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…

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 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…

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…

Lesson Plan: Reliable Sources for Research

You have probably already come across the teacher who created a website all about the 'tree octopus' in order to teach his students not to believe everything they read on the internet, and may have already used it at school. If not however, here are some lessons using that website that will teach your students…

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…