3 Teacher Tips Thursday: May 27th Edition

This week’s 28th edition of 3 Teacher Tips Thursday comes from Michael Consul’s Co-op student Sheronia Julien, student of Madonna (special student edition).

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.


Whether you are teaching from home, virtually on Zoom, or in-class, there are a variety of different ways for your students to simply get to know each other. You can do a quick activity called Speed Friending. If you’ve either been to SMILE Camp or to the May CSLIT GA, you may be slightly familiar.

Speed friending is a great way of getting to know other people in a short time span. Like Speed Dating, students are given a question and placed in a random breakout room with a small group or partner. Given two minutes or less, you each person answers the question with their soon-to-be friends. 

A very fun and quick activity to get a conversation started. It’s surely a must when entering a new school year or quad and seeing new faces. Easy way to talk amongst others to create connections and bonds through possible common interests. Give it a try and see what happens and what new friends we can meet. 


Many of you are probably aware that Canva is mainly used for graphic design and photo editing, but you may be surprised to know that it can also be used for video editing! You create basically anything when working on Canva, for example: to make cards, posters, invitations, presentation, etc..

Canva gives you access to all the things you need to create something of your own at simply no cost. Canva allows you to use different fonts, colors, and editing features; also giving you access to free background and effects. If you need a tutorial on how to use Canva Video, check it out here!

Teachers can use this website in the classroom for their students as a part of their group activities for different assignments or subjects such as art or science. Students like the idea of being able to create/design anything they want. Students will not only get their work done but will have fun doing it at the same time. 

Canva is really a one-stop type of shop, where you can edit anything.


This is a strong yet simple way to build your productivity. We learned SMART goals at SMILE Camp and it has really helped me.

SMART goals is not only about school life; Effective goal setting can help give direction to your career, health, relationships, and personal life. I’ve used this method of goal setting so in different areas of my life and it has made a big difference.

These goals were really an accomplishment when attempting to get things done, whether I wanted to save money from my job, or getting an assignment done for school, they really helped me work SMART! A good tool for yourself and to teach your students.


Sheronia Julien is grade 12 student at Madonna Catholic Secondary School. Sheronia is doing her quad coop placement with the Catholic Student Leadership department.

This edition of 3 Teacher Tips Thursday is brought to you by:
@teachmetoolbox. Educators sharing best practices with fellow educators.

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I hope you enjoyed our 28th 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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