Go Fish Skunk: A Card Game for Teaching Math

On May 10, 2012, in Differentiation, by Nicole Lantz

Our simple twist on Go Fish creates a natural inclination to ask for pairs of higher numbers to win. Since the student has to count higher once they get a high-value pair, he or she is self-selecting their degree of difficulty when they call out “Do you have a…” Try grouping by ability for your differentiated elementary classroom (Ages 3 to 6).

Video: 1 min of Sky Watchers Weather Learning Stations

On February 29, 2012, in Lesson Plans, Projects, by Nicole Lantz

I think it’s enough to know how easy it was to find smiles, enjoyment, absorption, and animated conversation for this preview. That is the success of these learning stations. 
You can see the value of the educational research that went into them, the carefully chosen instructional strategies, the details. You can see it in the faces.

Take a look.

Free entry to Nova Scotia parks, museums and art galleries

On September 14, 2011, in General, Nonformal education, by Nicole Lantz

Wouldn’t it be remarkable? I’ve been thinking about it ever since I visited the British Museum and the National Gallery in London, UK only to find, incredibly, it was all free.

Is it possible the Brits might be onto something? Galleries, museums, and parks offer communities incredible opportunities for lifelong learning. Imagine 83% more interaction with Nova Scotian art, culture, natural history, and natural spaces.

Walking with Class: Is Single File Limiting your Field Trip?

On May 4, 2011, in General, Nonformal education, by Nicole Lantz

This along-the-way activity is especially good for children who have inadvertently gotten ants in their pants en route to a field trip destination. It also works as a 3-minute energizer in the middle of class – simply do the actions on the spot. From toddlers to preteens, use it with whole classes or, for the eager homeschooler, it is great for one or two.

3 tips for educators so the next Andre Agassi is not as unhappy

On September 13, 2010, in Curriculum, General, by Nicole Lantz

“Make your first decision in life the most important one, which is how I’m going to define success, because if you define success the wrong way, you’re in for a series of real, real hard lessons. And you’re in for a life that you won’t be at peace with.” Andre Agassi , September 7, 2010 on CBC Radio Q

Classroom broccoli: How lesson plans can help students learn to like difficult topics

On August 5, 2010, in General, How We Learn, Lesson Plans, by Nicole Lantz

A. Integrate choice into your lesson planning.
B. Plan activities in your lessons where students get a chance to see someone enjoying his or her work in that field.
C. Remember, everyone’s broccoli is different.

Museum Exhibits: How to Take Advantage of a Teachable Moment when there is no Teacher

On July 12, 2010, in Nonformal education, by Nicole Lantz

If there is nobody teaching, can you still take advantage of a teachable moment? I’d venture to say yes. I’d even say that when it comes to a museum, you have to. The question is – how do you find them?

Gross National Happiness & Health Promotion

On July 7, 2010, in Health Promotion, by Nicole Lantz

This is a health promotion application of Gross National Happiness inspired by the voices of Ray Anderson, John Ralston Saul, and Mathis Wackernagel. Since it’s from the 2005 international conference “Rethinking Development: Local Pathways to Global Wellbeing”, it’s been a while since I wrote it. Sometimes “in with the new” doesn’t have to mean “out with the old”…

4 tips for good facilitation I learned from riding a bike

On May 16, 2010, in How We Learn, by Nicole Lantz

I watched my little guy learn how to ride a bike today. Note that I didn’t say that I taught my son how to ride a bike today. I suppose I can claim I facilitated it, and that’s simply the truth of teaching no matter what the subject.