5 Questions About Me

What are your hobbies? I love reading (lately that has translated into a love of audiobooks and podcasts), spending time outside, and making art. Recently I have been particularly enjoying making digital drawings for my STEM Puns project. Why did you become a teacher? While I was doing science outreach work in schools and summerContinue reading “5 Questions About Me”

Self-Portraits in the Early Years

One of the first things that I (and many of my colleagues) invite Kindergarten students to do at the beginning of the school year is to draw themselves. These first-day drawings are such a special piece of developmental evidence, and they become even more remarkable when seen alongside subsequent drawings from that school year andContinue reading “Self-Portraits in the Early Years”

Planning Tips for K/1

I hope your summer is off to a lovely, relaxing start! I chose this timing for my K/1 post so that I could compile many things I’ve found helpful this year into this one place and make it available to anyone who might find it helpful moving into summer/fall: Collaboration and connection with colleagues isContinue reading “Planning Tips for K/1”

Favourite Resources for Kindergarten French Immersion

I have been teaching Kindergarten for the past 3 years, and I am excited to be continuing my Kindergarten adventure next year. This past year I was teaching a K/1 combined class, so last week I shared some of my favourite resources for Grade 1 French Immersion. This week I am sharing some of myContinue reading “Favourite Resources for Kindergarten French Immersion”

Favourite Resources for Grade 1 French Immersion

This year I have been teaching a K/1 combined class, which has been a great experience for me overall because of the team I work with. (It was also cool because my first practicum placement as a student-teacher was K/1!) I have learned so much from collaborating with my Grade 1 team members – IContinue reading “Favourite Resources for Grade 1 French Immersion”

Anti-Racism Learning Resources

Here are some authors and their resources that have helped me, as someone with white privilege, in my anti-racism learning recently. Reminders 1. Aim to financially support BIPOC organizations, creators, artists, and businesses wherever possible. 2. Going into their space means you are agreeing to not treat them like Google or demand emotional labour byContinue reading “Anti-Racism Learning Resources”

Benefits of Google Classroom for K/1 Remote Learning

A few weeks ago my friend Megan Hume delivered a great PD on Google Classroom to our Kindergarten colleagues, and that inspired me to write this post about how it has been helpful for me teaching a combined K/1 class. Why Google Classroom? It has helped me collaborate with my two grade level teams duringContinue reading “Benefits of Google Classroom for K/1 Remote Learning”

Remote Learning Resources & Ideas for K/1

Now that I’ve lost track of which week of remote learning we’re on, here is a post highlighting a few of the resources and activities my Kindergarten and Grade 1 students have found particularly engaging. Each week I make a Kindergarten learning choice menu, and collaborate on a Grade 1 choice menu with my incredibleContinue reading “Remote Learning Resources & Ideas for K/1”

Connecting with “Why?”

I’ve been thinking a lot of this idea of my “Why?” – raison d’être as we say in the French Immersion biz – this week because I took part in a fantastic webinar on Saturday with Dr. Jody Carrington. I made this Sketchnote because I LOVE making and sharing Sketchnotes, and I was thrilled with the positiveContinue reading “Connecting with “Why?””

APPIPC 2016

On Friday I attended APPIPC 2016. It was wonderful to meet new people and to see some French Immersion colleagues from my previous school district as well as my Professional Specialization Certificate in Teaching French Immersion program. I learned a lot, and got some inspiration to try some new things. Before I start sharing myContinue reading “APPIPC 2016”