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Alex Lancia

Reflections on teaching, learning, and life

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Elementary Ed

Teaching with Photographs

I don't exactly remember how or when I learned to read, but I do remember what I loved to read ... National Geographic.  Apparently I would sit in a way too big for me armchair next to my grandfather thumbing... Continue Reading →

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Create Portable Charts & Writing Independence with a Digital Toolkit

This post is all based on awesome idea #99 by my fab co-teacher @YYteach.  The problem we were facing was that we had great mini-lessons and charts, but the students struggled to apply the teaching points independently.  With our personal... Continue Reading →

Coding Apps for Elementary School

The catch phrase seems to be "coding is the new literacy" and while reading & writing will remain essential skills in the future now and always; these six apps are what I enjoy using in my coding ASA and classroom... Continue Reading →

Love & Life & Darker Places

February 14th is traditionally known as Valentine's day, a day to celebrate love in all its forms.  However, as poetic justice would have it, this year's Valentine's day also coincided with the first funeral I have had to attend for... Continue Reading →

The Power of a Good Read Aloud Book

"If you are what you eat, then I only want to eat the good stuff." - Remy (Ratatouille) The same analogy applies to books.  Not all books are created equal.  Some books I wonder how they ever got published in... Continue Reading →

What’s Worth Knowing?

I am a creature of habit. After another long day I lay down, flip open my Kindle, expecting to read the daily edition of the Times Colonist (a newspaper out of Victoria, BC that makes me feel connected to "home")... Continue Reading →

So … Where Are You From?

In a little over a week I will be welcoming new students, parents, and colleagues into my classroom.  Inevitably, after brief greetings and smiles comes the inadvertent side drop of the head, the look, and then "so ... where are... Continue Reading →

Visible Thinking Big Ideas

Over the course of about 10 weeks this Spring 2017 I took a Visible Thinking course through the Harvard Graduate School of Education along with a cohort of three other friends and colleagues from ICS Addis. Our learning journey is... Continue Reading →

A student, teacher, and parent remembers #ICSAddis

So last week I was curious and asked a group of my former Grade 2 students to write down what they remember about their time in my grade 2 classroom. Then on the last day of school, much to my... Continue Reading →

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