Resources

  • This Idea Must Die – Education Edition

    In March 2015, the highly entertaining and thought-provoking guys at the Freakonomics podcast aired an episode titled This Idea Must Die. In it, they interviewed scientists about which commonly held ideas, previously supported by research, they felt should “die”. In many cases, these myths and misconceptions were keeping people from investigating other avenues; in others people were misinterpreting a finding that held them back from truly understanding the purpose of the study. Freakonomics is one of the podcasts on my favourites list that I never miss, even if it might take me a few weeks to catch up… As usual,…

  • FETC!

    Tomorrow I will be embarking on some very exciting professional development – the Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC), in Orlando. If you’d like to know what a makerspace is, how to make use of game based learning, or dozens of other educational technology initiatives that I have on my list to learn more about, then check in here over the next week! I’m looking forward to hearing Jane McGonigal, playing to learn guru, and 686 other speakers from around the States and the world. Well, I might not have time to get to all 687, but I’ve already got a…

  • How to Integrate Curriculum into Daily 5

    Many teachers I have talked to LOVE The Daily Five program for many reasons; however one common complaint is that it leaves teachers feeling short on time for their mandated curriculum. Teacher Kelly Chamberlian at Rainbow Creek found a way around this. She combined her unit on First Nations’ of Alberta (Social Studies) within the “framework” of Daily 5. She was able to achieve this by: Read to Self/Someone: Having the children read aboriginal legends and other relavent resources Work on Writing: Read Paul Goble story and respond using specified activities: Predict and Check, Research, Read and visually represent using…

  • 6 great Daily 5 “Word Work” activities for K, Gr. 1, Gr. 2

    So I was in my friend’s Gr. 1 class the other day and noticed that she had some great ideas for “word work” activities for Daily 5. Although they are very similar, they allow students to use and access different parts of their brain while working with words: 1) The first activity has students select a card with a a word on it and then manipulate plastic letters in order to create the words on the card. 2) Uses Spelling Bee Game by Learning Resources where students have to fill in the missing vowel. Which allows an opportunity to teach…

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