Tech Review: Classcraft

Classcraft is a web or app based system that allows your students to create a character for themselves (a warrior, a mage or a healer). They can use this character to gain special "powers" in the classroom, to earn XP (experience points) to level up and GP (gold pieces) to buy new accessories or even…

This week in Our Classroom: Community Building

With my class I have been working really hard to build a strong classroom community. I'm in a small school where the students have known each other for years and have been in the same class every year since kindergarten. They are all like siblings, prodding and poking at each other in just the right…

Review: PBIS world

PBIS world is a site that feeds you behaviour management strategies based on the kinds of behaviour you're seeing in your classroom. It's a really interesting read and there are a mix of interesting new strategies, tried and true classics, and some that are a bit shaky. For example: Student A is a name calling…

This week in our classrooms: Settling In

I am just starting my second week of school, and Morgan is on her third. The amount of changes that have happened in our classrooms is a bit wild. As any teacher knows, the 'settling in' can take all of September but by October, everyone tends to find their rhythm and the room and routine…

8 Things to Include in Your Supply Binder

I’m not good at being away - sick or otherwise. I’m a bit of a control freak, and I have a very guilty conscience (I frequently think: “I’m not sick enough to be away”). Really, no one wants to be away from the classroom, but it is inevitable. I try to make sure that I…