Bonjour! If you have been kicking around my blog for awhile, you know that I am a BIG fan of using math journals for spiral review. If you are brand new to the party, you can read more about why math journals are so great and how I fit them into my math block  here  and  here . I use math journals in two ways - as a spiral review activity during our whole group math block, and as "exit tickets" to cap off our small group math lessons. But, there are LOTS of other ways that you can use math journals, too! Here are six of my favourite ways to incorporate math journals into your daily routine: ...
Bonjour! Do you use brag tags in your classroom? I do! I love how I can use them to reward and reinforce sooo many amazing things my students do, from being great friends, to speaking French, to showing integrity, and persevering. (If you aren't sure exactly what brag tags are, check out this blog post before continuing on with this one!) Brag tags are hands down my FAVOURITE classroom management strategy so far. Buuuuuut, they have one major drawback. They take a lot of prep and can be pretty expensive to make! In my experience, a lot of teachers want to try brag tags, but feel discouraged by all of the printing and laminating that is involved. I print and prep mine over the summer, so that I am ready for the whole school year, but it can still be a pretty daunting task! Today, I will be sharing a few tips with you that will hopefully make your brag tag prep quicker, easier, and more cost-effective. TIP #1: INSTANT INK ...
Bonjour! Well, la rentrée has passed, and we are getting settled into our new routines. One thing that we started this past week is our math journal routine! I have written about math journals before, in this blog post , where I explain the top five reasons why I think every French primary teacher should give them a go. A few years ago, I would struggle with my students remembering what I had taught in previous math units. I would spend so much time creating fun, hands-on lessons, and my students would do really well and seem to have mastered whichever concept I was teaching at the time. But then, time would pass, and a few months later, it was as if I had never taught them about that topic at all! My students weren't retaining everything I was teaching them, because they were no longer using the information . Our brains are wired for this - they will drop information that it deems "unimportant", in order to make room for new information. ...
Bonjour! I don't know about you, but I have spent a bit more money than I wanted to on my classroom this back-to-school season. It's so hard to resist all of the cute stuff and quality resources! I figured that now would be a great time to share some FREE resources with you, to help get you through until that credit card is all paid off ;) Here are five of my favourite fall-themed French freebies! ...