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Back to School Playdough Activity: Building Teams and Collaboration

Wow….I’ve had requests numerous times for directions on how I run this activity and I can’t believe I’ve never blogged it.  I also can’t believe I can’t find pictures of it!  Ok, well here are the instructions and I promise … Continue reading

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Confession: I Set Students Up For Failure

So yes, this is my opening blog post for the 2015/2016 school year.  Now before you get ready to write me nasty comments, you better read the whole thing through. My story starts sitting around a lunch table at a … Continue reading

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Taking a 5% Rollback…..

Wow, I haven’t blogged in so long that I no longer recognize my dashboard!  Where have I been?  Blogging mostly at my class blog (www.mrsolthof.blogspot.ca) but I’ve returned here because my Grade 6 blog is no place to express what … Continue reading

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PAT Accountability

I’ve started getting my kids ready to write their PAT’s next week.  No, it doesn’t mean they’ve done tons of practice tests and no it doesn’t mean that I’m no longer teaching curriculum in order to test prep.  We’ve simply … Continue reading

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I Forgot My Phone

Not that long ago, I was sitting in the auditorium of my daughter’s school while they were hosting their year end band/music concert.  My daughter was the second group to perform and so fifteen minutes into the two hour long … Continue reading

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Confessions of an “Incompetent” Teacher……

I would like to make a confession.  In the past, I was an incompetent teacher.  And I doubt I’m the only one there has ever been.  But bare (bear?) with me, and read my post before you start hurling judgements … Continue reading

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Math Wars: iWest May 2014 Session

I’ve taken on the challenge of leading a discussion based session at iWest tomorrow….. Here’s my google presentation And here’s the google discussion doc – please feel free to add to it (I respectfully ask that you keep things relatively … Continue reading

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Breaking Up With The PCs in Alberta

Well……what can we say? If the ATA and the PCs were truly married, it might be suggested at this point that some serious marriage counselling would be in order.  I don’t think we need counselling, I think this marriage needs … Continue reading

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Why Inquiry Based Learning is Not Discovery Learning

I’ve seen people using the terms “inquiry based learning” and “discovery based learning” as though they are interchangeable.  They’re not.  And here’s why…. Let’s forget about that fact that discovery learning doesn’t actually exist for a moment and pretend that … Continue reading

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If Substitute Students Existed…..

I’ve been far too serious lately in my blog posts and I think it’s having an effect on my blood pressure.  I was inspired by my daughter earlier (along with a friend of mine from Facebook) to write this post. … Continue reading

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