Classroom Supports → Instructional Strategies

ETFO Professional Learning in the Early Years

This photo and video-content driven website contains professional learning for educators teaching in the Kindergarten context. Topics include observation of children, mathematics, conversations, and classroom tours.

ETFO Professional Learning in the Early Years

Picture Books that Promote Growth Mindset

This blog post suggests 5 picture books one can use to promote growth mindset.  These books display characters that persevere, learn the value of positive self-talk, and come to understand the value of creativity and originality.

Picture Books that Promote Growth Mindset

The Heart and Art of Teaching and Learning blog

This blog shares the learning journey of educators like you who are living the heart and art of teaching and learning with students. Teachers share their advice on classroom layout, building inclusion, classroom management, report cards and much more!

The Heart and Art of Teaching and Learning blog

Fixed Mind-set Vs. Growth Mind-set Infographic

An infographic showing the concept of growth mind-set.

Fixed Mind-set Vs. Growth Mind-set Infographic

Capacity Building Series

A selection of articles from the Capacity Building Series, a production by the Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat to support leadership and instructional effectiveness in Ontario schools.
Writing to Learn
Supporting Numeracy
Getting Started with Student Inquiry
Inquiry-based Learning
Teaching and Learning in the Core French Classroom
Canadian-born English Language Learners
Asking Effective Questions

Teacher Tube

This site, based upon a similar model as YouTube, features teacher-created curriculum-related or teaching videos, links to partner and subject channels and specialty groups. It requires a free sign up.

Teacher Tube

Three-Step Interview

In the three-step interview students work in groups of three with each student assuming a different role: interviewer, interviewee, and reporter. This document explains how to use this strategy effectively in the classroom.

Three Step Interview

Four Corners

In the Four Corners strategy students to make a decision about whether they strongly agree, agree, disagree or strongly disagree in response to a statement, issue or question.  Students with similar responses are grouped in order to discuss their ideas. Each group then presents to the class.

Four Corners

Graffiti

This one-page document explains how to use the Graffiti strategy. In this strategy groups of students brainstorm ideas around a central topic and record their ideas on sheets of chart paper.

Graffiti

Inside Outside Circle

In this learning strategy students are arranged in two circles, an inner circle and an outer circle. The students on the inside face outward while the students on the outside face inward.  After being given a short amount of time to think about a question that has been put on the board the students discuss their answer with the person they are facing. When the teacher gives a signal the outside circle moves in one direction and each student has a new partner with whom to share. The web link provides steps and tips for using this strategy in the classroom.

Inside Outside Circle