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3 Important Things You Need to Know About Parent-Teacher Conferences

“Before we begin talking about my child, I have some questions about (…) and I would like to discuss something that is really bothering me about the way you do (…).” Uh-oh. This is where the heart palpitations, sweaty palms and eyelash tugging began. This is where I knew that the notes I’d prepared so carefully about this person’s child would not be addressed and … Continue reading 3 Important Things You Need to Know About Parent-Teacher Conferences

7 Eco-Friendly Valentine’s Day Craft and Gift Ideas

  With Valentine’s Day around the corner, there are LOTS of ideas for crafts and gifts that can be made so that kids can show their love for their friends and family members. Being someone who tries to be as green as possible, I went on the hunt for gifts and decorations that students can make from recycled materials. I found many activities and crafts that … Continue reading 7 Eco-Friendly Valentine’s Day Craft and Gift Ideas

4 Simple Tips to Make Parent Teacher Conferences Less Stressful

Parent teacher conferences are just around the corner. (For my school, they will be taking place this week.) Parent teacher conferences used to make me feel very anxious and stressed, because I didn’t know what to expect. These will be my 21st conferences and after many stressful conferences, I now look forward to getting together with my students’ families and exchanging ideas. Here are some … Continue reading 4 Simple Tips to Make Parent Teacher Conferences Less Stressful

Welcome to my classroom

Several factors influenced my classroom decor and layout decisions when I moved back to second grade this year.  I had to think about functionality, practicality and age-appropriateness.  I want for my students to be able to collaborate and help each other in their learning. I want for my students to learn to be organized and because of the experiences I’ve had, I do not believe this … Continue reading Welcome to my classroom

Simple Eco-friendly Field Trip Organizing

The school year has begun, and so has planning for field trips! In the past, when organizing a field trip, I would draft a consent form. I would include details about the trip and its purpose, as well as a section at the bottom that parents could cut and return to school (hopefully) in a ziplock back with the money required to pay for their … Continue reading Simple Eco-friendly Field Trip Organizing

Teaching Kids about Gardening

  This summer my daughter and I have started gardening together. We chose some plants together, we got her some gardening gloves and she used money from her piggy bank to buy herself her own gardening tools. This year she has learned that when seeds are combined with soil, water, sun and TLC they turn into sprouts and then into plants. She learned how to … Continue reading Teaching Kids about Gardening

End of the Year Reflection: Top 3 Wins and Losses

I wrapped up my school year nearly a month ago. The school year flew by and I am finally taking the time to reflect on what worked well and what didn’t work so well for me this year (and I don’t mean things I have no control over, like not enough snow days or making sure I don’t have to crawl into the driver’s seat … Continue reading End of the Year Reflection: Top 3 Wins and Losses

Green School Project

We have finally done it. At school, we have finally launched our Green Project. There are so many components to the Green School Project, including fundraising projects and changing the school community’s habits that I think I just have to summarize what has been done so far and how that’s going. So far we have launched: Social Media We have launched a Facebook page to … Continue reading Green School Project

Differentiated seating, public speaking and a caring classroom atmosphere

    I am officially on spring break. This means that in between working on my report cards and taking care of my family, I finally have time to sit down and do some blogging! I am going to take advantage of this time to finally fill you in on something I did last fall. Here, in the province of Quebec, we are fortunate to … Continue reading Differentiated seating, public speaking and a caring classroom atmosphere

Periscope Professional Development

Unless you’ve been living in a submarine for the last year, you know that when people talk about seeing something on Periscope, they are not referring to the scope marines use to see what is happening above water. Periscope is a free app that is linked to Twitter, which allows people to stream live footage with their smartphones and tablets (iPads, etc.). Viewers and followers … Continue reading Periscope Professional Development