Author: Susan Ward


Classroom Management |Staying Positive

Every morning we enter our classrooms and set the tone for the day. Our attitude and demeanor will turn a bad day into a good one and a good day into a great one for each and every student in our class. Having strong classroom management skills is essential to (more…)


Classroom Activity | Travel Ideas

Studying another country? Why not challenge the students to create a virtual trip to that country? Start with each student creating a suitcase using a small box that could be decorated with pictures of places and symbols of the destination country. After that, the travel bag would have to contain (more…)

Classroom Strategies | Teacher Moderation 0

Classroom Strategies | Teacher Moderation

Consider this scenario: Your school has several classes of the same grade. As the principal, you begin to notice that the marks in Mrs. Smith’s class are consistently higher than that of Mrs. Jones’ class.This is puzzling because you distinctly remember balancing the two classes in terms of the student (more…)


Activity | New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year! Bonne Annee! Naya Sala Mubaraka Ho! No matter the language, the message is the same:  wishing everyone a happy and healthy new year. Often, as we return to classes from a holiday break, we ask the students to make New Year’s resolutions, to plan a small change (more…)

Article | Managing Inquiry Data 0

Article | Managing Inquiry Data

Your students have begun their search for data, information and evidence to answer their initial questions. Fabulous! They are reading and taking notes, talking with their teammates, asking new questions. But what are they doing with all that data? How are they keeping all of that organized? Here are some (more…)


Article | Inquiry – A Learning Process

Research projects – we’ve all assigned them. They can vary from a read and report biography of a famous person to an in-depth science project. Each is valid and has its place in the education of our students. But, do our projects really engage our students? Do these assignments challenge (more…)


Article | Encouraging Good Citizenship

Last week we talked about encouraging students to recognize and find out about the heroes of their own country as well as those of other countries. Those heroes were, at one time, ordinary citizens. They were people who were placed in unusual circumstances and drew upon their belief that their (more…)

Article | Who Are Our Heroes? 0

Article | Who Are Our Heroes?

On November 11th, people in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Great Britain, France and the United States celebrate a holiday designed to honour our military heroes – those who have fought in our armed forces to keep our nations free. Whether it is called Remembrance Day (Australia, Canada, Great Britain), Armistice Day (more…)


Article | Defining Social Studies

  Where can you find art, music, history, economics, language, dance and geography all combined in one place? Social studies, of course! Social studies is that area of the curriculum which allows us to look at where people live, how people live, why they live there, what they do to (more…)


Article | Getting Students Hooked on Lessons

Students need to be interested in a lesson. They need to buy in, to find a reason to pay attention and to participate. For some, the thrill of learning something new is its own reward. But sadly, for many others, the intrinsic value of learning eludes them. As teachers, we (more…)