Author Archives: Diane Scaiff

About Diane Scaiff

Education fascinates me as a teacher, a learner and observer. I constantly wonder why certain things work and others don't, why we are told to teach in ways that are not sound, pedagogically, when we all know better. I also wonder about the impact of teaching on teachers' lives. Does it change us? Does it affect our families? What about the effect of public perceptions of teachers and our roles in the communities? How can we be scapegoats once day and saints the next? How do we deal with this? How are students affected by these perceptions? I hope to address some of these questions and more that arise from my readers as time goes on. There may be no answers, but asking questions is important. Diane B.A. (hons), Dip R.S.A., M.A.(Ed) 25 years of teaching elementary students and adults, Qualified in ESL and adaptive education.

Ten Book Reports in a Year: the Package

A unit of book reports originally designed for grade sevens (twelve-year-olds) but could be used with grade eights and adapted for other grade levels. Continue reading

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Have You Read?

A book list aimed at bright students in grade seven and eight (ages 12 to 14) and their parents. Designed to stimulate and expand the students’ normal reading patterns. Continue reading

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Finding the Poetry

A lesson aimed at teaching the important parts of writing poetry: words and feelings. Continue reading

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Learning to Love Teaching Poetry

It’s tough teaching poetry well. This is a suggestion for a unit used for grades two, three and four using The Walrus and the Carpenter and The Tyger. Continue reading

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Lessons in Perspective (Art, Empathy, Math, Literature)

A unit that combines lessons in perspective in art, empathy and mathematics. Can be expanded to include literature and writing. Can be adapted K-12
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Looking for TEACHERS outside the box?

TEACHERS outside the box is a blog that comments on all things educational. FOR TEACHING outside the box is a blog which offers practical ideas, lessons and units for new and well-seasoned teachers. Continue reading

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Using the Internet to teach and teaching students how to use the Internet

Ideas on teaching research skills to all grade levels, including appropriate use of Internet, identification of bias, Boolean logic, using indexes, encyclopedias and other resources. Continue reading

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