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Gameplaying for Effective Student Learning

Sue’s Classroom Word and Grammar Games Just came across an article by Nico King on games in the classroom and their power and effectiveness in teaching.  Here is a direct quote from the article: Games are inherently engaging and motivating, which makes them an effective tool for capturing and maintaining students’ attention. https://nicoking.medium.com/pedagogy-in-games-exploring-the-intersection-of-learning-theories-and-game-theories-25c21dfb0bf5 I frequently

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Screen Time: How Much Should Children Have?

What is the Effect of Screen Time on our Children’s Health? Screen time is mentioned frequently as a factor in a plethora of wellness issues, social, physical as well as mental.  A quick “Google” on the subject will yield numerous sites which consider this in detail.  The subject of how best to manage and control

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Easter Reading and Poetry

Spring Into Poetry with Easter Chants and Acrostic Poems As Easter hops into our calendars, let’s turn our classrooms into a learning wonderland filled with the magic of poetry. In this blog post, we’ll explore delightful activities for Easter, dive into the world of choral reading, and discover the joy of crafting Easter poems with

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St. Patrick’s Day Ideas for Teachers

Shamrocks and Smiles for Your Classroom At the top of the morning, teachers! 🍀✨ As St. Patrick’s Day dances its way into our calendars, let’s turn our classrooms into a haven of green and gold, sprinkled with the magic of choral reading and poetry. Let’s add a touch of Irish cheer to your lessons, from

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Unleashing Creativity in the Classroom

Valentine’s Day Poetry Activities for Kids The Perfect Time to Teach Poetry Valentine’s Day, a day of celebration with love and affection, provides a wonderful opportunity to infuse creativity into the classroom. While traditional classroom activities often revolve around exchanging cards and sweet treats, this year, let’s take it a step further by incorporating poetry

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Navigating the Post-Halloween Sugar Rush

The Post-Halloween Sugar Rush:Tips for Teachers Halloween was such a fun time for your students, wasn’t it? The costumes, candy, and all-around excitement can get their hearts racing! 🤪 However, as teachers, we must deal with the challenge of students on a post-Halloween sugar rush.  All that sugar can lead to some hyperactive kids and

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Education and the Evolution of Our Writing Styles

Education and the Evolution of Reading and Writing Edie Bauer Logo Change Attributed to Gen Z Reading Abilities Teachers, the education you impart to your students makes a difference! Here is an example of how our changing educational process is having an effect.  The headline about Eddie Bauer updating its corporate logo is direct evidence. 

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Fascinating Halloween-Based Classroom Discussions

Things That Go Bump in the Night: Witches and Halloween Witches: Where Did They Come From Anyway? Witches and witch costumes are ever popular at Halloween time.  Your classroom may well include at least one dressed-up witch.  Who knew that this would be a teachable moment with a number of related and interesting and educational

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5 Things to do to get your class prepared for Halloween

Teaching and Halloween in the Classroom “Halloween, my most favourite time of year!” declared a TV talk show guest just this morning.  First week of October and Halloween is on everybody’s radar.  Costumes are in the stores, pumpkins are everywhere, and your student’s imaginations are running wild.  How can you as a teacher channel all

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Word Games that Promote Learning

Turbo-Charge Your Teaching With Word Games Word game teaching tools are a wonderful way to stimulate learning in your classroom environment.  Students will pay attention to your lessons as they have fun learning while interacting with their fellow students.  The good feelings generated from playing games result from dopamine, the feel-good neuro-transmitter which is released

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Passionate Readers Begin in the Classroom

Huge 2023/24 Reading Challenge for Your Students Who can read 100 books this year? I found this challenge suggestion on-line just the other day.  I found it on a Washington, DC-based charitable organization’s web-site “Rally to Read”.  The Rally to Read site has detailed, extensive listings of children’s books divided by subject area.  These book

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Journaling: Skills and Personality-Building Learning Activities

Journaling: Get Your Students Writing! What Is Student Journaling? Journaling is the daily recording of our inner-most thoughts, impressions and emotions.  Teachers can use journaling as inspiration for creative writing exercises for their elementary school students.  Journaling can become a very effective source of personal creative stimulation for younger students. As mother, author and proponent

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How to Build Rapport with Students

Back-to-School “All About Me” Community-Building Poster Teacher-Student Relationship Building Begins Day 1 Classroom management activities begin on Day One of the new school year.  Each new student comes into the classroom as a unique person.  Your relationship with each one of them is a blank slate.  It’s the best time to begin filling in those blanks

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Effective Classroom Management: Control the Pace of the Learning Process

Teachers, Slow Down When Students Speed Up: Nurturing Understanding and Learning in the Classroom Introduction In a fast-paced world, it is crucial for teachers to recognize the importance of slowing down when students speed up their learning process. By adjusting their teaching pace to match the needs of their students, educators can create a supportive

