Teaching Tip Tuesdays

Transform School Band Concerts

April 17, 2018

Nicole Kmoch wrote an incredible piece for the Smart Music Educator blog entitled “Perform Early, Perform Often: The Power of Informance.” She believes, “performing early and often can be a great way to reduce the anxiety students [Keep Reading]

Teaching with the Olympic Games

February 20, 2018

I have been having a lot of fun incorporating the Winter Olympics into my English ESL classes. Part of the curriculum deals with Canadian culture and this seemed like a great opportunity to explore different areas of the country. Research I asked [Keep Reading]

Feeding Your Flame (Student Writing Activity)

February 13, 2018

Last week’s Will Smith video response activity was a success. I decided to try it again with another of his Instagram videos. This one has a few harsh phrases or words that might not be appropriate for your classroom (please watch it before [Keep Reading]

Students Working Together on Tests? (Brilliant!)

January 23, 2018

I subscribe to this ten-minute podcast series specifically meant for teachers. In this episode, a teacher shared a brilliant idea. After he gives his students a test, he has them retake it in groups. This lets them discuss the questions and the [Keep Reading]

AMD3O Electronic Music Semester and Unit Plan

January 9, 2018

AMD3O is a Grade 11 Electronic Music class that follows the Ontario Curriculum. I am teaching the class for the very first time this semester. I have designed a semester plan that covers six units; Analyzing and Understanding Song Structure, Music [Keep Reading]

Teach Like TED

December 5, 2017

Every now and then I read a book that has nothing to do with education and I see the work in a way that the author probably never intended. Talk Like TED by Carmine Gallo is an examination of what makes some of the best TED talks successful. Gallo [Keep Reading]

Posting a Music Video (TGJ3M Assignment)

November 1, 2017

I am teaching a Communications Technology class this term and I wanted to have the students create an online portfolio of their work. To that end, I had them design simple websites using the Blogger platform. This way, they can see the basic design [Keep Reading]

Website Design Assignment Part 2

October 24, 2017

This is the fourth assignment I gave my students for TGJ3M – Communications Technology. It builds off the skills we have been learning so far this term. First, we looked closely at the five different types of logos and collected examples of each. [Keep Reading]
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