Thursday, December 31, 2015

100 days of school

Hello Hello, I've teamed up with a group of amazing teachers to bring you this linky party. 


The 100th day of school is just around the corner! 
This day is so much fun!

Here's a list of simple activities that can help you 
celebrate with your students PLUS a FREEBIE.

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My top 10 favorite ideas from 

1. Challenge your class to read 100 books.

2. Brainstorm with students a list of machines that can go faster than 100 miles per hour.

3. Challenge students to collect 100 autographs.

4. Have small groups of students flip a coin 100 times and record the results in a table or graph.

5. Have each student finish the sentence "If I had $100..."

6. Challenge students to tell 100 jokes.

7. Ask students to make as many words as possible using the letters in the words ONE HUNDRED.

8. Challenge kids to do 100 jumping jacks.

9. Plant 100 seeds with your students.

10. Challenge students to perform 100 acts of kindness.

My top 3 favorite ideas from

1. 100 shapes mural
Make a 100 Shapes Mural Activity

2. 100th day of school recycle craft
100th Day of School Recycle Craft Activity

3. 100th day of school "Tree of me"
100th Day of School

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Ressource GRATUITE d'hiver




FREEBIE - Clothes pin numbers




Saturday, December 12, 2015

Differentiation through Multiple Intelligences

Differentiation in the classroom is not an option anymore.
Is it difficult? Maybe
Does it take time? Probably
Will it motivate your students? Yes!
Will it help them learn? Absolutely!

The trick to differentiation is taking baby steps.

Teaching with Multiple Intelligences is an easy and fun way to start differentiating today.

What are Multiple Intelligences?
Well, we all know the two most visible and dominant intelligences in the school system are linguistic and logical-mathematical. Why? That’s simple…because of the curriculum.

The theory of Multiple Intelligences was developed in 1983 by Dr. Howard Gardner.
It suggests that the traditional notion of intelligence, based on I.Q. is far too limited. 
Dr. Gardner says that we should place equal attention on individuals who show gifts in the other intelligences: the artists, architects, musicians, naturalists, designers, dancers, therapists, entrepreneurs, and others who enrich the world in which we live. 

Here are the different Multiple Intelligences:
      Multiple Intelligences                       Kid friendly terms
Word Smart
Number Smart
Art or Picture Smart
Music Smart
Nature Smart
People Smart
Self Smart
Body Smart

Everybody has a bit of each intelligence. But some are more dominant that others.

The trick is finding what each person is good at. How they learn. How they think.
It’s important to tell your students that liking something doesn’t mean that they have THAT specific intelligence as a strength.
I’ll explain. I love listening to music all the time. It gives me energy and I like hearing sounds and rhythms. But that doesn’t mean that musical intelligence is one of my strengths. That I’m Music Smart.  In fact, it is one of my least dominant intelligences. So don’t forget…liking something doesn’t mean that it’s your strength.

So how can you differentiate your teaching with Multiple Intelligences?
You don’t have to teach or learn something in all eight ways, but take the time to see what the possibilities are when you plan for your week.

Here are key words that can help you differentiate 
your teaching with multiple intelligences.
Writing, speaking, vocabulary, words puzzles, interviews, reading, spelling
Math games, logic puzzles, numbers, computer games, problem solving and thinking activities, patterns
Pictures, diagrams, sculptures, puppets, drawing, puzzles, building, mind maps, montage using pictures
Music, songs, instruments, rhythmic language, poetry
Plants, pets, classifying, natural objects, environment, outdoors
Reflections, journaling, self-directed projects, goal-setting, independent
Cooperative groups, interviews, board games, people, social
Sports, role-playing, movement, building, fine and gross motor skills, learn with the body

The trick is to think outside the box and give students options. This will empower them!

Maybe they don’t need to show their knowledge on paper. Paper is okay but not all the time. And not for all students.

Some of you are probably thinking: How will we assess them?
Maybe they can explain it or role-play their learning. Maybe they can draw it or create a montage. Maybe they can prepare a Powerpoint or write a book of information. Maybe they can record their knowledge.

There are so many options.
THE question you should ask your students is: How can you show me what you have learned? The trick is to involve students by asking them how they can show what they have learned. They will come up with so many different ideas. When they realize that their teacher is open to differentiation, they will share their ideas and be motivated to come to school.

Another way to differentiate in class is by offering students the possibility to work on self-directed projects. Sometimes, self-directed projects have NOTHING to do with learning. NOTHING to do with the curriculum. For some kids, it has everything to do with MOTIVATION. Here are some examples chosen by my students.
20 to 30 minutes to:
  • -      Read
  • -      Create a PowerPoint of their choice.
  • -      Help students in a lower level once a week.
  • -      Plan a lesson that they will teach in class.
  • -      Help out the physical education teacher once a week.
  • -      Write a book.
  • -      Learn a new skill. (Examples: How to make bracelets?, How to make a smoothie?)

I usually choose specific times for self-directed projects: during morning work, library or reading. Some other times can be chosen to accommodate my colleagues.

