3 Teacher Tips Thursday: Dec. 3rd Edition

This week’s 6th edition of 3 Teacher Tips Thursday comes from TCDSB Catholic Student Leadership Resource Teacher Michael Consul (monthly contributor).

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.


With the absence of sports, extracurriculars, and assemblies, school spirit might be at an all time low. Last spring, I helped St. Martin de Porres Catholic elementary school run a virtual school wide talent show.

It ran on a weekday evening at 7:00 pm. Students from kindergarten to grade 8, signed up to perform. Parents and families were invited to watch the live broadcast on youtube.

Viewers were able to send their positive comments in the live chat congratulating each performer. Students emceed and introduced each guest and performer.

A great covid-friendly way to bring the community together and build school spirit. Can Christmas concerts still happen during the pandemic? The answer is YES!!!


One tool we use a lot in our department is www.mentimeter.com. It is a great way to poll the audience, get a snap shot of what students are thinking, and create online engagement.

There are multiple was to graphically display the responses you get from your students. You can ask curriculum related questions like, “How well do you understand the topic?” or personal questions like, “How do you like online learning?”

During our monthly CSLIT meetings, we have students type in their school name to generate a word cloud. The school with the most attendees shows up as the biggest name in the middle.

You can use mentimeter in math to exemplify data collection, graphing, pie charts, and bar graphs. In this example, each dot represents a different student response.

Mentimeter can be used in a ton of ways. You can actually build your entire slide show using mentimeter and embed these engaging online tools right into your presentation.


One of our greatest resources for creative ideas is our students. In the High Performing Student Podcast, host and youth speaker Sam Demma, interviews various students about what made them successful, and what tips/advice they have for other students.

It’s a great listen while washing the dishes, folding laundry, or driving. And when you find a youth guest that you think will really resonate with students, you can play it for your whole class and build a discussion or assignments around it.

We were fortunate enough to have Sam Demma as a guest speaker at our November monthly CSLIT meeting. It was a highly engaging presentation and I recommend every student to watch it, and every teacher to show it to their class. Watch it here.

About the author:

Michael Consul leads the Catholic Student Leadership Department at the Toronto Catholic District School Board.

TikTok: @cathstudentleadership
Instagram: @catholicstudentleadership
Twitter: @MikeCLeadership

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


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