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
It is often at our worst that we see the best in people. For the past few weeks, we have watched around the world as the city of Fort McMurray, Alberta has dealt with the devastation of a wildfire. Our students have seen the ruin on television and some of our school families have been directly impacted as family members work or live in the area. We spent class time talking out our emotions and then decided we needed to do more than just talk. Continue Reading
Do you have to repeat yourself constantly because your students just don’t know how to listen? Maybe it’s not them. Here are five ways to get them listening without yelling.
1. Stop talking.
Teachers love to talk. Talk. Talk. Talk. (So do ninjas-it’s amazing we get anything done.) Instead, try silence. Wait Continue Reading
What does engagement mean? Well, the obvious answer means keeping students engaged in learning. For many teachers this means ramping up the WOW factor. It might mean costumes, balloons and confetti for math–but imagine if it could be something so much simpler?