3 Teacher Tips Thursday: Nov. 5th Edition

This week’s second edition of 3 Teacher Tips Thursday comes from TCDSB elementary teacher Stefanie Lenzo.

Below are 3 simple yet effective resources broken up into 3 categories:
– Great Ideas
– Online Tools
– Teacher PD

Enjoy 3 Teacher Tips Thursday. Hope you find it resourceful.

This is a morning exercise I do with my online class daily. While students are waiting for others to log on, I engage the students in conversation through the chat box and ask them to pick which Bitmoji number they are feeling that day.

I set a 10 min timer for this activity. When the timer rings, I pick 3 students each day to express what number they are feeling. This little activity creates a sense of comfort and community within our classroom.

When students see other students excited to be in class, it inspires other students to also get excited.

If one student is not having a cheery morning, us as a classroom family come together to help put a smile on their face.

It’s a fantastic way to start off the morning on a good note.

One question I often get is how did I make those Bitmojis! It’s so simple.

Step 1: Download Bitmoji app from the app store

Step 2: Have fun creating your Bitmojis

Step 3: Select the Bitmojis you created and save to your camera roll. Now you can use them like any other photo.

**You can also download a chrome extension to use from your desktop.

One of the most effective forms of PD is talking with fellow educators. Hence the reason why we started Teachers Meet Teachers since one of the best ways to learn is from each other. Follow us on us on Instagram for more tips and teacher meet ups.

Every Tuesday on Instagram Live I interview an educator and pick their brain about some of their best practices. We would love for you to join us. On Tuesday, Nov. 10th I interview TCDSB elementary teacher Stephanie Cilia.

About the author:

Stefanie Lenzo is an elementary teacher at the Toronto Catholic District School Board’s at St. Maria Goretti and St. Anne Catholic Academy School of Virtual Learning.

Instagram: @lenzo18

Teacher Tips Thursday is brought to you by:
Teachers meet Teachers. A group of educators who’s motto is “Changing Education by fuelling those who run it!”

Instagram: @teachersmeetteachers

I hope you enjoyed our second weekly edition of 3 Teacher Tips Thursday. Got a resource, idea, or PD opportunity you want to share? Email stefanie.lenzo@tcdsb.org.


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