3 Teacher Tips Thursday: May 6th Edition

This week’s 25th edition of 3 Teacher Tips Thursday comes from TCDSB elementary educator Victoria Shearham.

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.


Don’t be afraid to bring drawing into your classroom. I find that directed drawing can be a fun way for students to get creative and work on their fine motor skills while also honing their artistic talents. Directed drawing can be used for a quick 15 minute brain break during the day or a full 30+ minute art lesson. You can use it as a springboard for writing or as a response to a reading you’ve done in class. The most important thing is to make it FUN for all involved! Let the kids know that everyone’s art will look different and unique and that is the beauty of artwork.


One resource that I love to use personally as an artist is Procreate. It’s an app that you can download for tablet/iPad that gives you an incredible number of artistic possibilities. You can use it for drawing, painting, and even calligraphy. It works seamlessly with the Apple pen or other drawing stylus that you might be using.

As an illustrator, I love using procreate when creating my pieces whether personal or for my children’s books. The program allows me to create art in a similar way to traditional pencil and paper pieces, but with the added benefit of the digital medium.

As a teacher, especially working online right now, I use the program to draw with my students during our zoom art lessons. I am able to join the Zoom meeting, share my iPad screen, and draw in real time with the students.

If you know someone who is looking at generating digital pieces without the cost of expensive programs, like Photoshop, Procreate is a great option for less than $15.


There are lots of great places to find art resources for kids. If you aren’t an artist, then you can find some great directed drawing videos on YouTube like the channels Join in Sketch and Art for Kids Hub, among others. Put the video on for your students and watch them have fun engaging in the art process. Also, don’t forget there are some really good “how to draw” books that you can find in bookstores or on Amazon. Books, like The Drawing Book for Kids, show children how to draw a number of different things step-by-step. These resources would be great for early finishers or for learning centres in the classroom


Victoria Shearham is an elementary school teacher with the TCDSB. She is currently teaching grade 2/3. Victoria is also an author/illustrator and has recently published her book How About a Dinosaur.

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 25th 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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