• Remember to Play!
    “We do not stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing”– George Bernard Show  Play is a naturally occurring phenomenon. Some researchers define play as “an activity that is intrinsically motivated, entails 
  • National Indigenous Peoples Day
    June is National Indigenous History Month, and it provides an opportunity to recognize not only the historic contributions of Indigenous peoples to the development of Canada, but also the strength of present-day Indigenous communities and 
  • Reading Builds Brains
    June… wondering about how to keep students engaged? Read aloud. Teachers know the importance of students reading as much as possible, every day. Reading opens doors, not only to new ideas but to their future. 
  • Sit Spots: Weaving Mindfulness and Nature Together
    “Find one place in your natural world that you visit all the time and get to know it as your best friend. Let this be a place where you learn to sit still- alone, often, 
  • Creating a culture for assessment
    How can we create school environments that harness strength based assessment practices and create a culture of valuable assessment? Assessment researchers would argue that there are steps that can be taken to ensure that assessment 
  • How to Create Inclusive & Engaging Classrooms
    The Pandemic has brought to life the need for educators to create more inclusive, responsive and stimulating learning environments that meet the needs of all learners, no matter their background, culture, or learning needs. Engagement 
  • The Impact of the Physical Environment on Learning
    The physical environment has the potential to dramatically alter what learning looks like for students. It communicates who and what is valued in learning. It is the physical space that  sets up expectations for a 
  • Visible Random Groups: Why This Is The Next Thing You Need To Do For Group Work In Your Classroom
    Group work… it has its benefits in the classroom and it has its headaches. But the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages, and we know that collaboration is a key competency our students need for the 
  • Enhancing Learner Engagement
    A common conversation teachers and parents are currently having is about learner engagement. Students can appear apathetic towards completing assignments, diving into the material and really digging into the work at hand. How can we 
  • Behavior Regulation and Executive Functions
    The word that best describes the social-emotional style of children with executive function weaknesses is reactive. Children with executive function weaknesses struggle to regulate the urges that originate in the lower brain center because they 
  • How to Encourage Reading at Home: Part 2
    Although parents understand the value of reading at home, they often wonder how best to help their child learn to read. Parents often ask teachers questions such as: “When should I step in to help? 
  • How to Encourage Reading At Home
    Reading opens up a child’s imagination and ultimately opens up their world. Through reading children are introduced to new words, new ideas and new ways of thinking. Research has consistently demonstrated the importance and power of 
  • Truth and Reconciliation Week
    Golden Hills School Division wants to support their staff and students in learning about Aboriginal groups across Canada and the impacts that Residential schools had on them. This resource provides teachers and students with voices 
  • Supporting Student Re-Engagement & Learning Recovery: A Review of Dr. David Tranter’s Webinar
    Dr. David Tranter, co-author of The Third Path: A Relationship–Based Approach to Student Well-Being and Achievement offers educators an approach to supporting students as they return to school this fall that is both informative and 
  • National Indigenous Peoples Day
    To honor and celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21st) we would like to share our Blackfoot Students First Virtual Powwow Demonstration video. We would like to thank our First Nations Liaisons for all their 
  • How to Foster Effective Parent Relationships
    The Power of Parent Communication In any classroom setting (online, hybrid or in-person), fostering relationships with parents is key to an effective learning environment.  Setting up regular communication helps parents to be clear on expectations 
  • How to Assist Students in Managing Stress
    Stress and Learning Teachers interact with students on a daily basis, and as a result, they can see how a student’s learning is impacted by various challenges, stress being one of them.  In order to 
  • How to Support Working Memory in the Classroom
    Working Memory: What is it? Working memory is one of the brain’s executive functions that allows us to remember something long enough to be able to use it or apply the information. It is unlike 
  • Using Concept Circles to Help Students Develop Key Numeracy Skills
    What are Concept Circles? Concept circles are a great way to engage students in representing a variety of mathematical concepts.   Teachers and parents can use them to support children both inside and outside of the 
  • Seven Core Strategies to Help Students with Executive Function Challenges
    There are a number of core prevention and interventions strategies that help students with weak executive function to thrive in your classroom. These strategies include the changes that can be made to the learning environment 
  • What is Executive Functioning?
    Executive skills are skills required for the self-regulation and self-direction of our day to day and life functioning. Whenever people manage their thinking or behavior to achieve some desired outcome they are engaging the skills 
  • What are Effective Ways to Build Relationships with Students and Parents?
