Author Archives: Jessica Partridge

Helping Your Child Read – Creating Mental Images

I’m often asked for additional ways that my friends can help their children with reading. I would like to begin by noting that reading is highly complex and multifaceted. When reading with your child please remember that reading is not … Continue reading

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Moms Are Their Child’s First Teacher

Hello again! As you can see I haven’t written a blog post in a while and so much in my life has changed. I’ve spent the past year as an Instructional Coach for the Peel District School Board and loved … Continue reading

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Technology in the Classroom

The 21st century classroom is all about learning through rich tasks that are open enough to allow for the 6 C’s (i.e., collaborative inquiry to solve real and relevant problems, creativity and innovation, critical thinking and problem solving, communication, citizenship, and … Continue reading

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Memorization or Learning?

I believe that there is some value in memorizing facts but it is limited.  There is an excellent article written by Marian Small (a K-12 mathematics professor and author) that focuses on this exact issue.  Her opinion, and I would … Continue reading

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Building Background Knowledge Prior to Student-led Inquiries

I recently had the opportunity to hear Garfield Gini-Newman speak to the staff at Whitehorn Public School (PDSB).  Garfield is a senior national consultant with the Critical Thinking Consortium.  Please click on the link below to learn more about this consortium.  … Continue reading

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Starting an Inquiry into Early Societies

In Grade 4, when getting started with inquiry I suggest starting with the curriculum. The new Ontario Curriculum Grades 1-6, have overview pages that are meant to provide you with a starting point for planning instruction. Within this overview, there … Continue reading

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Building Successful Pathways from Kindergarten to Grade 1

I was recently asked a very thought provoking question by a FDK team that I support.  I was asked to help them create consistency when discussing their Kindergarten and Grade 1 students, specifically in the area of self-regulation.  The FDK … Continue reading

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