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Alex Lancia

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The Headphone Design Challenge

One of my professional goals for this school year was to make design thinking a more integral part of the curriculum, but not as a stand-alone activity, rather purposefully integrated.  The whole "less is more concept," especially since there never... Continue Reading →

The Flipped Classroom Experiment

It all started by accident really.  Just before recess.  On Friday.  Out of a need to recognize and give a voice to those students who were consistently acting as role models for the others in the class.  I pulled the... Continue Reading →

MAPA Foundation Programme Certification

Completed 13 hours of professional development to receive the MAPA Certification.

Poetry App Smashing

The impetus behind this idea came from constantly reading over the Grade 2 Common Core standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.2.6 which basically states that students should, "with guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in... Continue Reading →

Revising & Editing with Intent

Eventually the time will come when we ask our students to self-reflect and/or assess their writing.  Sometimes in the form of a rubric - sometimes in the form of a checklist - two stars and a wish, whatever you want... Continue Reading →

Don’t and Do: A Spelling Strategy

Born out of lack of success in having students independently use their class word wall, high frequency word lists, or personal spelling dictionaries to edit their writing my co-teacher @YYteach and I decided to give the Don't and Do spelling strategy... Continue Reading →

Using Shared Class Experiences to Model Writing

One of the key components of any writing mini-lesson is modelling what we expect of our students.  Often this takes the form of "guided" writing.  However, over the years I have found that this wasn't always as effective as it... Continue Reading →

Cable Free Classroom Projecting using Google Slides

My conundrum is that in the classroom I use my computer to take anecdotal notes, look at student data on the fly, etc (especially during conferring for reading/writing).  Oftentimes however my computer is connected to the projector cable and so... Continue Reading →

World Poetry Cafe

This year in conjunction with our TCRWP Poetry Unit we launched "World Poetry Cafe."  The idea behind it is simple.  Solicit other members of the school/broader community to come and share a poem they love.  It can be from their... Continue Reading →

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