4 Simple Ways Kids Can Learn About Plants in the Classroom

I’m teaching science this year for the first time EVER! It is my thirteenth year teaching, and although I’ve taught many science concepts through language arts and math curriculum, I have never been the science subject teacher. Not only is it my first year, I am teaching it to two groups, in two different grades: fourth and fifth. I am PUMPED! I LOVE science. Understanding … Continue reading 4 Simple Ways Kids Can Learn About Plants in the Classroom

10 Money Saving Tips for an Eco Friendly Back to School

Back to School season is just around the corner, and as all teachers know, this means the wheels in our heads have been turning, thinking about classroom decor, organization and themes we want to use with our kiddos for the upcoming school year since the second week of summer holidays. Here are ten terrific tips to help your return to the classroom eco-friendly: 1. Use … Continue reading 10 Money Saving Tips for an Eco Friendly Back to School

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

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

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

Using videos to empower students in the classroom

Hi all! Happy New Year! This is just going to be a super quick post about a scope I did last weekend. (You can catch that by clicking on the My Scopes tab in the above menu). As a teacher, I think my primary role is to help students reach their fullest potential. However, I feel that students mostly underestimate themselves or think that because … Continue reading Using videos to empower students in the classroom

Communicating with Parents

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

Renewable energy in schools

I was driving past a high school in Ontario this summer and noticed that it was covered I solar panels. My first thought was “AWESOME!” and my next thought was “how’d they do that?”.     In fact, I was surprised to see these panels on a school but not surprised to see renewable energy being exploited in this area of Ontario. In fact, when … Continue reading Renewable energy in schools