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Educational Assistants

Educational assistants (EA’s) are so valuable in a school! The best qualifications of an EA are patience, love, creativity, and consistency. In my opinion, those qualities far outweigh any courses that may have been completed.
EA’s help provide students with the needed support to function within the classroom.

Here you see a big dice (di?) that one EA created in her ‘spare’ time. Also, a tactile ecosystem model. Both are examples of how an EA is making inclusion successful.

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Indoor Recess

A rainy day and an indoor recess provides us an opportunity to try out the lift!

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A Think ‘N Roll

One of my students really likes this thingy called a “Think ‘N Roll”. It is a tool for fidgeting feet.
It can make noise so I have cautioned students that when that happens it is no longer an effective tool helping them to listen and will be put away for a time.
This is discreet, keeps kids from tipping the chair, and it is simple to add or remove. It costs $9. at School Specialty Canada. Unfortunately shipping and handling can add a chunk but I was ordering a bunch of stuff since there are some neat tools available.

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Anyone Have a Chromebook?

Our school now has a class set of chrome books in grade 8. This meant I wanted to figure out accessibility options. ChromeVox is a text to speech option on the Chromebook. It took awhile but I think I’ve finally figured out how to use it. I made a little laminated card that students can stick right to their Chromebook (although one student of mine does not want it visible and I respect that). Message me if you need a downloadable copy.

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The Cabinet of Many Colours

The Cabinet of Many Colours

I moved to a smaller classroom. Time to get creative with the furniture. This is an old microwave cart. My husband helped me make it into a storage and display cabinet on one side and a pocket chart and chart paper holder on the other. The cabinet is on wheels. I like keeping my classroom simple and uncluttered. With this multipurpose cabinet I don’t have to make all these things visible at once.

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Get to Know Eachother Free Downloadable Activity

I found this free activity that I made for students that struggle with speech and language but I think it would be a great activity for a class or small group at the beginning of the year. Click here.

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Poster Of Highlighting Strategy

Poster Of Highlighting Strategy

I was just making a poster for using highlighters and thought I’d share.  I will colour, or have my students colour, the code they want.  For example, blue highlighter for “important / main ideas”, pink highlighter for “ask” and yellow highlighter for “look up / find more info”.

I also made a blank poster for using when doing a research essay.  I have my students cut and paste lots of notes.  Then, when reading through the notes, students use different colour highlighters to show the different points they will make in their essay.  For example an essay about the danger of microwave popcorn could use blue highlighting for points related to the nutrition of microwave popcorn, pink highlighting for the chemicals in microwave popcorn, and yellow highlighting for the chemicals in the packaging of microwave popcorn.  Once this highlighting is done in the notes, students can easily write a rough copy, compiling the same colour ideas and putting them into their own words.

 

Highlighter Poster

Highlighter Poster Blank

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A Girls’ Group

Salvaging Sisterhood 1

 

Salvaging Sisterhood 2

 

I am just completing 8 sessions of Salvaging Sisterhood with the grade seven girls of our school.  What a privilege to have a chance like this to get to know these girls in a time spent away from math and reading.  The lit candles were our candles of confidentiality (battery operated) and the box contains affirmation sentences that the girls take with them after each session to help them battle the negative things they may tell themselves.

It has been busy, but well worth the time.  Highly recommend this curriculum.

A Way To Relax

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I made a relaxing jar and it really works! I adjusted the contents so that when the jar is shaken it takes approximately 3 minutes to settle. Our kindergarten teacher made one too. It can be used to diffuse a temper or distract a child that is upset. I have students that find it very soothing. Thank you to my colleague that sent me the link.

Teaching About Nonfiction Text

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We were learning about the features of nonfiction text. We put these flip books in our interactive notebook. It was free at the TPT store. Check it out here.

After this, we took iPads to the library, took pictures of different features and the students made a shadow puppet, emailing the final product to me.
Check out this one (see if you can find the one misake):

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