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2018 – Standard First Aid and CPR by Red Cross; Sport Competition Workshop by Special Olympics Saskatchewan; Making Ethical Decisions by National Coaching Certification Program; Respect in Sport by Saskatchewan Sport Inc.; Early Childhood Development by Cara Chow, BScOT and Shay Chub, BA, MSc; Creating a Classroom Calming Kit by Louise Burridge, BScH, BScOT, MEd;

2017 – Behavior Learning Cycle by Prairie South School Division; EAL Promising Practices by Prairie South School Division;Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training by Brenda Zinn, BSW (Prairie South School Division); Struggling Readers Conference by Joyful Literacy; Writing Professional Development by Prairie South School Division

Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training 2017

2016 – Reading Professional Development by Prairie South School Division; Different, Not Less by Temple Grandin

2015 – Nonviolent Crisis Intervention by Autism Resource Center (Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region)

2014 – Student Support Teacher Meeting by Prairie South School Division; Reading Professional Development by Prairie South School Division; Campion College Alpha Sigma Nu Journal Publication Vol. 5.1; Teaching Treaties in the Classroom Workshop by the Office of the Treaty Commissioner

 Teaching Treaties

2013 –  Peer Support – Identifying Struggling Students by the Centre for Student Accessibility, University of Regina; Facilitating Icebreakers Training by Troy Stende; Stress Management and Listening Skills by the Ambassador Program, University of Regina

2012 –  Regina Anti-Gang Services (RAGS) Presentation; Customized Resumes and Job Searching by UR Guarantee and Education Students Society

Customized Resumes Job Searching

2011 – Gangs in Schools by Regina Police Services

Gangs in Schools

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Multisensory Approach to Letter Formation

As per our school’s Learning Improvement Plan (LIP) focusing on student writing growth, I am embedding different modalities of letter formation into our phonics lessons. The students are enjoying a multi-sensory approach to writing: play-dough, chalkboards, whiteboard tables, wiki sticks, letter magnets, wooden pieces, etc. A new favorite is writing our letters with paint brushes in shaving cream. It is a really simple lesson that warrants student engagement.

A typical phonics lesson activity: Lakeshore letter-sound buckets for sorting initial sounds.

Shaving Cream Letters Lesson:

  1. Hold up letter cards and get students to state the letter name, sound, and action.
  2. Students copy the letter, starting at the top, with paint brushes in shaving cream. They form the lowercase and the uppercase for each letter.
  3. Students “erase” their letter with their brushes and repeat the process for the rest of the target letters.

Writing letter ‘v’ in shaving cream.

But What About the Mess?

I find that it is not as messy as it may seem. Each student needs to roll up their sleeves and be reminded not to eat, fling, or touch the shaving cream with their hands. We talk about how it smells good but would not taste good (you may want to note that it is NOT whipped cream). I get students to wipe off any excess shaving cream on the side of their tin (get baking pan tins with higher edges rather than baking sheet tins with lower edges) and then at the end of the lesson we use paper towel to clean the brushes before putting them in water.

Ready for the next letter!

The Benefits

The best part of shaving cream letters is that students do not feel pressure to form their letters perfectly. If they make a mistake, they simply can “erase” and try again! The teacher can observe the letter formation and remind students to hold brushes appropriately and start from the top during the lesson so the practice is meaningful. All students, especially those who dislike pencil-to-paper work, seem to buy-in to the novelty of shaving cream letters. No tears, busy minds at work, and smiling faces… seems like a win to me!

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