3 Teacher Tips Thursday: January 14th Edition

This week’s 10th edition of 3 Teacher Tips Thursday comes from TCDSB elementary teacher Merle Gonsalvez (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.


Okay maybe not stone but definitely write it out for students to see.  RULES.  Ever since I have been teaching virtually, I noticed how important it is to make sure students know the rules.  So I always write them out and have students copy them in a creative way.  I also give them the opportunity to creativity present the rules to the class.  Yes you hear the rules 30 times, but after that initial repetition, there is no need to ever repeat them again.  If one rule gets broken all the other students will come to your rescue and remind their peer before you have to step in. So if you hate repeating rules and would love your students to govern themselves, then WRITE IT IN STONE!


After 2 gruelling months of not finding anything free that could easily split single PDF’s into multiple documents, I stumbled across this gem.  I Love PDF is an online tool that allows you to split, merge, compress and convert pdfs.  The site is so user friendly that I didn’t have to watch a video to use it! I use it to split my large units into single pages.  It makes it fast and easy to upload work to your online class. Cost: FREE!

Click the amazing website: https://www.ilovepdf.com


The Leader In Me is a book, it’s a school wide program, and it’s a movement. Based on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, The Leader in Me documents the stories of several challenging schools and how they transformed their community into a 1st class institutions of learning. A great read for anyone looking to be an agent of change within their school. In short this books describes how to create an environment where every student feels and acts like a leader!

The Leader in Me | Book by Stephen R. Covey | Official Publisher Page |  Simon & Schuster


Merle Gonsalvez is an elementary teacher at the Toronto Catholic District School Board at St. Martin de Porres. This year she is teaching virtually at St. Anne Catholic Academy School of Virtual Learning.

Instagram: @merle_g16
Twitter: @MamaGLeadershp

This edition of 3 Teacher Tips Thursday is brought to you by:
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I hope you enjoyed our 10th 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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  1. Thank you!

    Peace, Joy, Hope, Charity, Gratitude, Patience, Gentleness, Respect and Humility,
    Steve De Quintal
    Teacher, St. Mary Catholic Academy, 66 Dufferin Park Ave. Toronto, Ontario M6H-1J6.
    416-393-5528 ext. 84293
    “that they may have life and have it to the full.”
    ***You can always email but a call or a visit will get a quicker response***


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