3 Teacher Tips Thursday: February 25th Edition

This week’s 16th edition of 3 Teacher Tips Thursday comes from TCDSB teacher secondary teacher Francesca Imbrogno.

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.


WONDERFUL WEDNESDAYS

“Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul.” -Amy Collette

Wednesdays can be hard! I find that students have lower than normal engagement on this day. A few years ago, I read a study that practicing gratitude has been proven to lengthen your life. I also personally keep a gratitude journal which I write in each morning and every night. I have incorporated this practice into my class.

Every Wednesday in my class is called “Wonderful Wednesday” where each student gets the chance to share something they are grateful for. It could be as small as “I had a great sleep last night” or “I really like the lunch I have packed for today.”

We go around one at a time and share our answer. Students know I do this every Wednesday and often they tell me they save their good news all week for that activity. I have even witnessed students share beautiful accomplishments and have classes applaud them with excitement.

If a student says they can’t think of an answer, I tell them: “Then you need this activity the most!” We can always find something small in life to be grateful for. I remind them that by participating, they are lengthening their own life 🙂 It’s something we all look forward to every week and I know that hearing about other people’s happiness always increases mine.


GOOGLE JAMBOARD

I have recently started using Google Jamboard in my classes. I used to have post-it notes in my classroom on which students could write on and place on the board. However, with online learning, I’ve had to get a little bit creative.

For those of you who are not tech-y like myself, this is a simple way to engage the students! I pose a question and model an appropriate response. Students then write a digital post-it note with their answer and place it underneath the question.

This was especially useful on Bell Let’s Talk Day. We were having discussions about mental health and the students were able to write their responses and have their classmates see, without their name being published on the screen.

It can be easily shared with your students through Google Classroom, Google Meets and on Zoom. Jamboard is often a good way to check for understanding at the conclusion of a lesson as a form of an exit ticket activity. 


DISTANCE LEARNING PLAYBOOK

This book was recommended to me by a colleague and I just started reading it. I have read other John Hattie books and really learned a lot from them.

The book has 9 modules:

  1. Take care of yourself
  2. The first days of school
  3. Teacher-student relationships from a distance
  4. Teacher credibility at a distance
  5. Teacher clarity at a distance
  6. Engaging tasks
  7. Planning instructional units for distance learning
  8. Feedback, assessment, and grading
  9. Learning, distance or otherwise

Distance learning seems like it is here to stay, at least for the next while. Instead of fight the changes, I believe in rolling with them! I believe this book will give me more confidence in teaching online and provide resources that I will use for years to come.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Francesca Imbrogno is a secondary teacher with the Toronto Catholic District School Board at St. Joseph Morrow Park. This year she is teaching English virtually at St. Anne Catholic Academy School of Virtual Learning.

Instagram: @theappleofmissi


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 16th 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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