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7 Mother’s Day Classroom Teaching Activities

7 Cool Mother’s Day Classroom Teaching Activities Mother’s Day Classroom Teaching Activities Our Mother’s Day teaching activities include vocabulary lessons, poetry writing, greeting cards and ready-made colouring pages for grades 2-5. Mother’s Day is a well-loved annual family tradition that deserves to be incorporated into the classroom schedule. Moms are very important to children.  They

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Importance of Teaching Poetry

Poetry Month, and It’s Easter Too The importance of teaching poetry at Easter seems like a natural thing to do in the classroom.  A favourite children’s event is upon us and, coincidentally, April is Poetry Month too.  What an opportunity to use Easter-themed poetry lessons in the classroom. Your students will naturally be excited by

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Yes, Spring is Coming: Get Ready to Grow Beautiful, Nutritious Vegetables in the Classroom or at Home

We are stuck at home. What to do? One of the more fun and educational things you can do with your kids is to grow vegetables at home. Nothing is better than eating fresh produce which you yourself have grown. Just think of how fascinating it will be to see fresh, vibrant young plants sprouting

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Effective Reading Comprehension Strategies for Upper Elementary Students

Many students have fallen behind in reading and writing With the disruption in learning of the last two years caused by Covid, the number of students who have fallen behind in reading and writing increased exponentially. So much so that the province of Ontario set up a grant entitling parents to $200 per child to

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What’s in your future? ‘Fortune tellers’ paper game helps children acquire fine motor and language skills

Making “fortune tellers” — a folded paper game children hold on their fingers and thumbs and practice counting and “telling fortunes” with — has been a time-treasured craft and play activity for generations across cultures. One of the earliest known paper-folding instruction books is Japanese, dated to 1797; German educators also encouraged paper folding in

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Push Ups and Full Body Movement Push Home Reading Lessons in the Classroom

Reinforcing Key Concepts That Help Fidgety Students Concentrate Carefully planned physical exercise movements, combined with detailed, in-depth and thoroughly thought-out reading instruction are key teaching elements proposed by Linnea Lyding. She is a strong proponent for intimately combining physical movement with the learning of reading for her young students. Ms. Lyding presents a compelling set

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I have some students that still can’t read, and I have no support!

Teaching Reading for Every Student There isn’t enough support, so I can’t send them out to work on reading.  I have a handful of kids who are lost, and they are disturbing others. So it is even harder to teach the kids that were getting it… Uggg!  Now, not only do I have a problem

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Great Brainstorming Ideas for the Classroom for Both Students and Teachers

“Brainstorming” is an often-used term for developing innovative ideas. Google gives the following definition for brainstorming: Brainstorming is a group problem-solving method that involves the spontaneous contribution of creative ideas and solutions. This technique requires intensive, freewheeling discussion in which every member of the group is encouraged to think aloud and suggest as many ideas

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Riddles – The Way of Fostering Your Children’s Thinking

There are no riddles to the fact that Novak Djokovic’s name suggests only one thing: Tennis Champion. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that he has a personal foundation with a Website which promotes preschool education, especially in his native Serbia. As part of that Website I found the following interesting page. It promotes the

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Group work for students done well works, done wrong is like a time bomb waiting to explode! 

Classroom Management for Classroom Group Work Group work for students not done well is going to explode on YOU, if it is not done right. You’re going to have to bring the class volume back down from ear piercing to normal. You’re going to have to get Johnny and Sally to stop fighting, you’re going to have

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More Family Activities for Hallow E’en: the Theme is Black, Black, Black…

We’re on a family activities roll here: let’s cook and bake up some more good-tasting black stuff for Hallow e’en. Yes, you and your friends can eat them. But you can also hand them out for trick or treat, or serve them at Hallow e’en parties. This is seasonally appropriate colour themes for the spookiest

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Family Activities: Make Spooky Skeleton Cookies for Halloween

Just ask yourself what are the special holidays each year that specifically catch kid’s attention? Well, Hallow e’en must be considered one of them. Different cultures mark that day (and the next) in special ways and with different family activities. But we can make our own practices and and traditions surrounding this significant time of

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Early Teaching of Reading Skills Unleashes the Unique Potential in Each of Your Students

It was one of those beautiful fall days. Sunny, just a comfortable temperature. A slight breeze stirred the tinted leaves. Then, as I turned my vehicle into a narrow side street, I encountered a traffic jam! Hundreds of elementary school students were walking towards me on the narrow street. They were out on a charity

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Jokes for the Kids – Classroom Management Techniques to Start the School Day Off Just Right

Humour is the best medicine. So goes the old statement. You can start off your day with some of this gentle medicine and get everyone in the best of moods so they are eady for the more serious stuff coming later on. Here are a few jokes you can try on your subjects: https://www.cbc.ca/kids/watch/video/2059067459970 Have

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