I always promise my students that they will have at least one self-directed project during the school year.  First, I meet with a student and ask him what he would like to do. Then, I tell him what day and time he can work on his project. After a few days, I meet with another student. And then another...

You can start this at any time. When I meet with my students, I always tell them that it is their responsibility to remember their day. If they miss it, they don’t get to work on their project the next day. This helps students to become more autonomous. I have been doing this for many years and I can promise you that students do NOT forget their day.  They are very motivated to work on something they have chosen, with my help of course.

Thank you for reading!

Clipart and font by:
Kimberly Geswein FontsCara Taylor

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Centre d'écriture - Atelier d'écriture

Les situations d'écriture peuvent être plaisantes pour plusieurs élèves mais pénibles pour d'autres.

Vous avez surement déjà entendu la phrase: Je ne sais pas quoi écrire! OU Je n'ai pas d'idée! Et bien, c'est la réalité. Plusieurs enfants ont le syndrôme de la page blanche.

Avez-vous un centre d'écriture en classe? Ce n'est pas magique mais ces étapes simples pourront certainement vous aider:
Avoir un centre d'écriture en classe et présenter chaque affiche: lettre, histoire, poème, etc.

Consacrer du temps à écrire:  Je recommande entre 3 à 5 périodes d'écriture par semaine.

Avant l'écriture: Demandez aux élèves où ils se situent dans le processus d'écriture. Sont-ils dans la préécriture, la correction, la publication?

Processus d'écriture:

Cette information est importante puisqu'elle permettra de cibler les élèves qui auront besoin d'aide avec les idées, les outils de correction ou autres.  

Avant de laisser écrire les élèves, c'est à ce moment qu'une mini-leçon devrait être présentée. La mini-leçon est déterminée par les besoins des élèves et par les résultats d'apprentissage à enseigner pendant l'année.

Pendant l'écriture: Circuler, aider, rencontrer des petits groupes, corriger, questionner, lire des écrits, etc.

Après l'écriture: C'est à ce moment que les élèves peuvent partager leurs écrits. Il est important de choisir des élèves qui sont dans différentes étapes du processus d'écriture et non seulement ceux qui ont terminé la publication. L'objectif est de motiver les élèves et de leur donner des idées. 

Si vous cherchez un centre d'écriture pour votre salle de classe, voici une ressource disponible dans ma boutique. Si vous avez déjà un centre d'écriture, n'oubliez pas de télécharger la page d'idées gratuite plus bas.

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Centre d'écriture = écrire écrire écrire

Les élèves peuvent placer leur cahier d'écriture ainsi que la page d'idées dans un pochette comme celle-ci. Vous pouvez en acheter au Dollarama. 

Vous pouvez imprimer cette page gratuite en couleur et la placer dans la pochette. Voilà la trousse d'écriture! Cette page aidera certainement les élèves dans l'étape de préécriture.

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Monday, October 26, 2015

Tableau d'enrichissement

Si vous êtes un enseignant, vous savez que la gestion de classe est un aspect très important dans le quotidien. C'est une gestion efficace qui vous permettra de vivre une belle année avec vos élèves.

La gestion de classe demande à l'enseignant de prévoir TOUT!
- Des cliniques
- Des élèves lents
- Des élèves rapides 
- Des élèves bruyants
- Manque de temps
- Il reste du temps
- Matériel
- Regroupements

Et je pourrais continuer...

Une technique qui fonctionne bien en classe est d'avoir un endroit qui indique ce que l'élève doit faire lorsqu'il a terminé un travail. 

Voici un exemple:

Les élèves doivent d'abord terminer les tâches obligatoires (je dois) et ensuite ils peuvent choisir une tâche optionnelle (je peux). Avec ce système, tous les élèves savent quoi faire. 

Le tableau d'enrichissement fait aussi partie des tâches optionnelles. Si vous avez un tableau d'enrichissement en classe, il est important de changer les activités assez régulièrement. Je recommande de les changer chaque 6 à 8 semaines.

Un tableau d'enrichissement ne devrait pas être rempli d'autres pages de travail. Il devrait offrir une variété d'activités touchant aussi à la créativité et aux intelligences multiples. Vous pouvez trouver des idées d'activités à l'internet.

J'ai aussi créé deux tableaux d'enrichissement qui sont à vendre. Le premier est pour l'automne (septembre - octobre) et le deuxième est parfait pour les mois de novembre - décembre (Noël). J'en ajouterai d'autres dans les mois à venir.
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Tableau d'enrichissement - Automne    - French Early Finisher

Tableau d'enrichissement - Novembre - Décembre (Noël)   -

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

TOP 5 Halloween Pinterest Boards

Here are a few of my favorite Pinterest boards:

Look at Audra Riney's Pinterest board for yummy Halloween treat ideas.

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2.HALLOWEEN COSTUMES...for teachers
Kristin Nannini's Pinterest board is packed with creative Halloween costumes for teacher. 

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This Pinterest board from 4thR Rocks has over 1000 ideas for Halloween activities. 

