Alex Lancia

Reflections on teaching, learning, and life


Elementary Ed

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 →

How I Use Mathletics in an Elementary Classroom

Mathletics is one of the resources available at our elementary school to help deliver the math curriculum. In this post I want to highlight some of the features of Mathletics so that you can decide whether it might be something... Continue Reading →

My Student of Tomorrow

So over the holidays during our annual "spring cleaning" I found this ... Who today still knows how to use a good old fashioned type-writer?  I don't.  Using a type-writer, like anything else, requires a certain level of skill that... Continue Reading →

A Teacher’s Guide to Integrating Writing and Coding in the Classroom

Hour of Code week is officially over but that doesn’t mean that coding in the classroom should be over too. So in my constant quest to integrate technology authentically in the classroom I came up with this solution for how... Continue Reading →

3 reasons to integrate Google Classroom with Readers’ & Writers’ Workshop

Click the image below to access the slides for the October, 2017 #KLsummit2017 presentation. I love Google Classroom. Why? Because in this case integrating tech allows me to redefine what is possible within a readers and writers workshop framework so... Continue Reading →

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