3 Teacher Tips Thursday: January 21th Edition

This week’s 11th edition of 3 Teacher Tips Thursday comes from TCDSB elementary teacher Kate Jarencio.

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.


Having taught as a hybrid virtual and face-to-face teacher, using hand signals within the virtual and physical classroom has been a hit! The concept of hand signals entails students raising a certain hand gesture to relay what they need or would like to say or ask. This has helped prevent students from blurting out as it is an additional thought process to relay what they need to covey to the teacher.

During lessons, this is extremely helpful to sift through whether a student is asking to use the washroom or would like to comment/answer a question about the lesson. Hand signals have been helpful for the virtual classroom too as it prevents students from talking on top of one another in the conference call. It’s also not always easy to monitor the chat when teaching a lesson so if a student shows their hand gesture on video, we can see what they need in a much quicker fashion.

There are set hand signals created online, but it is definitely more fun to create certain hand gestures with your students! Have fun with it, take pictures of students’ hands, and even incorporate teaching a little sign language if you’re up for it!


Ever show or assign an informational video for a lesson during class or for online learning and wanted to have students answer questions about the video directly? Well, EDpuzzle has you covered! EDpuzzle is an online tool that can be added as a Google chrome extension and be linked directly to your Google Classroom

The best part about this tool is that you can link Youtube Videos to Edpuzzle and insert your own questions about the material being shown. Questions can be customizable and answered in true and false, multiple choice or short answer formats. There may already even be videos with questions created by other educators (which you can also edit), you just have to search. To top it off, once your students have answered their video lesson questions, they are corrected right away and their marks are uploaded to the website! 


EdCanNetwork is your easy to navigate hub for all things teaching in today’s Canada. The latest articles, news updates within Canadian schools, and of course professional learning opportunities gone virtual (to keep us safe), are all part of this online resource. My favourite section of EdCanNetwork is their “Well at Work” section. Included in this section are publications about mindfulness, medical research articles, and strategies and tips to working through a pandemic.  


Kate Jarencio is an elementary teacher at the Toronto Catholic District School Board at St. Malachy. This year she had the opportunity to briefly teach virtually, and has since gone back into the in-school classroom to teach Special Education.

Instagram: @theycallmemsj

This addition of 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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I hope you enjoyed our 11th 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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