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This Pinterest board from Brenda Potter is perfect to find party ideas. 

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This Pinterest board from Janis Brett Elspas is perfect to find ideas on makeup, decorations, pumpkins, games and crafts. 

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Sunday, September 27, 2015


Saturday, September 12, 2015

5 Ways to Keep it Fresh in Class - Bye-Bye Boring!

Is it possible that students could retain more information if teaching was brought up a level, with some incorporated ad-lib and ingenious strategies? Absolutely! Teachers provide a strong foundation for their students and they work tirelessly to ensure each child will flourish under their supervision.  With a few simple ideas, you can transform your classroom into a fresh and creative learning environment where students will thrive.

                             1.   Dress it Up
For instance, you’re teaching an important history lesson, such as Columbus discovering America.  Instead of breaking out the old textbook, and reading aloud together, why not have your students act out history by integrating costumes and accessories to your lesson. In addition, enhance the animation by altering your voice to portray the character you are representing.  Another clever idea for teachers is to engage his/her students by accessorizing in conjunction to a theme of a book. This technique will not only increase participation, but will also insure a higher level of memory retention which leads to better scores.

        2.    Make a Rap or Song

As some of you may recall, back in the day there was “School House Rock”.  These catchy jingles were a collection of learning tools that incorporated every subject from English to history.  Hundreds of kids memorized these Saturday morning songs, unaware that they were retaining information while essentially entertained by the lyrics.   As of today, they still can be found on the internet and are utilized as a valid approach to learning.  Furthermore, with the help of your students, creating unique songs or raps will introduce an otherwise uneventful topic and replace it with a dramatic approach.  It’s not only fun, but will also inspire your students in a positive way.  Don’t be surprised if you ask one to recite the alphabet or a sampling of verbs and they begin singing the words.

3.    Engage Students
Sometimes, it’s beneficial to allow students to contribute to a portion of the teaching.  It encourages the child to build required confidence and knowledge retention of subjects they are explaining.  Not every student is an expert; however, they all can participate in an important role in the teaching process.  Assign individual tasks to your students, such as a chapter or internet research, and then have them deliver what they learned to their peers.  Engaging children to be involved is an ideal way to keep their attention on the subject at hand, plus contributes to their empowerment to be successful.

                                     4.    Change it Up
When you develop a routine, you’re aware of what to expect.  There isn’t any guessing, it’s the same circumstance every day.  Same is boring and uneventful.  Keep your students wondering what the day will offer by altering the routine. Present your schedule backwards, sideways, or however way to change up the daily monotony.  Even changing up the scenery, such as seating arrangements similar to musical chairs or a class mascot that alternates position on a daily basis can refresh the classroom environment.  Above all, be different, be creative, and never let your class become a generic entourage.

       5.    Food For Thought
Have you ever heard of one student that didn’t like food?  By incorporating food into a lesson, you’re satisfying both their bottomless pits and your desire for them to learn.  Food or snacks can be used for various subjects, whether it be teaching fractions from a pie or pizza, or introducing an ethnic snack for a history lesson.  Even allowing students to participate by bringing a certain genre of cuisine to class can be enlightening.  If your lesson is on Mexico, have each student bring in something simple that generates from that heritage.  This can be ideal for a once a month treat, or an end of the week class get together for a job well done.

In conclusion, these 5 uncomplicated ways of keeping it fresh in the classroom will not only enhance a student’s learning ability, but will also create an excitement for education.  Stale is the opposite of fresh, it’s something you might get in bread; however, it should never be seen in the classroom.  So keep it entertaining, adventurous, and creative; after all, learning should be fun, not a stagnant gathering of knowledge.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

TIDY Tim is WATCHING your class!

I thought of a way to motivate students to keep the class tidy.

Yup! If you're like me, your class starts out very clean and tidy at the beginning of the year. Then, a few weeks's not the same class! 

That's our reality! And the fact is students don't always pick up. 

That's why I invented TIDY TIM or TINA if you prefer a girl.

How to get started:
It's simple!
-Use any plush toy. I bought mine at the Dollar store.
-Read a letter from TIDY TIM that explains why he is watching the students all the time when they're at school.
TIDY TIME will make surprise visits during the year.
He will not be visible all the time. 

If the class is very clean and organized, he (you) will make a big deal about it. 

Students can receive a reward like a certificate or time to play a game.
 Or maybe TIDY Tim can add marbles in a jar and when it's full, students get a little reward. YOU can also add marbles in the jar. When TIDY Tim leaves a marble, he can write a little note on the board. This will encourage students to keep the class tidy.

TIDY Tim can write a message on the board for the whole class or specific students. 
For example: Wow! I noticed that Paul...

Before starting, you have to decide what TIDY Tim will do in YOUR class. Will he give out certificates, reward coupons, fill a jar with marbles or something else. It's totally up to you!

Here's a letter to get you started. 
Don't hesitate to add what you want. 
Click on the picture to download the letter.

Have fun!

Let me know what you think!
 Do you think this will work in your class?