Teaching Reading skills from an early age

Teaching Reading skills from an early age Reading is daunting for everyone and it sure is a difficult skill to develop if it isn’t done properly. Researches now show that even babies could be taught to read or at least are responsive to letters in the same way as they...

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Change bad praise by effective praise

The previous article was about how we can deliver praise in an effective way. When I first started teaching, a million years ago, there are things I said or actions I took that I regretted. Blame it on my youth, as they say. We all make mistakes and it is important to...

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Mindfulness in the classroom

Morning get-together activities: mindfulness in the classroom Have you noticed what it feels like when you wake up in the morning and get a good stretch before doing anything else. You basically wake up your muscles and brain at the same time. You feel energized and...

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Effective praise in the classroom

What is effective praise about ? We all know that a pat on the back can improve the way our students learn and it is a good way to motivate them and also reduce disruption in class. However, what if our praise is not delivered in an appropriate way or genuine? 1. Why...

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The protection of languages

The protection of languages: a right and a duty On a Paris-Toronto flight I recently had the opportunity to watch a documentary –or shall I say 6 short documentaries- about Canada and more specifically about Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation. Those six short...

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Teaching with empathy

Teaching with empathy: Rethinking Education for a more humanity in teaching We all teach students from different social, economic, cultural backgrounds with different levels, needs, interests and abilities. This can make our lives as teachers a little bit difficult as...

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Growth Mindset Teaching

Growth mindset for teachers Have you ever thought about the endless possibilities we have in a lifetime? Life is short, they say. But it is even shorter if we don’t try. It is even shorter when we don’t dare because of the fears we have inside and because of all the...

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Celebrating Thanksgiving

Celebrating Thanksgiving in class with respect and gratitude Here comes that time again where our classroom’s walls get filled with beautiful displays about Thanksgiving. Here’s the time again when our students get their hands dirty while preparing turkey handcrafts...

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