Friends, Learning, Making and Playing…a Conversation with Kindergartners

"School is fun." "I like playing with my friends." "I like that we go to centers and have fun, and play together as friends." "I love that I have a lot of friends here, and we do a lot of activities. I like learning and reading here." "I like my teachers and my friends, and … Continue reading Friends, Learning, Making and Playing…a Conversation with Kindergartners

Grade 5 Science: Human Organ Systems and Dissecting Frogs

I cut the top of my thumb yesterday slicing up a lime for shrimp skewers on the BBQ. This morning, I went to open a new band-aid and, for some reason, the band-aid had frogs on it. This reminded me of an event Science Timmins facilitated as a culminating activity for my Grade 5 science … Continue reading Grade 5 Science: Human Organ Systems and Dissecting Frogs

Making Thinking Visible with the Shadow Puppet App in K-2

A couple of months ago, I was asked to present to Kindergarten teachers about how to use the Shadow Puppet EDU app for iPad and iPhone, and how students can use this tool to make their thinking visible in an interactive, engaging and intuitive way. The Shadow Puppet app allows students to create videos, presentations … Continue reading Making Thinking Visible with the Shadow Puppet App in K-2

Live from New York, it’s Dave Ruch!

Yesterday, students at St. Paul School, as well as other schools in Timmins, across Canada and the U.S., had the opportunity to participate in a free, live and very interactive concert by Dave Ruch.  Dave is a teaching artist who captivates audiences with his musicality, personality and impeccable timing: "Show me those teeth!  Beautiful - … Continue reading Live from New York, it’s Dave Ruch!

Google Slides Presentation: Indigenous Math Games

My students learned how to play two different Aboriginal math games (more can be found here).  They had fun playing Throw Sticks and Stick Dice, games originating with the Apaches in the Southwest United States and the Pomo Indians of California, respectively. During large celebrations that would last about four days, nations would get together … Continue reading Google Slides Presentation: Indigenous Math Games

Clarity

Some of my students struggle with division.  I have taught a strategy called flexible division to see if they would find it easier.  It is essentially using the multiplication of friendly numbers and "keeping track" of these numbers on the side of your division problem.  For example, if you are dividing 85 into 2 groups, … Continue reading Clarity