    The importance of teachers building productive and positive relationships with both parents and students has been widely recognized. Relationships form the foundation for trust, enabling students to feel a sense of belonging. Classrooms become a 
  • How to Engage Hard-to-Reach Students
    Student engagement has become a pivotal issue for educators over the past year, with many students learning in a mix of online, hybrid, and in-person classes. While most students have had success, there are students 
  • How to Differentiate in Mathematics Pt. 3: The Strategies
    Specific Strategies to Differentiate Mathematics Instruction: Design Open Questions  Turning around a Question: Instead of giving the question- a teacher provides the answer and asks for the question.  Asking for Similarities and Differences: Teacher chooses 
  • Assistive Technology Doesn’t Have to Be High Tech
    Assistive technology is any device, software, or equipment that helps people work around their learning challenges. When we think of assistive technology for students with learning difficulties, we often think of high-tech devices such as 
  • How to Differentiate in Math Part 2: The Approach & Need for Choice
    How to Approach Differentiating Instruction in Mathematics:  Focus Instruction on Key Concepts One of the most effective ways to differentiate in mathematics is to focus on the key concepts (*big ideas) rather than a narrow, 
  • How to Differentiate in Math Part 1: The What & Why
    What is Differentiation? It is an organized yet flexible way of proactively adjusting teaching and learning to meet kids where they are and help them to achieve maximum growth as learners. (Tomlinson, 1999) Differentiation in 
  • Three Ways to Differentiate Using Google Classroom
    Online platforms allow for increased individualized instruction for students and differentiated assessment. Students are able to demonstrate their understanding in a number of ways. Reference: https://www.thetechedvocate.org/USING-GOOGLE-CLASSROOM-TO-DIFFERENTIATE-INSTRUCTION/
  • Assistive Technology: The Benefits of Support
    Now more than ever, we are using technology to support our understanding of the world around us.  Assistive technology is a great tool to help ALL students learn and show what they know! Reference: https://www.understood.org/en/learning-thinking-differences/getting-started/what-you-need-to-know/common-myths-about-learning-and-thinking-differences?_ul=11chdbd9domain_userid*YW1wLWI3ZDdsRlpiNWFsdnV0am9vbm1LNHc
  • Understanding Learning Difficulties and Accommodations
    As parents, we want to support our children academically both inside and outside of the classroom. Understanding your child’s learning difficulties can help them to gain confidence with their school work and show their understanding.  
  • Accommodations vs. Modifications
    Understanding the difference between accommodation and modification can help teachers choose the best approach to support students in their classroom. Choosing the correct level of support can increase student confidence and help them to reach 
  • Reaching All Learners using Assistive Technology
    As teachers, we have all witnessed students who sit idle in class, refuse to work, or do not complete assignments.  Time and time again we have heard,  “I know what I want to say, I 
  • How to set up Daily Reading in your Classroom
    Teenagers want to read – if we let them (Kittle, 2013). Encouraging students to become lifelong readers is a goal of any Language Arts teacher.  Developing independent, engaged readers requires providing students with a variety 
  • Big Emotions – Yours and Theirs (Part 3)
    As teachers we are used to soothing, comforting, explaining and fixing. It is on our job description. ​ We need to remember that emotions won’t break us or your student, and in fact, avoiding some emotions like anxiety can make them grow. ​TIPS: If your student’s 
  • Fostering the Conditions for Independence (Part 2)
    There are a number of ideas and strategies you can implement in order to help your student become independent. First, begin by discussing what independence looks like and then develop routines and strategies that can 
  • Failure as an Opportunity for Growth (Part 1)
    Being able to think, learn and make good choices independently remains one of the most important skills that your students can acquire.​ While “spoon feeding” students can sometimes offer the most direct route to observable progress, it is possible to 
  • Questioning: Moving it to the Next Level in Classrooms
    Issue: Questions in the classroom too often fails to engage powerful thinking. Questioning is an integral part of everyday life in the classroom. It is what teachers do all day long. Traditionally, questions are asked, 
  • 5 Structures to Champion Student Voice
    Do you want every voice in your classroom to be heard? Do you want each voice to be valued? Do you want maximum participation for all? Try one of these strategies in your classroom to 
  • Learning Through Pictures
    Hear a piece of information and three days later you will remember only 10% of it. Add a picture and you will remember 85% of the information. The more Visual the input becomes, the more likely 
  • Building Belonging in the Classroom
    “A student’s sense of belonging at school is based on the degree to which they feel connected to school, the strength of the relationships they have with educators, and the closeness of relationships they have 
  • Lessons Learned: What Works in the Virtual Classroom
    During the 2020-2021 school year, Golden Hills School Division has provided families with the option for students to attend school virtually with the flexibility of being able to return to their home school at any 
