Monday, 13 May 2013

Resources To Start Off Your Week 63

     It is Monday and a kick-off to my busy weeks of substitute teaching! I am officially finished my student teaching placement but have been very lucky to have been booked EVERY DAY for the next three weeks for substitute teaching at various schools in "T-Division" and "M-Division". I have also started prepping for my first classroom(s) which will start in the fall. As part of that, I've been finding some great resources that I feel go towards creating a culture of respect and safe learning environment. As always, I will be adding these to my lists of resources under the Fav Websites heading.

1 ) "Buy A Dictionary" Posters
- In my classroom I strive to provide a risk-free environment where all
  students are free to be themselves without fear of discrimination based on
  disability, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation or any other means.
- One aspect of this includes using positive language and staying away from
  phrases that have negative connotations associated with them. These two
  posters, created by Alison Rowan Designs, do a great job of showcasing
  all of the other options that are available in place of sayings that can be

2 ) Need Help Now
- Social media plays a BIG role in our student's lives and, unfortunately, they
  sometimes find that there is too much information about them available online.
  Whether they have purposefully shared this information, or they find themselves
  the victims of  having someone else share information/pictures/videos/etc without
  their permission, this website is a great support.
- This website gives students practical information and support in regards to getting
  pictures/videos of themselves removed from online sources, dealing with peers who
  are distributing these pictures/videos, providing counselling support and much
* Download your own copy of the poster below at

need help now, canadian center for child protection, youth are not alone, you(th) are not alone

Happy Monday everyone!


  1. I super love those posters! My son is intellectually disabled and it means so much to me that these words are taken out of our vocabulary. My son and his beautiful friend Sofia made a video on the r-word that is very much like this poster. Please go check it out at the end of this post if you have a chance.

    I love that you are a whole brain teacher! I love WBT. I don't use it as much as I would like, but what I do use has changed my life. I got to meet Chris Biffle in Witchita, Kansas last spring. He is amazing! We drove from Dallas to listen to him speak for the day. I am a new fan of your blog! Thanks for spreading the word to end those words!

    1. Heidi, thanks for stopping by my blog and taking the time to share your story with me :) I just checked out your video and am so touched; I teared up a bit! Your son is so lucky to have such an angel in his life :)
      Thank you for visiting.

  2. Great posters! I think all of us make bad choices sometimes, perhaps without even realizing it! Teaching time is crazy right now, if you are not in testing mode like I am, you are in report card mode, or just plain when is this going to end mode! I wanted to invite you to drop by and enter the GIVEAWAY on my blog right now, just in case you missed it! It's a great 31Gifts organizer tote, I want all my Canadian blogger buddies to get in on the sale too! Jen the teacher sponsoring the party,is one of the first consultants for 31 Gifts in Canada! The prices are awesome...come and check it out!

    1. Thanks Sidney! I am a big fan of those posters, I will be putting them in my classroom next year :) There is always so much going on and it can be easy sometimes to say things that we shouldn't so it is my hopes that posters like these can be a helpful reminder for everyone!

      Thanks for letting me know about whats happening at your blog. I am heading over their now to check it all out :)


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