What do you do when you want to challenge students, but you also want them to learn? We give them critical thinking challenges. Critical thing requires many skills-problem solving, collaboration, design thinking, and perseverance. When a critical thinking question is carefully crafted, you can get students to explore learning outcomes while having fun and being engaged in their learning at the same time. Continue Reading
Do your students suck at research? Do they just copy and paste? Can they find information on their own or do they all just end up at Wikipedia and cite Google Search as a source? Can they use text features or find an actual book? Continue Reading
A strange thing happened this year. Our students were so dramatic-and by that we mean we started using drama as a way to help teach, review and reinforce our learning in every subject area. The kids loved it-even the shy and quiet ones. Continue Reading
Our curriculum is such that health is taught as part of our physical education lessons. We’re required to have thirty minutes of movement activity. This means health rarely happens for most teachers because it’s shoved aside for more meaningful lessons like reading, writing and math.
There are so many valuable lessons in health class that can actually help with reading, writing and math, so we wrote up an entire year (and then some) of lessons to try to integrate health into other lessons. You have to teach it anyway, so why not get more out of it? Continue Reading
We realized the importance of teaching critical thinking and fact checking one day on Facebook. One ninja-mother-in-law posted an article about an actor that had died-but the actor had died FIVE years earlier. Yet, there she was just a reposting like crazy. A dog with a piece of ham on its face was her next post and that when we started writing our digital citizenship product. Continue Reading
Do you like to do logic puzzles? Some people like word searches and others like Sudoku, but logic puzzles is where it’s at. They require critical thinking, problem solving and deductive reasoning. And they are fun! Students learn to read for information in a way that is highly engaging. Continue Reading
Orange Shirt Day is recognized each year on September 30. It is important to educate everyone about Canada’s wrongs so we can learn from it and begin to repair the damage that has been done. We have searched out some student friendly resources teachers can use in their classrooms to teach students about Residential Schools because Every Child Matters. Continue Reading
Do you have a blog post idea but don’t have a blog? Write it for us and we may publish it as one of our Guest Authors. If you are interested in submitting an article for our consideration, please read our requirements before sending it. Continue Reading
Reading is a huge part of our classroom and it’s important to us to make sure the books and characters reflect all aspects of the lives of our students. That includes books about and including different faiths, backgrounds and cultural beliefs.
Ramadan is an important part of our classroom culture so we searched high and low to find books that our students could use to learn from and reflect on. Here are some of the titles we found and thought you should check out yourself. Continue Reading
In December we put up a Christmas Tree, hung lights and exchanged gifts. One of our students asked if we would be celebrating in May and June for Ramadan and Eid. Of course! All of our students are encouraged to share their customs and traditions with us and we’ve been learning all year from each other. We celebrated Chinese New Year, Ukrainian Christmas, World Hijab Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and now we’re getting ready for Ramadan and Eid. Continue Reading