Learning Out Loud!

Sharing the Journey - As best I can

Talking About Communication – Comprehensive Strategy

Here is the second in a series of Podcasts on Communication in Education – This one focuses on a Comprehensive Communication System. The mix volume is loud, so don’t have your volume all the way up. You can download the podcast here. Here are the slides from my presentation: Download the slide show here: here.…

Talking About Communication – Mentor/Mentee

Here is the first in a series of Podcasts on Communication in Education – This one focuses on the relationship between Mentors and Mentees. Enjoy! Download MP3 You can find a one page handout here. Here are the links to the tools talked about in the podcast: Google Apps Fresh Grade Remind Twitter Sesame Facebook

And the Excitement Grows!

I am so excited to be learning from Marian Small tomorrow at her Math Leadership institute. I have been very grateful for the learning opportunities I have had with Kristin Phillips, a lead math learner in the WRDSB, and I hope to add to my knowledge bank with Marian Small tomorrow. I have never felt…

Tales from the Past: Kindergarten

Early in my career, I was OTing (supply teaching) in a Kindergarten class when a little girl came up to me and asked if I could hold her hair elastic. Being naive, I said “Of Course”. As she placed it in my hand, I noticed it was wet. I asked her what happened. Her response,…

Codenames – The Next Day

I continue to be impressed by the conversation that Codenames is eliciting in my students. Hearing the discussion on a clue of “Birds:5” was interesting to see how they could connect it to as many cards as possible. I also added in the “0” clue, where I tell them at least one card/concept that is…

What’s in a Name?

Name Codenames and Codenames Pictures Players 2 – Lots Play Time 5 – 20 minutes per round Game Style Group Play/Discussion, Clue Giving, Connection Making Codenames is a great party game that makes you consider how different words or pictures relate to each other. You are a codemaster, in a race to reveal your spy…

TID – Day 30 – Bananas to Oranges

Name Apples to Apples Players 4 – Lots Play Time As variable as you want Game Style Matching Nouns to Adjectives Apples to Apples is a wonderful little game that takes word knowledge in a whole new direction. Each round, one player is determined to be a judge and overturns an adjective. Each other player…

TID – Day 29 – It’s Rile Tummy!

Name Rummikub Players 2 – 4 Play Time 30 minutes Game Style Number Collection Rummikub is a nice little tile collection game. Played like Rummy, you are collecting and laying tiles until all of yours are gone. This is a cottage game that translates quite nicely to the classroom. Direct Curricular Applicability: High – Number…