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Creating a Culture of Community in Your Multi-Grade Classroom

Create Classroom CultureHow do we create a classroom community where all students feel they are equal and belong? It turns out we’ve had more combined grade classes that straight grade classes since we began teaching, so we can’t imagine teaching any other way. First of all, we call it a combined class rather than a split class. It’s the first thing we do with parents because our combined classes are not like the old ‘split’ classes.

When students come into our classroom on the first day of school they immediately collect into two different groups-the lower grade and the upper grade.  They don’t know each other well and like to sit with their friends.  We don’t give students a seating plan right away (or sometimes at all) so we can see which relationships form or are already in place, but then we slowly start changing their mindset about the combined class.

So, what are our secrets?

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Home Office Ideas?

OfficeTitleThe ninjas are always thinking of new things to create and spending lots of time working on ideas and resources at home (yes, we know, after a full day of work we should be unplugging but we just can’t help it). One ninja has taken over the dining room table to work while the other has been struggling with setting up good office Continue Reading

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Ways to Save a Buck (AKA Ninjas are Thrifty!)

 

TitleSlideNinjas are thrifty and we like to reuse as much as possible, so here are our top five ways to reuse your back to school gear and save some money at the same time.

Repurpose your old borders and signs.  You probably have some of those old borders or signs that are looking tattered or faded.  Try cutting out the little pictures (or better yet have some older students volunteer their time) to reuse.  We use these little pictures for all kinds of things: game pieces, name tags, labels and my personal favourite-classroom sign out.