Marian Small – Resources that SUPPORT student understanding!

Big Ideas from Dr. Small K-3
Big Ideas from Dr. Small provides math teachers with what they need to know to teach the curriculum while focusing on the big ideas for each math concept. Each book includes hundreds of practical activities and follow-up questions to use in the classroom. The accompanying Facilitator’s Guide is ideal for coaches and leaders of Professional Learning Communities.

Good Questions: Great Ways to Differentiate Mathematics Instruction (K – 8) Describes two easy-to-implement strategies for differentiating mathematics in any strand. The book offers almost 300 questions and tasks that teachers and coaches can adopt immediately, or use as models to create their own. It also shows how to create a more inclusive classroom learning community that engages participants from all levels

Eyes on Math: A Visual Approach to Teaching Math Concepts (K – 8) A Visual Approach to Teaching Math Concepts - Eyes on Math is a unique resource that shows how to use images to stimulate mathematical teaching conversations around K-8 math concepts.

Natural Curiosity

“Natural Curiosity” is one of the best resources that I’ve come upon that translates place-based education into real, live classroom examples. The Environmental Inquiry in Action Teacher’s Stories have a deep ring of truth about them. They capture authentic childrens’ questions and they display teachers’ genuine musings and concerns about how to create meaningful curriculum…The reader is right there is the classroom watching the learning unfold. This veracity has the potential to compel others to have the courage to also be adventurous.” - David Sobel (noted educator and author of Childhood and Nature)

This resource has been recommended to me by Learning Partners and Early Primary Teachers. I have had the opportunity to read sections of the book in PDF and try one lesson in an FDK classroom. The teacher was excited about a lesson taken directly from this resource and how well it worked to meet instructional and learning needs.

Click on the link and you will have access to a free download. Use this resource to explore, wonder, investigate and question yourself as an educator and offer your students opportunities to learn through inquiry.



NEW…..Blended Learning – K-12

Desire2Learn provides a Learning Management System (LMS) to school boards and it is a stable and secure e‐learning environment that supports 21st century teaching and learning practices across the province.

In HPEDSB, Amanda Allison is the e-learning coordinator and any teacher K-12 is welcome to contact her to acquire a login and password in order to create a class profile and access and use features such as calendar, eportfolio, newsletters, conversation and so much more!

As a learning partner, I have had training with Amanda Allison. If you are interested in learning more, please let me know and I would be happy to spend some time with you at your school to help you navigate the software. It is very easy to learn and use both for teachers and students. This is also an exciting way to strengthen the school and home connection because parents/guardians are able to access the elearning site too :)

Readers Workshop Mini Lessons

Reading with Meaning by Debbie Miller – Second Edition, Teaching Comprehension in the Primary Grades is an invaluable resource to help teachers understand and build age appropriate structures into classroom programming to develop and honor student reading and set students up for success.

The book is laid out month by month and offers a variety of strategies to support teachers who are interested in implementing readers workshop into classroom programming.

Below is a link that supports Debbie Miller’s pedagogy.



Early Learning Center – Teaching and Learning with Early Primary

As a classroom teacher with a wide range of teaching experiences, early primary is my area of focus as I begin my new role as LP this year. I have spent countless hours on this ETFO website which provides a plethora of information: Plans, Playing is Learning, Tips for Educators, Resources and a blogs of other FDK and Early Primary teachers who are integrating a wide range of instructional strategies into classroom programming to engage student learners and to ensure a high quality of education is accessible to all children.

All I can say is….Check it out!

Collaborative Inquiry – A Facilitator’s Guide

This is a guide….so lots of reading but like any book, you may pick and choose what material is relevant to you and your learning. In the Table of Contents, you will notice there is wealth of practical teaching and learning strategies to effectively implement collaborative inquiry into classroom programming. I really appreciate the various types of questions that are listed as examples to consider when developing or working through the inquiry process. I believe askign rich questions is one of the keys that will unlock the door to deeper thinking and understanding. Take what you want from this document….it is superb!

Getting Started with Student Inquiry – Capacity Building Series

This article provides teacher friendly information about the importance of integrating collaborative inquiry into classroom practise. It is a quick, easy read in which the information is divided into four categories: Focus, Share Learning, Explore, Analyze. In each of these area, supporting evidence is given with regards to student and teacher benefits. There are also a suggested list of 6 tips for getting started on a collaborative inquiry. I highly recommend this article.