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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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Inclusion or Mainstreaming?

Lat20130329-180358.jpgely I have been driven by circumstances to be more reflective. What really happens in classrooms? Are our ideals met by practice?

Inclusion and mainstreaming have been used interchangeably but according to Katy Arnett in CAP Journal, 2013, the philosophies are very different. Inclusion should socially and academically benefit all children in a classroom even if they have different abilities and needs. Mainstreaming gives students with special needs access to the general ed classroom but the “different” abilities are not viewed as the teacher’s responsibility and peers work beside each other rather than with each other.

research showed that inclusive teaching practice was facilitated through the use of questioning that helped to build students towards more complex and challenging ideas, rather than take for granted that the students immediately and clearly understood the concepts under study before moving onto more complex questions
(Jordan et al., 1997, as cited in Arnett, 2013, p. 16)

the concept of ‘differentiation’ has also been heralded as a way to support inclusive teaching practice.
(Tomlinson 1999; 2001; Tomlinson & McTighe, 2006, as cited in Arnett, 2013, p. 16)

So the challenge is to turn ideals into reality. Do our practices reflect what we believe to be most beneficial to all? Can we start with becoming more aware and move towards becoming more proactive?  I realize the issues are complex but the ideal is worth the ongoing discussion.

Meeting New Friends

Our theme this month is “Community Building”. This was a visual for some time spent with the grade five class. It was meant to give the kids specific tools for making others feel protected and valuable, especially those kids that are new to the community.

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My Classroom

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I want my classroom to feel like a home away from home. I want the kids who don’t like school to have a different vibe here. I want it to feel safe.

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