3 Teacher Tips Thursday: February 11th Edition

This week’s 14th edition of 3 Teacher Tips Thursday comes from TCDSB teacher chaplain Fraser Gartside.

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.


We’re going back to school! Here’s a way to survey your students without technology!

“Class please close your eyes. We will take a blind poll. Keep your eyes closed as I ask a series of questions. Only I will get to see the results. (Continue once everyone’s eyes are closed). Ok, raise your hand if you feel you did really well, on yesterday’s test…. Ok, hands down. Raise your hand if you feel you did ‘just OK’ on yesterday’s test… Ok, hands down. Raise your hand if you felt yesterday’s test was too hard… Ok, hands down… Raise your hand if you didn’t even know we had a test yesterday… Ok. Eyes open. Good. Well, it seems most of felt you did OK and thought the test was too hard. Interesting…”

The Blind Poll is a nice, safe, temperature & climate checking tool with many possible applications. Above is a simple example.


Being a teacher chaplain at a Toronto high school, I know the importance of students seeing themselves within the curriculum. Here’s 2 awesome Ted Talks from Black writers about Black experiences.

Here are 9 follow up discussion or reflection questions I often use after viewing a video with my students.

What surprised you?
What did you already know?
What are the 3 most interesting ideas they presented?
Did any part make you angry or sad?
What is one question you would ask the presenter?
What did they miss?
Is there some part of the presentation you wanted them to spend more time explaining?
What should this matter to Canada/Toronto/Scarborough?
What would you say in your own Ted Talk?


Other educators are often the best resource. Jon Harper is an assistant principal, author, podcaster, and blogger. Here’s an article entitled, “3 Things Teachers Can Do Right Now To Turn Their Year Around” which I shared with my staff that I found very useful. Who is Jon Harper? Let him tell you for himself:

Hi, I’m Jon Harper. I’m a former elementary school teacher and current assistant principal on a mission to help people of all ages realize that it is okay to make mistakes; especially really big ones.

Simply put, my focus is on helping educators feel better. I don’t talk curriculum, pedagogy, or instruction. My aim is to share material that helps you enjoy your work more. That’s it. Nothing more, nothing less.


Fraser Gartside is a teacher chaplain at Francis Libermann Catholic Secondary School at the Toronto Catholic District School Board.

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This edition of 3 Teacher Tips Thursday is brought to you by:
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I hope you enjoyed our 14th 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 for sharing.

    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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