rhyme the World in 80 Days.” Unfortunately, despite a solid album, he seemed to remain a [Keep Reading]

Teaching Tip – Using Math Support

November 16, 2010

Did you know that most math textbooks these days come with all kinds of resources and support? Some math textbooks come with a CD-ROM. Others allow access to a website where you can download and print off worksheets. I like to use these resources to [Keep Reading]

Gotta Love Marching Bands

November 14, 2010

I went to the Santa Claus Parade on the weekend and was reminded of how much I love to see and hear the marching bands. Unfortunately, I forgot to bring my camera with me. There were some great bands there that I would have loved to have shared [Keep Reading]

Coldstream Conservation Area (Visual Tour)

November 12, 2010

Time for another Visual Running Tour. This time I hit up Coldstream Conservation Area in Ilderton, Ontario. It’s always nice to see a map at the start of a trail. I don’t understand why this is called a beach area. How can you have a [Keep Reading]
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