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Classroom Technology Usage Posters

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As we use more and more technology in our classrooms, I find myself getting confused about which students I can post pictures of on our classroom website, twitter and who is allowed to skype.

At the beginning of the year, when you collect your technology in the classroom permission forms, you can make these posters so that students, staff and visitors know which students they can take pictures of.  It is also a great reminder for you to remember who not to post on your classroom blog and twitter account.

If you know me well, you know that I have a love for Mario Brothers. Here are some examples of the posters using Mario and Luigi.

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This resource should be printed and displayed on your classroom wall and should be easily seen in the classroom.

Click on any of the pictures or on this link to get the free downloadable resource with the 4 different display options.

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Focusing on Learning

During the last Ontario Edchat we were chatting about Report Cards. It was an amazing discussion that really made me start thinking. We should be focusing on our students learning, not just assessing for grades. I decided to create these learning focused worksheets that your students can use to see what they knew about the topic before the unit and what they learned after the unit is completed. In an ideal world I would use these sheets unit after unit so that the routine is automatic and the students feel confident about it. Here are the two different versions.


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The next one I thought would be neat to do more of a brainstorm on. The students can fill out what they know about a particular subject and fill in the box attached to “What I think I know” in one colour. At the end of the unit they can add what they learned about that topic but in another colour and add another colour to the box attached to “What I know now.” I decided to choose the wording “What I think I know” because it makes the students feel more comfortable to write things down and when they are writing about their learnings after the unit is complete they can cross out what they learned is not true.

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Please let me know what you think of these printables in the comments and let me know if you used them.

IEP’s at a Glance

I don’t know about you but I have several IEP’s on the go and have a hard time keeping them all straight. All of the IEP at a glance sheets I found were one student per page but sometimes you just need a quick reference. This is what I created to help myself, and I hope you find it useful.  To download this, please click on the poster.

IEP at a Glance (2)

Staples School Tools – An Easy Fundraising Solution

Fundraising for schools is a top priority these days. Technology is so essential for 21st century learning that we need more money than ever to spend in our classrooms.

On Christmas Break, I was getting ready to go back to work and that of course meant a trip to Staples. My husband and I decided to stock up on essentials since Staples was having their Teacher Appreciation sale. I ran into the Manager of the store, Barry Caplan and he shared with me their ‘School Tools’ fundraiser.


Staples School Tools, is a school supplies kit that is created by teachers, in and for your school, and assembled by Staples. For example, let’s say next year I want my students to come to school with 2 glue sticks, one set of markers, one set of crayons, one set of pencil crayons, a 12 pack of pencils, and 2 erasers. You arrange this with Staples and they send an ordering sheet that you send home to parents. Parents sign up for the kit and pay Staples. Staples does the rest for you. They package up the supplies for you, label it with the child’s name and class and deliver it to your school FOR FREE.

The best part of all of this is that Staples School Tools is an easy and super convenient fundraiser. The school gets to add additional money to the kit price so your school can earn fundraising money on every kit your school sells.

I think this is a huge benefit to schools and teachers. Schools, you can have an easy fundraiser for your school that benefits your students, classrooms and saves parents time. Teachers, you get to pick out exactly what supplies you want to be delivered to your classroom. This can be craft supplies, stickers, markers, kleenex or anything that Staples carries.

Seems like a win win to me.

Speaking of winning, please sign up for a chance to win a $50 gift card for Staples. The winner will be emailed here on Monday January 26th, 2015. Contest only open to Canadians.

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To know more about School Tools, please click here or you can email Barry Caplan at

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Staples. As always, the opinions in this post are my own.

Drama in the Primary Classroom

Drama in the Primary Classroom-October 8th, 2014
Instructors: Susanna Donato and Jacquie Pinard

-for drama and dance lessons

Classroom Management:
-have a noise meter for the class to see and understand
-secret during group sessions so others don’t know what they are doing
-audience behaviour
-get students to perform in groups or pairs

-Goal is not to smile
-someone walks around trying to make someone smile
-if they smile, the student walks around helping getting them to not smile too
-can’t cover their mouth

Activity- noise freeze
-when the teacher makes a noise, you choose a position and freeze and hold it

Activity-Fabrics or objects
-give each student a piece of fabric or objects
-get them to create a story about the fabric or objects

Play in a bag
-place a bunch of of items in a bag, get them to make a story/ play about all the objects

Activity: Toilet Paper costume
-provide the students with clothespins, masking tape, and toilet paper
-make a costume with a theme


Our theme was Superheroes: My costume is Captain Underpants
Activity: Photocopy one page of a story and student groups act out one page and then the whole class acts out the whole story one page at a time
-get students to act out one page of a story
-use props

Activity: Tableau
-like a picture, frozen bodies to make a picture
-give them something to act out and other students have to guess

Activity: Tableau with paintings
-look at picture/painting and students act out before or after the scene
-student have to guess it is before or after

Activity: Miming
-students need to think slow, exaggerated, big gesture, create a few mannerisms for your character
-examples: Charlie Chaplin, Marcel Marceau, Mr Bean
-have an invisible ball of clay and pass it along to the next person to create something

Activity: Mining certain characters
-give them a hand out with a characters on it, get them to act it out and get the others to guess

Activity: act a team to show a machine
-all team members have to be involved and part of the machine

Activity: using fabric as props
-make a tableau using a fabric as a part of a set

Activity: Give a story about an object
-come up a memorable story about that object, share hwy it is important to you

Activity: Too Much Noise ( a book)
-give the students an animal they are in charge of making that particular animal sound

Activity: Soundscape
-get one group to sit in a circle facing in, closed eyes,
-the other team walks around creating sounds that would be a specific place ie: Wonderland, Scuba Divers

Activity: Puppets
-Create or use pre-made puppets
-need to name their puppet, make a voice that fits their puppet, and mannerisms

Elements of Drama:
Time and PLace
Focus and Emphasis

Classroom Set Up Ideas:
-clip on lights on shelves for spot lighting
-tape off the ‘stage’ foreground, middle ground, background so the students know where to stand.

-remind them to face the audience
-better to video tape the play to assess each child

Amy Bowker, Teacher

Free Teacher Planner

Hey guys,

Last year I really wanted to buy a teaching planner but didn’t want to spend the money and found that all of the premade ones didn’t fit my schedule or what I wanted.

So I created my own! It has:

  • fun, inspiration cover
  • place for your info
  • spot for birthdays
  • classroom volunteers
  • student/parent contact information
  • How students get home
  • monthly calendar
  • at a glance monthly teaching benchmarks
  • pages for staff & grade meetings
  • and Notes/ideas pages

For some reason, uploaded onto Google Docs it messes up the pages, so you may have to play around with it a bit. When you download it to Word, the alignment is perfect.

Click here for the Google Drive version or here for the pdf version.

Make sure you print this planner double sided!

Here are some pictures of the planner.






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