Classroom Environment · Literacy · Teaching

The Literacy Block

The learning needs of all students become the focal point when the school day is structured to provide large, uninterrupted blocks of time for literacy related activities (“literacy blocks”) (Ontario Ministry of Education, 2003).

The video I have created below explores:

  • Modelled Reading
  • Shared Reading
  • Guided Reading
  • Independent Reading
  • Writing



Classroom Environment

A Positive Attitude

I like to think that I am a positive person and even more so, a positive teacher. One thing that I wanted to set out to do this year was to create a positive climate in my classroom. I make an effort to compliment my students, wish them a nice recess/lunch and get to know them which allows me to ask about their… Continue reading A Positive Attitude

Behaviour Management · Classroom Environment

Classroom Agreements

On the first day of school, I think it is important to come up with classroom agreements as a class. First, I asked my students what kind of classroom environment they would like to have. I then explained that we needed to come up with classroom agreements about the way we should treat each other, how… Continue reading Classroom Agreements

Classroom Environment · Teaching

A Teacher’s Mood

As teachers, we have a huge impact on what happens in our classroom. We are all responsible for the energy we bring into a space – what kind of energy do you bring into your classroom? Are you genuinely interested in your students? Do you model the values and behaviours you expect of your students?… Continue reading A Teacher’s Mood