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Sound Walls In The Classroom

You’ve probably heard about sound walls in the classroom through colleagues or social media - maybe you’ve been asked to implement a sound wall in your classroom.  Implementing new tools can seem overwhelming at first, but the investment in student learning is...

Creating a Calm Classroom

What is a Calm Classroom? A calm classroom is a learning environment that gives students a sense of safety, relaxation and equilibrium. The calming environment is created mindfully through routine, decor, temperature and sound. Why create a calm classroom? A calm...

The Third Teacher in Your Classroom

Who is the Third Teacher? The Third Teacher in your classroom is the learning environment. The first teacher is the PARENT, the second the CLASSROOM TEACHER and the THIRD is the environment you create for your students. Healthy relationships between all three...

How to Have a Difficult Conversation with a Parent

Do you have a student that is struggling with their learning or their behaviour? It might be time to have a difficult conversation with a parent now! Parents hate surprises on report cards (your admin will hate it more), and if you haven't already had the chat you...
Should student goals be on display?

Should student goals be on display?

There are whispers that some educational bodies are discouraging the displaying individual student goals in the classroom, as part of a broader push for student data privacy. Our own philosophies may play a part in how we feel about this, but the reality is that there...

How to Co-Construct Success Criteria

How to Co-Construct Success Criteria

One of the most challenging parts of using learning walls, for me, is co-constructing success criteria. I used to plan my wall thoroughly, and even wrote the success criteria for my wall. This worked well until I realised that my students were demonstrating skills...

Bump It Up Walls in Your Classroom

Bump It Up Walls in Your Classroom

Bump it up walls are a fantastic tool to make learning visible in the classroom. Not only are learning intentions clear, but students can also use the wall as a 'third teacher' when you are busy with other students. My bump it up walls include work samples at...

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