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Introducing Google Classroom

I knew the second that I was told that I would be teaching Grade 6 next year that I would be using Google Classroom with my students.


I decided that in the first week of school I would introduce Classroom, get them to join our online Classroom and introduce a very simple but fun get to know you slideshow. First, I showed them my “All about me” Project and then showed them how to access theirs.

I made each student a template in which they could create their own “All about me” Project.

This is what it looks like in Classroom.

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I only showed my students how to write in the slides and add pictures. I was amazed that some students were so excited about this that they figured out how to change the text colour, insert gif’s, and change the theme of the slides.

A great first project using Classroom!

*NOTE: Even though it says 6 are not done, they just forgot to turn them in.



Learning Skills-Self Assessing and Reflecting

I created the below document to help my students learn about the learning skills we assess them on in Ontario. I am going to give them this document at the beginning of the year so that they can create goals about these learning skills. I want my students to  be able to self-assess and reflect on what they can do better for the next term.

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Click on the picture for the link.


Get Connected: Professionally and in your Classroom

On July 14th, 15th, and 16th I was honoured to present “Get Connected: Professionally and in your Classroom” for ETFO’s Summer Academy. I was a 3 day course that I created, organized and presented.

Maybe you are interested in this course but could not attend so I’ve decided to share my 3 day presentation and resources I used in the course with you.

The course covers:

To get the entire course, click on the picture below

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Crowdsourcing the Ontario Curriculum

Scott Monahan has started an amazing collaboration project. He is trying to gather all of the Ontario Curriculum on one spreadsheet/database for easy referencing. He is asking for teachers to help and choose a grade and subject to enter into the Google Form he has created.

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If we all chip in and do our part, an amazing resource will be created for all Ontario educators to use. If you help out, you will also have your name on the document when it is completed. What a great idea and opportunity!

If you are interested in helping out, check out the website here.



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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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.

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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.


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