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We are Thankful

Pausing and thinking about what we are thankful for reminds us of how lucky we are. It began with a pairing up to share a class without really knowing each other and turned into a great friendship and business we love to grow.

We are also thankful that we have such easy access to books. We like big books and we cannot lie.

Ninja #1 is thankful for the Hardy Boys series. There were so many to pick from growing up that there never seemed to be an end to the choices.

Ninja #2 is thankful for The Dot by Peter Reynolds. No explanation needed, but it’s great for any age.

What book are you thankful for? Do you have a favourite book that you love to share with your students? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

 

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Being Thankful in the Classroom

Canadian ThanksgivingThe year has started. Things are starting to settle and it’s time to count your blessings in the classroom. We call the start of year through Thanksgiving (well, Canadian Thanksgiving on the second Monday of October) the beta period. It’s the time of year to try things out, get to know the students, build relationships and set up the year for success.

The beta period is not the time of year we spend getting deep into content. We review. We read. We talk about what is coming next. We check out our skills and show what we can or can’t do.

It’s the perfect time to take a look at what’s working, what’s starting to work and what needs to be scrapped. It’s time to count our blessings and make a list of all the things we are thankful for in our classroom. So, here is a little checklist we use to decide how are things working so far. Continue Reading