Guided Drawing: Underrated Art Lessons

When it comes to art I am a work in progress. There are certain art lessons that I love to work through with my students that can take days and days and are super fun, but sometimes you need a little lesson to get you through a 40 minute art period or you want to…

Top 5 Teacher Snacks for School

Snacking is my passion, so is teaching, but everything is better with snacks. As teachers, our snack choices cannot be as diverse because there are so many conditions! No nuts, no mess, no utensils, no time,  nothing that needs to be heated up or refrigerated, things that can last in a desk drawer for emergencies;…

This Week in our Classroom: Biodiversity

Our school was lucky enough to receive free workshops for our grade 6 classes from Scientists in School (I think we did the "Classy Critters" workshop) and it was AMAZING! The workshops would cost about $200 per class - it seems well worth it. My students love science anyway, but they were very engaged, pushed out…

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…

Wish We Were Wearing: Sick Day

They're inevitable, like it or not, sick days happen. I'm half convinced that teachers might be the only people to survive the apocalypse because they've already been exposed to everything! We are both trying to ensure that we take better care of ourselves this year, and actually take a sick day when we need is instead…

This Week in Our Classrooms: Group Challenge

I firmly believe that for our students to be successful, they need to be able to collaborate. I have had to work with people in every job I've ever had, not to mention the all-too- frequent group projects in university and teacher's college. It is an integral skill for the modern world, and my students…