WipeChart is here!

Back in December we posted about Wipebook 3, a Canadian Kickstarter project.  I had been following these guys since day one and couldn’t resist jumping in on the Wipebook 3… it was my first Kickstarter Project!   After a bit of a delay, but amazing support and communication, I got my Wipebook 3 and have LOVED using it.  (We will be posting a review very soon!)

Here is a sneak peak at the Wipebook…



Pac-Man (Phys. Ed)


PAC – MAN is a game that a fellow teacher taught me this summer.  Kids will love this game, and there are many ways to change it up so that it keeps the kids engaged.

A select group of students will be ghosts and the other students will take the role of Pac Man.  The kids won’t care that in the real game there is only one Pac Man… they will be having too much fun 🙂 The ghosts will try to eat/touch the Pac Man while everyone is walking only on the lines of the gym floor.


Back to School!

WELCOME BACK!  The first week of school is over, and we’ve settled in… so it is time to get back to work on blog posts.  I have a few posts coming this week, with some great DPA games and a few cool tools for any teacher.

Make sure to follow us on twitter and facebook as I do A LOT of retweeting from some pretty awesome sources.

If you’re new to the blog here are some MUST HAVES to tide you over until things get going again this year.

If you have any ideas for future topics just let me know!



Here is the TYPED VERSION of the Boogie Board Sync 9.7 ‘Teacher Review’ going word for word from the original version written only using the Sync 9.7 itself.  

(*Statements made in this format are additions I made as I was typing out the review, things I forgot to add because I got sucked into the great writing experience on the Sync)


What is it?

The Boogie Board Sync 9.7 is an eWriter tablet with an LCD screen.  As the name suggests, you can save and sync all of the notes you create on the 9.7 inch screen to any of your various devices or even your Evernote account.

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

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 Scholastic.com, 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.


ARTICLE: How to Praise

How to Praise Your Kids the Right Way Without Spoiling Them in the Process

BY:  Sumitha Bhandarkar



Although this article is written for parents it can easily apply to teachers.  The author focuses on her views on how to praise children without spoiling them, or turning them away from creativity.  How can we praise our students in a way that gives them the most appropriate feedback?

“The key however, is to understand what kind of praise is appropriate in which situation.”


Tech: Sesame Snap




If you read our review on Sesame you need to check out Sesame Snap.  Although you can use Sesame IO as a stand alone service there is a much better experience if you connect it with Sesame Snap.  Snap allows you to use your iOS or Android (or BB10 device using the Android app) to take pictures and videos or student work, you can assess the work right on the mobile device.  After the work is documented you can sync it with your Sesame IO account, and the Student Profile will be updated.  You can comment on the student work and even share it with the student’s parents within seconds.

If you are interested in Sesame IO you should definitely get the Sesame Snap app as well!


Tech: Sesame IO


So far this week we have focused on Technology that makes it easier for teachers to remember and save their various digital files.  Today we will be discussing Sesame IO which is a fantastic Unit/Lesson Planning Software that allows a great deal of flexibility, creativity and connectivity.

It may be a little difficult to understand the concept before you see it for yourself, so we are going to start with the official introduction video. This video is a bit fast, but don’t worry, we will be breaking it down.

So there you have it, a robust online system to help you keep track of absolutely everything.  Sesame IO has the potential to become your calendar, planner, assessment binder/folder, student progress log, curriculum checklist and MUCH MORE!

Get the rest of the article below


Cyber Bullying

Today is Pink Shirt / Bullying Awareness Day, and as part of Tech Week we will be focusing on Cyber Bullying.

With more and more of our communications coming from behind a screen, instead of face to face, we need to emphasize the issue of Cyber Bullying with our students. As much as some new teachers would like to say that they have a better idea of how to deal with Cyber Bullying it isn’t always true. Very few teachers have ever experienced Cyber Bullying as students, because it didn’t exist.