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…

Lesson Plan: Intro to Integers

Teaching math can be hard! Especially when you have students who are more comfortable with concepts than you are! Here's a fun way to introduce integers to your students with some real life examples. Integers are really everywhere and it's much easier to convince your students to learn something when they know it will actually…

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…

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…