The Sketchbook of Impossible Things

A few years ago I had the best PD so far of my teaching career - spending time in @sherrattsam classroom. There I was introduced to the concept of the bubblecatcher. Sam gave an address at learning2 last year on the topic of Bubblecatchers. The idea of documenting and tracing ideas appealed to me and... Continue Reading →

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Fish – Judging a book before seeing its cover #grafish

Sometimes the best lessons are the ones you think of on the fly. I often read books to the children in my class on my iPhone. It's probably quite disconcerting for an outsider to walk in and see me reading away on my phone. I do worry about abandoning actual books however often the books... Continue Reading →

Fish – a book to inspire inquiry and action #graFISH

Four weeks before the end of school, I was in a bind. My class had just finished reading Under the Mountain and there wasn't enough time left in the school year to start a new book. I thought about reading some short stories and then came across Fish by LS Matthews a book that will be... Continue Reading →

Under the Mountain – a read aloud review

Maurice Gee was one of my favourite authors as a child. I’ve read a lot of his books and loved the TV series that were adapted from his works. Our final Unit of Inquiry for the year was on earth forces. I thought I would have trouble finding a book appropriate for Year 4 to... Continue Reading →

Sketchnoting – Fish the novel

With the school year coming to an end, we needed a quick read to finish out the year. Fish turned out to be a great read. Quick, simple prose that inspired some fantastic sketchnotes. The ambiguity of the story led to some fantastic classroom discussions. I know the class will miss Tiger. I look forward to sharing... Continue Reading →

Sketchnoting – making read alouds more awesome

"Ohh I have a important idea, should I put it in my bubble catcher?" A bubble catcher is a place for an ideas to grow and form. As the class and I were discussing the novel, Under the Mountain, one of the children had a thought he wanted to remember later. "Yes of course what a... Continue Reading →

Another read aloud favorite – the One and Only Ivan

with the fast of term fast approaching, I was in a hurry to get the latest class read aloud finished, the One and Only Ivan.I read this book to my class last year as part of a Sharing the Planet unit and he made another appearance this term.Ivan is a gorilla whose home is a... Continue Reading →

Home work – learning logs follow up

As a follow up to the last post on home learning. This week I had some amazing responses from the children to the idea of fairness. This child has used a simple comparison between his perspective and his mother's perspective. I love how the child is learning from his mother and that the learning conversations are continuing... Continue Reading →

Read aloud favourite – The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

There is always a risk during an incredible class read aloud like Wonder that the follow up book will not nearly be as good. That the children won't bond with the characters and will not be as excited to hear about the story. Last year I read Out of my Mind by Sharon Draper with the... Continue Reading →

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