Teaching Moments: Valentine’s Day Game

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This game is just that.   All you need is a set of dice for half the class and the handout, leaving both the prep and needed materials minimal.  I used this as an early finisher activity all the way up to grade 8 (even the older kids like a break to be a kid now and again) or paired it with a Valentine’s day picture book to turn it into a math activity for the primary grades.  I always kept the students switching partners which made this is a great social and interactive activity that fills up the spare moments of time before transitioning to something else.

Here is the pdf version of the activity for you to download: Love Bug Game

Teaching Moments: Fairytales and Story Retelling

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My best graduate course at the moment, bar none, is Computer Applications in Education.  It is no secret why I am so enamored by this course – I love technology.  Ed Tech is my most pervasive professional interest.  My technological inclinations have led me to sit on my school district’s Educational Technology Advisory Committee, as well as be apart of a research team at my  university that created and lead professional development workshops on how to integrate and utilize different educational technologies into ones teaching.  Personally, I strive to include an array of modalities into my curriculum but I do rely heavily on modern technological tools to create my own handouts (like the ones below), as well as construct a curriculum that engages and stimulates my students.

As for this particular course, it has a special education focus, with a heavy emphasis on UDL and assistive technology.  Each week we focus on a novel technology that we get to test out and play around -some I have experience with and some are brand new.  At the moment we have been asked to adapt a previous unit plan to include assistive technologies in order to better meet the needs of the exceptional students in our classrooms.  We opted to use my fractured fairytale unit which focuses on story retelling and imaginative writing.  Below you will find a few of the resources and handouts I devised (using great educational technologies) for this unit that I thought I would share. Continue reading “Teaching Moments: Fairytales and Story Retelling”

Teaching Moments: Math Games

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As of next week, I will begin a teaching position doing math intervention for at risk students in a Harlem Public School.  I am incredibly, heart pumping excited for this next chapter in my teaching career.  My work in Harlem will be unlike any of my previous experiences as a Canadian public school teacher.   I am confident that as I work to teach my students mastery over the mathematical concepts that they will be teaching me equally as much about what it is to be a thoughtful, culturally aware, engaged educator.  I am eager to grow my professional competencies as I experience the grind and joys of inner city, urban teaching.  So with all the excitement in me building, and my patience to begin waning,  all I can do is start to plan by scouring my  math materials to see what might be applicable to my new students.  I have unearthed a few games that I have created and used in my math classroom that I thought I should share with the greater teaching world. Throughout my teaching career I have always struggled to find resources that reflect my exact vision for my curriculum or meet the precise, unique needs of my students.  So as a result I tend to devise all my own worksheets, games and handouts.  Often my creations are inspired by things I see done by others or a need I see arising in a child, but in the end I tailor my inspirations into something that aligns with my educational philosophy. So with that in mind, please use these resources, adapt them and if possible give me your feedback so I can better them in the future.   Continue reading “Teaching Moments: Math Games”