3 Teacher Tips Thursday: October 29 Edition

Teachers are always looking for ways to engage their students, especially in our new online environment. Here’s 3 simply effective resources I’ve used myself, broken up into 3 categories: Great Ideas, Teacher PD, and Online Tools. Enjoy exploring our first weekly edition of Teacher Tips Thursday.

I got this idea from fellow TCDSB educator Merle Gonsalvez. It’s captured in this tweet.

What a paradigm shift for students. Simple with the potential to be extremely effective and will definitely create a more caring and respectful class environment.

I was recently interviewed on the High Performing Educator podcast. Youth speaker Sam Demma has a diverse array of guest from teachers, administrators, guidance councillors and student council moderators.

It’s like picking the brain of some of our country’s most innovative and creative educators. A great way to get new ideas you can implement with your own students.

A perfect listen while driving in the car or folding laundry!

Know an awesome educator that should be featured? Email info@samdemma.com.

Padlet is an online tool that can be used in person or face-to-face.Think of it as a virtual cork board where students can pin up an electronic post-it note. Here’s an example where I’ve used it at event with 100 students council members.

Students can:

  • Post a comment
  • Like or rank other students’ post
  • Add a comment to another student’s post

Here are other designs you can use.

There are multiple ways to use Padlet. Some of the ways I’ve used it are as follows:

  • While watching a movie or video, have students jot down their thoughts and ideas.
  • I had a student ill and absent from class so I made a padlet for that student and classmates wrote a personal get well message.
  • Brainstorming an idea and other students can read, comment, and rank their peer’s ideas.
  • During a guest speaker, students wrote down their thoughts and questions.
  • During a staff meeting, we were mandated to watch a safety video, so we used padlet during the video to collect questions and ideas.


  • Free to sign up. Paid account opens more features.
  • Profanity filter can be turned on and off if you are worried participants may type inappropriate words.
  • Post approval can be turned on if you want to preview each post prior to publishing.

Here’s another example I created as an online guest speaker for the TCDSB virtual school. The topic was equity. After the lesson I asked the students to write their thoughts.

About the author:

Michael Consul is resource teacher at the Toronto Catholic District School Board in the Catholic Student Leadership department. Follow him on twitter @MikeCLeadership

Teacher Tips Thursday is brought to you by:
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I hope you enjoyed our first weekly edition of Teacher Tips Thursday. Got a resource, idea, or PD opportunity you want to share? Email stefanie.lenzo@tcdsb.org.


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