  • Empowering Students to Ask Questions
    “… teachers need to view students not as objects to be questioned but as agents who can think together about the content under study.” (Walsh & Sattes, pg 17, 2017, second edition) Questioning has moved 
  • Overcoming Challenges in the Classroom During COVID Times
    In this video, Warren identifies six key actions to help teachers continue to facilitate powerful learning during the pandemic and beyond. Learn more about the importance of:  Building routines Designing learning that matters Communicating success 
  • Teacher Tips to Increase Student Engagement when Learning Online
    Learning online requires self direction, motivation and engagement on the part of your students. Learning is enhanced when the physical space is organized, and when routines are established to foster learning. Even when the environment 
  • How To Set Up Daily Writing In Your Classroom
    Penny Kittle, a veteran English Language Arts teacher, argues that our students are readers and writers, and we need to teach them as such. We need to help students see themselves as writers. She says 
  • The Importance of  Collaborative Discussion in the Classroom
    As a high school language arts teacher, my goal is to design learning experiences that enable students to develop a deep understanding of themselves and the world around them. In striving to do so, I 
  • Capturing & Retaining Ideas Through Visual Note-taking
    a.k.a Sketchnoting, Graphic Visualization or Edu-Sketching “Bits and pieces of knowledge quickly go away.  Edu-Sketching helps meld those pieces together for a more coherent-thus, memorable-whole.”  Wendy Pillars As teachers, you may be looking for ways to 
  • Choose Choice Boards
    Research shows that student choice within education increases engagement and ownership. It is also a factor in increasing student motivation. One effective way for students to have a choice in how they demonstrate their understanding 
  • Using LEGO to Break Through the Anxiety Barrier in Jr. High Math
    Walking into my classroom you wouldn’t immediately know that it was a place where math teaching and learning takes place. You’d see moustache decorations, maps and travel photos, random art and all kinds of things that 
  • The Fantastic Frayer Model: Understanding Concepts and Academic Vocabulary
    What It Is The Frayer Model is a graphic organizer with four or five specific sections. It is designed to help students understand academic vocabulary or concepts. The sections have students define the term, describe 
  • The Emotional Bank Account: Strategies to Support Belonging in Schools
    As educators, we know the big impact positive relationships between teachers and students have on learning, development and overall achievement.  Research supports the benefits of positive relationships between teachers and students as stated by John 
  • Activating Thinking with Anticipation Guides
    Anticipation Guides What It Is Anticipation guides are a type of graphic organizer. They have a list of 5-7 statements, related to the topic students are studying, and students are required to agree or disagree 
  • Sledding and Science: There’s Snow Much to Love About Science
    Authentic Engagement is fostered when teachers design learning experiences that intellectually and emotionally engage students. This was the case, when the Grade 3 and Grade 6 students from Greentree Elementary School in Drumheller worked collaboratively 
  • Learning from the Land: The Ik Ka Nutsi Example
    There are limitless learning opportunities outside the classroom walls.   One example can be found with a teacher and her students who can regularly be found out in nature along the Makhabn (Bow River in 
  • Feedback through Google Forms Quiz Mode
    Feedback is an essential component of the assessment, and learning, process. John Hattie has described feedback as “the most powerful single moderator that enhances achievement” (1999). Feedback for students needs to be timely and specific, 
  • Bringing Families Together In and Outside of School with Literature
     École Brentwood’s Vision Statement, “Family-centered school, built on a foundation of excellence, creating boundless learning opportunities,” is reinforced through family-centered literacy activities.  Throughout the year, the school creates intentional opportunities to invite families and community 
  • Connecting and Contributing and the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology
    Have you ever wondered how we, as teachers, can meaningfully connect our students with local experts in our community? There are a number of community members who have mastery knowledge in a variety of subjects 
  • Teaming Up with Technology to Tackle World Waste
    School-wide Focus This year, to kickstart the school-wide focus on caring for the environment, Westmount Elementary School chose ‘The Lorax’ by Dr. Seuss to share with their students.  The ‘Environmental Team’ of students created monthly 
  • A Powerful Lecture: Is There Such a Thing?
    Lectures and direct teaching have received a “bad rep” in education over the past decade or so. Echos of boredom, teacher control, and dis-engagement from students are often associated with the idea of lecturing. One 
  • Our Friends Across Canada – How Postcards Built Relevant Reading and Writing Experiences
    “Did we get any letters from our friends today?” repeats each student at the beginning of every class.  This excitement is natural when students become part of a year long cross Canada postcard exchange, genuinely