Thursday, 30 March 2017

March Break

Hello Readers,

As I rest and reflect about my professional work during this March break, I thought about this quote from Nelson Mandela... it sums up everything that goes in a teacher's mind during this time of the year:

       “I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.”

Nelson Mandela

Have a wonderful break everyone! See you all in April :)

Sra. Sasse

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

How do we teach our children to create their own budget?

Hola Parents,

As parents and teachers we always want to teach our children to be wise with their money.


I have selected a few strategies that can help our children to deal with money and to help them when creating their own budget.

Please, click on the link below and read my parenting column on the Airdrie Life Magazine. 

If you have other suggestions on 'budgeting with kids' - that have worked for you and your children - please send them my way!


Sra. Sasse  :)

Monday, 27 February 2017

Web 2.0 Learning Tools

Hola, Bonjour, Hello All!

This posting will be short, but I hope it will create some food for thought...

As I work with the students in the Resource Room using many different tech tools, I would like to list the best ones I have found so far... of course, I am talking about Web 2.0 learning tools :)

                               What I have been using with my students (so far):

- Dictation on Google Docs. and on Word Doc.;

- Typing program using free websites such as:
- Reading websites such as:

- Using Power Point, Excel, and Word documents for students presentation;
- Research using Google engines;
- I-Movie;
- Photo Booth;
- Blogging using several different platforms.

I have noticed that students are very motivated when technology of some sort is involved in the tasks.
I also have learned a lot from the students!!! It seems like technology is so easy to them.

I love this quote from my professor Dr. Laidlaw from U of A where she argues that: 
  "Our children have had a very different upbringing in terms of their relationships with screen and texts to those of previous generations and have very different dispositions to texts than we adults do.” That is so true!!!

Note: Just a quick reference about Twitter... teachers have been using it as a professional learning tool. I find excellent articles and so many other useful things on Twitter.
You can check it out our school's Twitter's account: @Westgateb140 and mine:

Well, maybe this post did not end up being short at all :)

Please, send your comments, feedback is always appreciated and welcome!!!

Hasta Luego :)


O'Mara, J. & Laidlaw, L. (2011). Living in the iworld: Two literacy researchers reflect on the changing texts and literacy practices of childhood. In English Teaching: Practice and Critique, 10(4), 149-159. Retrieved from:

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Tips for Talking About Books With Your Child

Hola a todos,

As teachers, we always want our students to succeed in everything they do at school; the parents and their caregivers share the same desire.

One of the things that we could not empathize enough is the fact that we all want our children to become great readers!
But how can we help them with that?

First thing we need to do is to create a great environment for reading at school and at home!
But, how do we do that?

The article below from Scholastic offers some great questions that could guide the Home Reading activity and any other reading activity we propose to our children.
Using these simple suggested questions can be a great way to support our children in their reading process.

Please, take a look at:

Our comments and suggestions are always appreciated!

Gracias a todos,

Desde el escritorio de la Sra. Sasse :)

Monday, 2 January 2017

Welcome back to school! Happy 2017!

Happy 2017! Welcome back to school everyone! It will be a great and exciting year!

To start our work on a good note I would like to share something I enjoy doing... 
I love to write poems! The students and I have been writing a lot of nice poems lately... in Spanish and in English :)

Here is a little sample for you!

Please, leave a comment, we appreciate reading your thoughts.

Ellis et al (2010), argue that  “…when researchers do autoethnography, they retrospectively and selectively write about epiphanies that stem from, or are made possible by, being part of  a culture and/or by possessing a particular cultural identity.”  

This poem will tell you a little bit of me…

Little Child of Mine

A little child had a desire
She wanted to show other children how do to things
The little child loved to share her games and toys
She liked to see others creating original things
The little child treasured those moments
She seemed like a mother sometimes, even though she was so young...
The little child enjoyed teaching her friends all the cool things she could do
She was respected among her friends; they always listened to her
The little girl had so much to give
She had so many hopes and dreams
The little girl wanted to be a teacher
She wanted to change the world
That little girl was me!

Friday, 23 December 2016

Let’s do some Reading over the Winter Break!

Let’s do some Reading over the Winter Break!

We all know that children need to read to develop their reading skills, but how do we motivate them to do that?

Teachers, parents and caregivers want to give their children the best opportunities to create and sustain a love of reading in their kids. So what should we do to get our children stimulated to read especially during the Winter Break?

Here are a few things that parents and caregivers can do to encourage their children to read:

1-    If parents themselves have the habit to read in front of their children and to their children, that is alone a great motivator!
2-    Take your children to the Public Library; let them pick their own books. Talk about their books’ choices. Get a book for yourself too!
3-    Help your children to read out loud, show them the pictures in the books and talk about them.
4-    Create little plays with your children, let them build the characters… they can use their imagination to invent new storylines or they can use familiar story’s plots. *Grandparents, aunties, uncles and cousins that are visiting make great bonuses characters J
5-    When you are reading to your children stop in the middle of the book and ask them to predict what is going to happen next in the story. This type of activity helps to boost the children’s imagination and it also promotes engagement.
6-    At the end of the story ask your children not only questions which answers are easy to find in the book, but also ask questions that go beyond the story. Questions such as “if you were the boy/girl in the story, what would you do differently? Why?”
7-    Use technology for reading! Tablets, computers, laptops and phones can be very helpful when trying to get the children to read. There are countless free apps, and websites that have children storybooks with read out loud/read along options.
8-    Tell your children stories!  Do you remember those stories from when you were a child? Children love to hear them!
9-    Ask your children to read a story to you! Yes, tell them that you also like when they read stories to you. It can be at bedtime, bath-time, at any time!
10- Re-read some stories to your children! We love to see our favourite movies more than once, right? Our children also like to hear their favourite stories more than once! Do you know what is your children favourite story? That is a great place to start J

Use these strategies one at the time! Don’t overwhelm your children; after all it is just the beginning of the Winter break! Enjoy your time with your family and don’t forget to have fun!

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Small Group Work

                                              Small Group Work

It is amazing to see how students enjoy a small group work…

I have been working with several students in the resource room for the last few months and I have noticed how much work they produce when they are given extra time and support.  I also noticed that they tend to be more engaged when they work with peers that seem to have the same interests that they have.

We have been working on Math games to develop addition and subtraction mental skills. We used Power of Ten, regular cards and dice. Students have been also creating their own games and/or modifying the rules of games we normally play to attend to their needs.

In English Language Arts we have been reading books of all levels and working on prediction and questions that go beyond the story. We are also creating little plays and writing a few stories based on our favourite books.

In Spanish Language and Arts we have been listening to read-out loud stories from reading websites and we have been practicing new vocabulary and working hard on pronunciation.

A few students have been using different strategies to accomplish their work, such as computer dictation, typing and peer’s project sharing tasks.

Some groups have been working on printing skills to support letter formation, spacing and editing.

The most important thing we do in the Resource Room is to support and complete the work that has begun in the classroom. Students have been very successful in accomplishing this goal.

Next year we will be focusing on setting learning goals for the final 6 months of school. We are looking forward to achieving all of our goals!

Have a great Winter Break and don’t forget to do a lot of reading and to have fun with your family!

                                   Desde el escritorio de la Sra. Sasse,