3 Teacher Tips Thursday: Nov. 19th Edition

This week’s edition of 3 Teacher Tips Thursday comes from TCDSB elementary teacher Kayla Featherstone.

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.


QUESTION OF THE DAY

Every morning when I take attendance, my class responds to a “Question of the Day”. At the beginning of the year, my teaching partner and I would co-create the questions. After a few weeks of modelling it, we then allow students, or the ‘Child of the Day,’ to come up with the daily question.

It can be something as simple as “What is your favourite season?” As we are taking our daily attendance we ask our students to answer the question.

It’s a great way for students and educators to get to know each other and it’s FUN at the same time.

We include different data management strategies for collecting answers such as tally marks, ten frames, pictures and their names. It’s an easy way to incorporate some math into your morning routine! 

This daily opening activity engages your students while they are waiting for attendance to be taken and makes the beginning of class both fun and interactive.


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I recently discovered a great online tool called Boom Cards. It’s a great ready-to-use resource of digital interactive activities. You can create your own boom cards or you can find other pre-made boom-cards for free. 

Students are shown one question at a time and get instant feedback on their answers. If they get a question wrong, they can submit a new answer or ‘give up’ the card and go to a different question if they get stuck.

In my virtual classroom, we like to use boom cards to review concepts taught in class. For example, we have used boom cards to review letter recognition, comprehension after a read aloud, and during our number sense unit!

You find a boom card for almost anything you are teaching! You can assign students a boom card to complete independently during asynchronous work or you can play it as a class during a synchronous lesson.

Not all of the boom cards on the website are free, however if you’re really into ‘booming’ you can pay a membership fee which will unlock even more features such as receiving reports on students progress. I personally just use the free boom cards and have fun playing them with my students!


PODCAST: KINDERGARTEN KIOSK

As lifelong learners, we often spend our personal time searching for new resources, tips, strategies and techniques to use in our classroom. Learning from other educators doesn’t always have to happen during professional development days or webinars. You can easily listen to an educational podcast while driving in your car, making dinner or going for a walk outside. 

One of my personal favourite podcasts is Kindergarten Kiosk which is hosted by Lindsey Jarman and her mother Kathy Crane, who are both educators in the USA.

This is a great podcast, especially for Kindergarten and Primary educators. During the podcasts, they discuss topics relevant to the education of young children.

They also interview other professionals in the education field to discuss various topics.  The podcasts are authentic and entertaining! I often find myself relating to their personal educational experiences and catch myself laughing out loud at times too! 

She discusses many topics ranging from classroom management strategies, to guided reading strategies, all the way to ideas for teaching during a pandemic! 

Lindsey Jarman and Kathy Crane offer educators many tips and tricks to use in the classroom and if you haven’t heard of it, go check it out!


About the author:

Kayla Featherstone is a Kindergarten teacher at the Toronto Catholic District School Board at St. Maria Goretti Catholic School. This year she is teaching virtually at St. Anne Catholic Academy School of Virtual Learning.

Instagram: @teachwithfeatherstone


3 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!”

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Next week’s guest on Live with Lenzo is TCDSB’s Student Leadership Resource Teacher Michael Consul. Check it out on Tuesday, Nov. 24th, 8:30 pm @teachersmeetteachers Instagram live.


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

STAY SAFE. STAY CONNECTED.

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