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
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
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
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
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
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Plickers, it is an app that allows teachers to project multiple choice questions on their Smartboards through a live feed and for students to answer the questions them by holding up their Plickers card, a QR code card, upright in the position that represents their answers for their teachers to scan with the app on … Continue reading Engaging students with the Plickers app
This Monday was our school’s first day with our students. I had to prepare my classroom for fourth grade students instead of first grade students like I did last year. This year, one of our special education consultants came to see us during our pedagogical days before students started school and talked to us about how students need to feel like they belong in their classroom … Continue reading Back to school!
In the last few years, I have tried different ways of getting in touch with parents. I have tried traditional means, using things such as calendars, weekly newsletters and messages in student agendas. Although these ways of communicating are efficient at getting news home, it is time consuming and uses a lot of paper. Anyone who knows me knows that I cringe at the thought … Continue reading Communicating with Parents
I am so excited to get my class list and schedule so that I can insert the information into my new teacher planner. I am going to save so much time this year and really be organized. I worked really hard to make this planner simple to use for any teacher. I made one for myself like this a few years ago but this time … Continue reading My new planner
I am going into my 10th year of teaching. Time flies! The last few years I have changed schools, either because I have had to, being young and having less seniority than any other permanent teacher at my schools, or because I was trying to get closer to home to have a few more minutes at home with my little girl. Because of this, I haven’t always had … Continue reading Moving Up!