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
“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
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
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
Well, this is my first blog post ever. In this blog I will share what we are working on in class, as well as systems I use to organize the classroom and various activities. I am open to suggestions and would love to answer questions anyone may have about what I post. Coming soon: Photos of my classroom this year. Continue reading My first post!