Last week I enjoyed two days of professional learning at NCTCA 2021. I gained so much new learning and many new connection from those days, and I am so grateful to the organizers of this virtual event and all of the presenters you will read about below!
Day 1: Thurday, February 4th
Connecting the Dots: Current Events to Future Opportunities with Anna Maria Tremonti
Rising StrongTM After Setbacks with Kimberly Knull
Amplifying Black Voices – A Conversation with the Black Teachers’ Association
Members of the Black Teachers’ Association shared some important insights and things to reflect on. I encourage you to click on their handles after their quotes below to connect and continue learning from them:
Immersion française au Canada: Soutien aux familles non francophones avec Marylou Gammans
I shared this sketchnote with my school colleagues, and added the following resources to my Google Classroom:
On Friday I get the opportunity to share my passion for sketchnotes at a professional development day with some of my Kindergarten colleagues – yay! Here is a sketchnote that I made about sketchnotes for the occasion:
I made this timelapse of the process, which is one of the cool features of the SketchBook app I use:
I’m looking forward to Saturday’s STAYLIT 2021, and I will be creating a post of my Sketchnotes from the day that will be shared next Thursday. In the meantime, here is a link to my post about RELIT 2020.
Do you have any questions about sketchnotes?
I’d love to see any sketchnotes that you create, so please feel free to tag me!
I wrote a post last month about Social Emotional Learning in the Early Years that started with “It. Is. Everything.” It’s so foundational that I am revisiting this now to share some more resources and ideas I have been using.
Last week we read Tourbillon d’émotions (The Way I Feel) with my students. We practiced the vocabulary and I invited students to share examples of times they have experienced various feelings. We also made faces using items in our individual loose parts bags such as buttons, popsicle sticks, and Q-Tips to show various emotions.
Later last week we read Thelma la licorne(Thelma the Unicorn) and talked about how the characters felt during different parts of the story.
Our names are important. They are part of our identities and our stories. They are generally one of the first words we learn to say, read, and write.
Last week I read the book Mon nom est Tonnerre (“Thunder Boy Jr.” in English) with my class. After having a conversation about why our names are important, we each decorated the first letter in our name and put them up on our alphabet wall using this great freebie from Mme Caroline.
As I wrote in my earlier post about self-portraits, they are one of my favourite things about teaching Kindergarten. I love seeing them throughout the year, and as I learned March-June of this year, it works for remote learning as well as in-person.
I am an avid collector of teach-shirts (or I guess you could call them teaching shirts). Since I have been asked a few times where I order them from, I wanted to put together this post for anyone interested. These are some of my favourites because they are comfy, fun, and provide some good reminders.
Andoveco French Shirts
I love Andrea’s French teacher shirt designs so much that I have three of them on t-shirts:
This shirt is so soft, and better yet it is an important reminder to keep doing things with my whole heart when I can’t predict the outcome. This summer I was lucky enough to win a VIP ticket for Relit 2020 from Laurie McIntosh that included this shirt in a box of goodies. Check out my blog post about Relit here.
Zen Lion Design Coffee, Teach, Sleep, Repeat Shirt
Teaching, coffee, and leopard print are some of my favourite things, so I was thrilled when I came across this cute shirt. I ordered mine as a t-shirt.
PicklesDesignShop Ça va bien aller Shirt
I treated myself to this beauty as a back-to-school gift, and I am looking forward to wearing it.
I have a t-shirt, hoodie, and long sleeve with my school name on it. I like to keep one at school in case I need an extra layer, want to add a bit of school spirit, get juice on my shirt from helping with a fruit cup, etc.
On the first day of Kindergarten, along with getting to know each other, where the bathrooms are, handwashing, safety guidelines, a first day self-portrait and photo, and time to play, I also like to read a story and have students make a handprint keepsake.
On Saturday I had the amazing opportunity to take part in Relit 2020, organized by Dr. Jody Carrington‘s team. I learned so much, and it was such a great way to recharge and get pumped up before officially getting back to work this week. I won a Very VIP ticket, so I want to say thanks again to Laurie McIntosh and Dr. Jody Carrington for everything!
Bring Your Brave by Dr. Jody Carrington
I shared my sketchnotes and some of the quotes that resonated with me on my Twitter (@Madame_I_Am) before sharing them here today.
Empowering Kids to be Brave by Naomi O’Brien and LaNesha Tabb
Walking Kids Through Grief & Loss by Jeremy Allen
Brave-Maker Strategies by Dr. Jody Carrington and Laurie McIntosh
Surviving the Toughest Year of Your Career by Joe Dombrowski
Hosted by Jesse Lipscombe
I am so glad that I take part in it, learn from the speakers alongside some new and renewed online educator friends, and I am so looking forward to Stay Lit in January 2021!
What have you been doing to get relit for the upcoming school year?