Traditional Fairy Tales

Traditional fairy tales were passes on verbally from generation to generation before being recorded in books, that is why there are different versions of a known story. Fairy tales are stories with fictional elements.  Below are some common characteristics that fairy tales have: Set in the past Use some form or variation of “Once upon a time” Fantasy or make-believe…

It's a Zoo Around Here: The New Rules for Better Communication – Book Review

This is such a fun and quick read if you are interested in learning about a different take on communication styles and you can approach others and be heard. Read on if you want to be a ‘zookeeper’, the one who knows how to best communicate with all the animals in the zoo. Nigel Risner has an interesting view about…

New Year's Resolutions for Teachers

September finds us teachers relaxed and ready to put into practice all those wonderful ideas we’ve had during the summer break. But before we know it, it’s December and all we’re try to do is get through a day at a time to reach that winter break. January then brings the beginning of a new year full of promise and…

Say No to Your Child

Parents naturally want to see and make their children happy and many will go to any lengths to grant their children’s wishes, even if it means never saying no to them. Children, however, need to hear the word no as much as they need to hear the word yes. According to Dr Markham, saying no to your child helps with setting boundaries…

Long Division Board Display

Classroom boards are very important when it comes to displaying useful information for children to use. Not only do they brighten up the classroom, they show visitors what the children are learning as well provide the children themselves with a helpful learning resource to use. Below I’m sharing my Maths Working Wall on long division and an amazing anchor chart…

Apostrophes for Possession

Are you learning about apostrophes for possession? If yes, then carry on reading! 1.Singular possessionExplanation: An apostrophe and the letter ‘s are used to show possession. Example: The girl’s bicycle. Note: In the example, the apostrophe indicates that one bicycle belongs to one girl. 2. Singular nouns ending in ‘s’Example words: James, Wales, Paris and Dickens. Explanation: Singular words ending in s can either end…

Donut Division

Division is one of the four basic operations of arithmetic. When we divide, we share a number equally between a certain amount of groups. Division is the opposite operation of multiplication or otherwise known as inverse operation. Knowing the multiplication facts, can help us work out an answer to a division problem. There are special names for each number in a…

Fuel Your Passion for Teaching

Those of us who have been in the teaching profession for many years, must search for new challenges if we expect our 20th year of teaching to be as engaging as our first. Just like any long term, committed relationship, keeping that fire lit needs time and effort on our part. Teaching is hard, and no one will ever really…

The Effective Non-Judgemental Teacher

It’s in our nature, as human beings, to be in constant judgement of others. We constantly compare and contrast ourselves to those around us, checking out their actions and words and forming an almost instant conclusion about them. Many times when it comes to people we’ve known for years we may even subconsciously seek for affirmations that unknowingly justify our…