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…

Lesson Plan: No Fear Shakespeare

I used the No Fear Shakespeare Graphic Novel to teach Romeo and Juliet to my Grade 8 class. I found this version to be accessible for all of my students - written with more common language, and with pictures. I started my unit with a fun exploration of Shakespeare, plays in general, Romeo and Juliet in particular and…

10 things every teacher should have on their desk

Kleenex If you don’t have a runny nose, someone else is sure to and the last thing you need to add to an already noisy classroom is the sound of a 12 year old sniffling all day. Also handy for minor spills and cleaning paint brushes. Post it notes I use post- it notes for…

Review: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey

This book is a "teen" version of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. This one is written for teens, with age appropriate examples, jokes and illustrations. Lately there is a lot of talk around Growth Mindset, and teaching 21st Century Learners, and I am all for it. I'll be honest though, sometimes I'm a…

This week in our classrooms: Set Up

Because I've never taught in the same room or even in the same grade twice, classroom setup always feels like a crap shoot. Maybe it'll work great and inspire kids to work hard and collaborate. Maybe it'll be garbage and I'll have to spend my whole weekend changing everything. This year I'm feeling OK about…

Making the Switch to Middle School

I’m relatively new to the Middle School world, this is only my third year. My first three years as a teacher were in Kindergarten and Grade 1. I was very comfortable teaching in classrooms with tiny chairs and tables, and with a carpet to do group learning and discussions on. Then I had an interview…