ED6101 – FRE1D – Final Submission.

Who am I? Miss Alanna (the teacher) and regular Alanna (the self), what I thought I would be before I started teaching. I find it hard to separate who I am as a person and what kind of teacher I am, or want to be. I have never been able to find the line that…

Changing What We Think About and How We Address Behaviour in the Classroom

In one of my Masters courses, Current Issues, we have been talking about teaching children who have experienced/are experiencing trauma, and mental health issues in schools. It’s made me reflect on situations where I have been involved in those things with my own students. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, Kindergarten is…

The Story of Bugs: A Student-Initiated and Spontaneous Inquiry

“They’re killing all the bugs!” – L The beginning of this inquiry came after recess one day when the children were lining up, and a child was crying. L explained that a few other children were going around stepping on all of the bugs that they found. When we got back upstairs, we had a…

I have a TPT Store!

If you know me, at all, you know that I create almost everything that I use in the classroom. Usually I’d rather make something, than spend hours searching the internet to find something. I’ve started to really collect the things I’ve made, and as I am doing this, I have set up an account on…

Let’s talk Tech!

ICT… IT… TECH… iPads… Computers… that stuff-that-never-works-when-you-need-it-to… whatever you call it.. I LOVE IT. Our classroom was be filmed by a local German TV station in October 2016 because of our use with technology. I’m pretty techy and I love to learn about new APPs, new ways to extend learning and thinking, and I looooooove to trial…

What Schools Should Be…

I have a dream, which is to open my own school (or head one that I can make really radical changes in.. haha) There are classes/activities/courses that I think should be part of the school day that aren’t in our current systems, and also the way the day is structured needs some re-thinking. I’m going to…

The Need for Open-Ended Math

I’ve been thinking about math a lot lately. Specifically – I was thinking about how the children in my class were showing me their understanding of math (numbers, measurement, patterns, size/shape, etc) through their play, through their manipulation of the materials they’re working with, through their discussions… Do I give value to what they’re doing…

Taking a Look at Writing.

Writing in general is very subjective. In the early years, writing = mark making = scribbling = drawing = letters/signs/symbols The important thing to note is that children begin ‘writing’ before we even notice it. There are a bunch of rubrics/samples/guides when talking about writing in the early years, and I’ll share some of my…

You Should Get a Sticker For That.

No. This is going to be a debatable post, I’m sure, but here we go. Intrinsic vs. Extrinsic rewards An intrinsic reward is something like personal achievement, that ‘good feeling’ you get when you’ve done something nice for someone, the feeling of accomplishment and pride. An example, holding the door for someone. An extrinsic reward…

Unstructured Time

Imagine going to a party… you don’t really know anybody, maybe one or two people there. You walk in, and what do you do? Do you go right to the people you know? Do you walk around a little bit to check it out? Do you go get some food or a drink first? Do…

Classroom Environment

Setting up the classroom is one of my favourite things. I can spend HOURS organizing, moving, reorganizing, and re-moving the room, furniture, and materials. I tend to shift the classroom around multiple times throughout the year. The most important thing to remember is that you are not the only one using the space, so even…