3 Teacher Tips Thursday: May 13th Edition

This week’s 26th 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.


Here is a quick and fun game to get your students up out of their seats while learning about probability! This works with both online and face to face. All you need is two coins.


  • Students who want to play turn their cameras on
  • Students make one of 3 choices and do the following actions:


1) heads/heads – both hands on head

2) heads/tails – one hand on head one on hip

3) tails/tails – both hands on hips

This is how you play!

  • Once student choices are locked in, the teacher flips one coin at a time to reveal one of the results above (after both coins are flipped)
  • Students who didn’t make the correct choice turn their cameras off and game continues
  • When 2-3 people are left they cannot choose the same option as the other students. This will allow you to declare a winner after this round

Students find it super fun and it creates a ton of student engagement. Feel free to give the winner a small prize!


This google extension is a MUST for busy teachers.  Mote is a voice note google extension that allows teachers to save time by leaving voice notes for students. Now that we’re all teaching online, us teachers spend way too much time online. Using Mote has allowed me to cut my marking time in half! So rest little fingers, rest.  Mote is here to save the day!

20-20-20 RULE!

Online teaching…the struggle is real, and so is the eye strain!  Here is a little trick to help keep our eyes in tip top shape! The 20-20-20 rule is recommended by doctors for people who are stuck at a computer all day……..which is basically everyone right now!

Every 20 minutes, try to look away at something that is 20 feet away for a total of 20 seconds. For most of us that means looking out a window. Think you will forget? Teach this to your students and chances are, you will have at least one that will make it their job to interrupt your lesson to declare a 20/20/20 break!  

Check out the link for more information:


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:
@teachmetoolbox. Educators sharing best practices with fellow educators.

Instagram: @teachmetoolbox

I hope you enjoyed our 26th 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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