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Media Literacy Foldable

11 Dec

The craziness of the winter season is upon us at school! We’re doing all we can to keep our kids and academics on track while they are already focussed on the break. Add in preparing for a Christmas concert (yes, ours is still a Christmas concert) and all the holiday related interruptions and the day can seem excessively long and tiring.  As well, the other day there seemed to be a lot of supply teachers in so either everyone was taking a fun day and we didn’t get the memo or there is a nasty bug going around. Again. Good times. Good, good times.

When we think about it, there is rarely a time when there isn’t some stressor or a three-ring circus kind of day. There is always something. We can’t remember the last time we heard a colleague say they felt caught up and well rested. Maybe because they see the rest of us and know they would be universally despised or because we, as a general group, tend to feel we should always be doing more and focus on what needs to be done.

As always, our goal is to help you lessen your stress and help out where we can. We’ve noticed media literacy is a popular category in our stats so we decided to post our recently created media literacy foldable. We looked at the 5 key concepts of media literacy so we used the media triangle to create our foldable.

We also hope you take some time over the holidays to reflect not on what you need to do but what you have done well. It’s not as easy but would be good for the teaching soul. Happy Holidays!

You can download the file here:

Media Literacy INB brownlee and belanger

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(T)Each Day is a New Adventure

25 Nov

Interactive Notebooks in Math (Patterning and Number Sense)

20 Oct

Open Response and Math

23 Sep

Over the summer, one of us read way too many math focussed books and not enough fiction.  Then, not content with just reading the books, she often decided that she had to make some organizers to go with the math text.  As Dr. Marian Small is a math guru, she decided to start with her work. Turns out Dr. Small has way more books than anticipated! Anyway, long and boring story cut short, Dr. Marian Small’s Good Questions: Great Ways to Differentiate Mathematics Instruction was a (relatively) more interesting read and offered some great ideas for math instruction. These included:

  • Turning around a question
  • Asking for similarities and differences
  • Asking for a number sentence
  • Replacing a number with a blank
  • Changing the question

Turning around a question, has the teacher give the answer while the students create the problem or number sentence. Asking for similarities and differences, allows students to discuss how items or concepts are alike or different (pretty self-explanatory concept really!). In asking for a number sentence, students are asked to create sentences that include certain words and numbers.

Now that we are back to school, the studious one of us is regretting her poor judgement in frittering away her time on thoughtful tasks. Her sister very nicely sorted out a stack of mysteries for her to read but did she complete that pile? Noooo. Well, her loss is your gain. If you are interested, below are organizers that will help you use these concepts in your classroom.

Now, go! Find a good mystery to read before it’s too late.

 

Download the file here: Open Math Questions Student Response BLM Brownlee and Belanger

Back to School/Getting to Know You Pages

30 Aug

Okay, so it’s back to school time and we are thinking about those first days back and the oh-so-important getting to know you activities. It seems that everyone has some cutesy idea and crafty bulletin board ideas posted. You know those ones, the kind that make the rest of us feel like we couldn’t come up with that kind of display even if we were graded on it! Despite our ineptitude in this area, we still always try.

So we have a superhero theme going on but we kind of wanted a social media take on the getting to know you activity. This is where our mildly, somewhat, okay scary compulsive side comes into play. We have an idea in our heads and then we look around. There are some amazing resources available but they are not quite exactly what we want. For some reason we don’t want a full page but we don’t want a half page either.  It’s weird. The normal thing to do would be to use the premade pages and say “This will work for me very well, thank you”.  It is not to obsess about how it’s still not what you want.  Instead, you set about making your own. You even sign up for Instagram because you want to see the images and the layout. You create an Instagram theme getting to know you page. For a while you’re happy…

Then, you start thinking about selfies. That could be cool and there’s even some clipart with superheroes taking selfies. Again, you follow similar steps as before. At least this time there isn’t anything you have to register for and a cellphone template is surprisingly quick and easy to make.  Again, you’re happy.

At least for a while…

Anyway, for anyone who is still looking for variations, here are a couple more ideas. You can say “This will work for me very well, thank you” or set about  on your own compulsive ways.  Good luck!

… maybe we should be checking out superhero themes …

You can download the files here:

All About My Selfie Brownlee and Belanger

Getting to Know You Instagram Page Brownlee and Belanger