Introducing the Following for 2014

New for 2014

1. “NonFiction Fridays” – Fridays are devoted to non-fiction text!
Reading books as well as online news sites.
a) Have a ton(!) of books spread around the room hidden in corners and nooks for children to “hunt for”.  Choice is important: Students can choose to read alone, with friends, in groups.
b) Fire up our computers and check out these “news sites” for students:
P.S. Stories can be of a sensitive nature … so always preview!
c) As a starting point consider the use of these Graphic Organizers when recording ideas, observations, opinions & questions:

2. “Calendar Math” Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays (This term we will include cells for “odd & even”, “factors & multiples”, “multiplication & division”, “All the ways to make ….”.) Google & Pinterest have tons of example pintables to view and make your own.

3. Mindfulness in the Classroom – for more information view the following:
a) What is Mindfulness? &

4. “Habits of Mind” – Class meeting theme – for information view the following:
a) Integrating the 16 Habits of Mind:
d) Kingsway College in Toronto has truly embraced this concept: “Habits of Mind, Body & Action”. They have fulfilled those promise/goal. Please visit their school site to learn more!

What are you planning to embrace, include, do differently in 2014?
We would love to hear from you!

Happy New Year!


P.S. I recently came across this site which I found quite practical : dolch/frye



3 responses to “Introducing the Following for 2014

  1. In 2014 I want to:
    1. Use edcanvas (or something similar) to create independent lessons for the kids to work through
    2. REALLY make use of the fact that we just became a 1:1 classroom!!


  2. I am a 1:1 classroom too!
    Every student has brought in their own laptop …. love it!

    • We already had 2 desktops, my teacher laptop, and I had checked 5 thinkpad small laptops out from our library permanently til the end of the year. Then we got a donation of 8 refurbished laptops. We are in heaven!!

      I created a protopage recently and am wanting them to use it daily for website links, directions, agendas, etc. 🙂


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