Olympic Relationships: The Importance of Positive Teacher-Student Relationships

Why did you become a teacher? What inspires you and makes you look forward to getting ready for school, day after day? Why do you push yourself to create interesting and motivating lessons? Why do we get first day jitters and work so hard for our classrooms to be welcoming on the first day of school? I am certain that you, like me, are not … Continue reading Olympic Relationships: The Importance of Positive Teacher-Student Relationships

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Easy, Fast and Free: A Simple Approach to Integrating Flexible Seating in the Elementary Classroom

On Edutopia.com, Ira Socol describes a flexible classroom as an environment that give students a choice in what kind of learning space works best for them, and help them to work collaboratively, communicate, and engage in critical thinking. In my classroom, I provide different types of seating that my students can choose from. From a low table, to a standing table, wobbly seats to camping … Continue reading Easy, Fast and Free: A Simple Approach to Integrating Flexible Seating in the Elementary Classroom

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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

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

5 Key Points: Math Beyond the Common Core

Last summer I attended a conference given by the LCEEQ about teaching math. Sounds tempting, doesn’t it? A two day conference in the middle of the summer about teaching math? Fortunately, the LCEEQ made it easy to decide to attend this conference. It took place in Manoir St-Sauveur, a luxury hotel in the middle of one of Quebec’s favorite ski villages. While I was at … Continue reading 5 Key Points: Math Beyond the Common Core