Classroom Cleaning Hacks

Tweet It’s hard to keep on top of everything that you need to complete in order to run your classroom creatively, efficiently, and effectively. That’s why cleaning may end up at the bottom of your to-do lists.  It’s hard enough to keep up with class prep, let alone clean countertops. But a cleaner class environment […]

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How Colour Affects Learning and Memory Performance

Tweet Colours are an inevitable part of the surrounding world. It’s no secret they can powerfully influence our mood and emotions. They are frequently used in commercial sectors, like advertising and interior design to trigger emotional reactions to certain products and services. But did you know that colours can also be used in education – be it […]

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Reschoolutions

Tweet Ah, January.  A time for new beginnings.  I love the idea that in the school year, we have two beginnings: one in September and one in January.  January always seems like a great time to take a look at how far we’ve come over the past few months, see where we need to go, […]

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How Classroom Design Affects Learning

Tweet The performance and progress of children in school is dependent on a number of factors, from the quality of the content they are being taught, the teaching methods and reinforcement of these lessons to their environment and their visceral responses to classroom surroundings. The latter dictates that it is important to build a positive […]

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Create Something!

Tweet The Teacher Art Retreat is underway and we have an excited group of educators.  Today we move, tomorrow we listen and Wednesday we decoupage.  All through the three days we will be puppeteering, drumming, creating and growing as we learn new skills and develop our talents as artists and teachers.  I can’t wait to […]

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Classroom Design: A Little Like Barnes & Noble

Tweet The layout and design of any space can impact the mood and productivity for the individuals intended to use the area. Prior to becoming a teacher, I studied interior design at Michigan State University for three years. I have come to learn how critical ergonomics and aesthetics can be when designing a space, especially […]

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Trapper Keepers of the Future

Tweet By now, it is almost axiomatic that new technologies such as tablets and laptops improve classroom performance. A good portion of those performance gains are due to the following: internet connectivity better note taking a higher degree of engagement multimedia learning tools, etc. But that only tells one part of the story. The overlooked benefit of new technology […]

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Memory Bags and Storytelling

Tweet In the first week of school this year, I asked my students to create a “Memory Bag” and now the students are creating great stories out of the objects they have collected.  The idea came from an article in a recent Responsive Classroom newsletter. A Bag of Memories I began by using objects in […]

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