Monday, 22 April 2019

Best Assess Student Writing


Evaluating student writing can be one of the most time consuming tasks a teacher can face.  It takes time and mental energy to read 30 (or more!) unique pieces of writing.  Especially when you consider the fact that each student is on their own learning journey and will likely require different feedback to help them grow to the next level in their writing ability.  There are ways to streamline the process and hand some of the assessment off to the student.  Here are some suggestions for methods to best assess student writing at all stages of the process.

Friday, 29 March 2019

6 Ways to Encourage Your Reluctant Writers


Go into any classroom and you'll find reluctant writers.  Some will tell you writing is boring.  Others will say it's too hard.  Some students are afraid to begin because they don't know if their idea is good enough.  So, how do we engage these reluctant writers?  These 6 strategies will be sure to help you find success with any reluctant writer.

Monday, 4 March 2019

7 Strategies to Help Your Students Read for Information



Reading for information is a life-long skill.  Students who have strong reading comprehension skills understand what they read (and know when they do not!).   Learners require direct instruction of comprehension skills in order to improve.  We want our students to think about their thinking before, during, and after reading.  Whether you're not sure how to support your students, or you're looking for some fresh new ideas, this post is for you!

Monday, 18 February 2019

4 Ways to Add Real-Life and Hands-On Experiences to your Science Curriculum



One of the pieces of feedback I often get is that teachers struggle to find meaningful ways to integrate hands-on or real-life experiences in their Science lessons.  Teachers say that they don't have the time to plan these experiences, or that they are too costly.  I'm going to dispel those ideas and have 4 easy ways for you to add hands-on to your next Science lesson regardless of your curricular content.

Sunday, 3 February 2019

5 Free Ideas for Valentines Day


Holidays at school are always about finding a balance between learning and having to scrape the children off the ceiling. 

I've rounded up 5 ideas for you to have fun on Valentine's day, while still covering some meaningful outcomes.  And, best of all, they're FREE!

Monday, 28 January 2019

An Introduction to Standards Based Assessment in the Elementary Classroom


Standards based assessment is a method teachers can use to report student mastery of learning outcomes.  Rather than accumulate point scores, teachers gather evidence of student learning through a variety of formal and informal activities.  Students are able to practice skills multiple times, which allows teachers the opportunity to provide specific strength-based feedback and suggestions for growth.