Math Fight (App)


We are going to start our App Reviews with a very simple app.  Math Fight lets you go head to head against another person/student to test, and improve, your math skills.


Boogie Board Sync 9.7 ‘Teacher Review’

I will be posting a typed up version, with screenshots of the apps over the weekend, I just wanted to show everyone that the Boogie Board is fantastic for taking notes, including the student rhyming journal entry.  I had some difficulty adding individual images to the wordpress post so I had to stitch them all together and make one really long .jpeg file.  If you would like to look at the individual images/screens you can find them here.  I will be adding a word count once everything is typed up. Through this whole experiment the only problem I had was with adding the images to wordpress (they skipped about 10 lines after each of the 20 images, it didnt look pretty) and of course my ugly writing!

I will also be linking to some great articles about how writing helps students remember a lot more than typing, but I will save that for the typed up version. Enjoy the Boogie Board ONLY Review below for now!


New Teacher Must Haves


This one is for all of those Teacher Candidates doing their first practicum right now.  You are half way through!  You should be right in the middle of an amazing experience, and you may not have time to search all over the web to find some resources.  I hope this list of posts I have already made helps a bit.

ALL Ontario Curriculum Documents

Classroom / Student Behaviour

3 Great DPA/Gym activities

Language and Math activities


Essential Classroom / Teacher Tech

This is almost everything I have posted since starting the blog.  Go through the links and see if they help you out in anyway.

PLEASE, let me know if there are any areas that you want to be covered in the future, anything that would help you out.

Mr. S

The Number / Group Game (Phys. Ed.)

Our second Gym / DPA game is another one where all you need is a big open space (whistle is optional for this one).

* Some students like to call this The Number Game and others like The Group Game. Usually I play it with them and let them call it what they want and then go with that, it makes it more personal.

Tell your students to line up on one side of the gym (if you are playing this outside you just need to establish two boundaries that are on opposite sides of each other). Explain the simple rules for The Number / Group Game and have some fun!



Scholastic Dollar Deals!


One of the most important things I have discovered as an Occasional Teacher is that your best resources are always other Teachers.  Thanks to the various Facebook groups that have been going through great discussions and ideas this summer… including this great Scholastic Deal!

Click below for more details!

Teaching Math with LEGO :)

Everyone LOVES LEGO… everyone.  I came across this earlier today and thought I would share it.

See our second LEGO post, Teaching Language with LEGO.

Using Lego to Build Math Concepts

This is straight from, written by  Alycia Zimmerman 


Before we get into the article I also found a really cool video that shows the basic premise of the article in action.

This looks like a great way to use manipulatives to enhance your math lessons!

The great thing about Alycia’s article, as with the Teaching Language with Lego article, on the Scholastic website is that she goes much more in-depth, even including worksheets to go along with the lego bricks.  You can download all of the handouts right from the article, such as this really simple Part-Part-Total (Whole) sheet.