October 2009

Virtual Pumpkin Carving

October 31, 2009

Here are some of the pumpkins that my students carved in the computer lab this week. Check out this cool website to virtually carve your own pumpkin. http://www.theoworlds.com/halloween/ I wish everyone a Safe and Happy Halloween [Keep Reading]

Halloween Classroom Decorations

October 30, 2009

This is the mural that my class made for today’s Halloween celebrations in the gym. It is about 6 feet long by 4 feet wide. All of my students had a hand in creating it. And here are some positive and negative jack-o-lanterns that we made. I [Keep Reading]

Bubble Bobble – Takes Me Back

October 29, 2009

I think Bubble Bobble is the best video game ever. And I’m not sure why it isn’t often mentioned in video game circles as a classic. I love playing this game. I can remember plunking in quarter after quarter into the arcade machine at [Keep Reading]

Teaching Tip Tuesdays – EQAO Testing

October 27, 2009

The EQAO is a standardized test that is taken by all students in Ontario near the end of Grade 3 and then again in Grade 6. It is a difficult test and it is challenging to be a teacher in these grades. We need to prepare our students so that they [Keep Reading]

We Don’t Buy Those

October 24, 2009

I’m at the grocery store in the cookie aisle. I pick up some cookies and put them into my basket. Just then, a father pushes his daughter down the aisle. She’s sitting in the shopping cart and she sees me picking out my cookies. She [Keep Reading]

Be Satisfied Already

October 21, 2009

It seems that some people are never satisfied. I come across these people all the time and I really can’t figure them out. It used to drive me crazy because I would bend over backwards trying to please these people and it seemed that whatever [Keep Reading]

Love Story Meets Viva La Vida

October 20, 2009

I so love Twitter. Ryan D. Scott posted this message up yesterday: “Jon Schmidt, Steven Sharp, Taylor Swift and Coldplay = holy fantastic. Thanks @jonschmidty http://bit.ly/BjfHR” I follow Ryan because he is a good blogger and posts some [Keep Reading]

Teaching Tip Tuesdays – Level Everything

October 19, 2009

I found an efficient way to mark student work a few years ago and I don’t know why I hadn’t thought of it sooner. It is so simple that I almost forgot to share it with you here on Teaching Tip Tuesdays. So here’s my tip, [Keep Reading]

Best Movie Ever – When Harry Met Sally

October 15, 2009

“When Harry Met Sally” is a classic movie in all aspects of the word. I truly think that it is the best movie ever made. Even now, twenty years later, it still holds up. The writing is very sharp and it really explores what it means to [Keep Reading]

Red Hill Valley – The Trail is Still There

October 14, 2009

When I was in high school, our cross country team always went to Red Hill Valley to do some nice trail runs. The valley was beautiful and it was a treasure to have this huge green space in the east end of the city. If you hiked off of the main [Keep Reading]
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