15 Minutes Outside

I have recently been exploring a book titled “15 Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to get out of the house and connect with your kids” – by Rebecca P. Cohen. I recommend this book to teachers because it has many different ideas for engaging students in an outdoor experience every single day. What changes could be … More 15 Minutes Outside

Brains are Great

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities”. – Dr. Suess I love learning about brain function — not … More Brains are Great

Reteach and Enrich – How to Make Time for Every Student

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8DQugVxHv0

A presenter in my EPSY class shared her work on differentiated instruction last Thursday. One of the things she shared what this video.

I have struggled for so long with the idea of leveled groups. I often feel as if students know which group they are in. If they are in the lower group, this may effect their self-esteem and may cause bullying from students in other groups.

This video opened up a whole new concept for me. Even calling the groups “reteach” and “enrich” changes how teachers and students view the members of each group. Students get to learn about differentiated instruction and how everyone has certain strengths in certain areas. In addition, students in the “reteach” group aren’t “reteach” lifers. They get to move up. In turn, the “enrich” students will have areas in which they are challenged and have to have additional time to work with these concepts. Students even get to work with peers in other classrooms.

I especially liked the collaboration that the teachers showed in the video. The one who was stronger with the specific math topic taught the enrich students that week. The teachers are also modeling for students that one doesn’t need to be good at everything — everyone has strengths and everyone has challenges.

There are many pieces from this video that I know I can use in my own classrooms of the future. It would be excellent to be part of a school-team that taught differentiated instruction through “Reteach and Enrich”.

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Project of Heart

In my pre-internship I worked with a classroom of grade four students. During my three-week block I taught about Canadian residential schools. We connected with Project of Heart where we had to do a number of tasks, some of which included inviting an Elder into the classroom, creating an action plan and painting the tiles … More Project of Heart

Promoting Play in Elementary Classrooms

Promoting Play in Elementary Classrooms

Check out my latest Prezi on Promoting Play in elementary classrooms. This Prezi was designed with supporting evidence about the importance of encouraging learning through movement and play. Along with the Prezi, I also spent time with my peer partner creating a group of 6 movement activities for grade three students. These activities include:

My partner and I hope to take this activity kit into our pre-internship classrooms. Her classroom is grade 1/2 and I am in grade 4. We decided to focus on a grade 3 level so that each of us could adapt the activities for our grades. I can’t wait to try them out!

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