Down by the School Song Lyrics

8 09 2014

Down by the School

Down by the school, where the students grow
Back to my work, I want to go
But if I do, Christy Clark will say
“Have you ever seen the zone?” “Now go get a loan”
Down by the school

Down by the school, where the students grow
Back to my work, I want to go
But if I do, Fassbender will say
“Come to the table”, “But we’re not able”
Down by the school

Down by the school, where the students grow
Back to my work, I want to go
But if I do, the media will say
“Have you seen Jim’s hair”, “Gives Cameron a scare”
Down by the school

Down by the school, where the students grow
Back to my work, I want to go
But if I do, the teachers will say
Time to fund education, to the standard of the nation
Down by the school.
Down by the school


Time for some Positive

30 05 2014

Handy size so you can print and put on your lawn, the trail head etc.  The QR code sends email to Christy Clark. 🙂

KIDS FIRST-QRHere is a PDF for easy printing.


Recorder Signs

25 01 2014

Recorder season is upon us, and to go with my new fingering charts, I made some signs.  Hopefully I can point to them and save my voice a little. (not going to work, but I can dream can’t I?) Thought I’d share.    Screen shot 2014-01-25 at 9.49.08 AM

Desk Name Plates

31 12 2013

Since I teach in 3 different places this year, I’m trying to make my life as easy as possible.  I made this for names on the grade 3 kids desks. (I hate the idea of paying for stuff like this) I have uploaded a pdf of my “Canadian” version of the desk name plate since I use Libre Office and have lots of strange fonts installed to do things like this I figured no one would want to sort all of that out.  I’m not the master of pretty borders and cute clip art, but this gets the job done.  Screen shot 2013-12-31 at 12.47.27 PM


Recorder Fingering Charts

18 08 2013

In an effort to make the plain vanilla music room I am inheriting a little more colorful and inviting, this was my morning project.  Download all of them RECORDER-FINGERS11-17 if you wish. Screen shot 2013-08-18 at 12.06.44 PMBorder Graphics by Ashley Hughes


I’m on a roll…also made # and b Pencil cup signs.  sharp-flat

Device Neutral

27 01 2013

Things are looking up at the new school.  We have a very forward thinking principal, and a staff who has decided to remain device neutral.  I am now looking at Chromebooks for our library.  My ramblings on why I think Chromebooks are the best choice.  I started with the question “What do I want the kids to be able to do with the device, and what are the learning goals?”


First:  It would be awesome if kids could actually search the library catalog, it would free me up from helping some find books that they knew the titles or authors of.  Since the library catalog is online, this is easily achieved with any device that has online access.
Second:  I would like to teach research skills.  So many kids have no idea what a boolean search is, how to narrow search terms, how to take notes without a pencil and paper, how to multiple windows at once. (I know it’s kind of shocking to me)
Third:  I want the library to be the hub of the school, a place kids can come to do work, to read, to relax.  In my world that means that there needs to be a working internet connection so that kids can look things up when they need to or access an eBook, or see if the Public Library has the book they want to read.

When I realized that none of my goals were application specific, the price of a Chromebook is most certainly enticing.  At $199 US per device, that is the equivalent of about 1/2 and iPad or 1/5 of a desktop machine.

The only downside that I can find is the device management.  I am ok with managing them myself, but I’m skeptical with IT services at the district level.  Past experience has been that they say no more than yes. Which is sad.

Coming up next, my ramblings about BYOD and using eBooks in the Library.  I will likely post on the school library blog as well,


Getting Ready to Teach Teachers

1 11 2012

New school this year…that means more pro-d.  It’s ok, I secretly enjoy teaching, and I don’t care how old the students are. 🙂 My new school has a totally useless lab.  You can word process as long as you don’t need to print, sharing to the server is hit and miss, the only reliable file transfer method is a USB stick.  So much for many things that I do.  Plan B.  iPads.  I loaded them up with apps and now I need to “teach” how to use them.  I don’t think anyone really needs to be taught, they just need someone to encourage them. I decided that rather than “teach” iPads, I would get people thinking more about the role of technology in the school.  One of my colleagues asked me to present my Tech Top 10.  Since I was specifically asked to do the workshop on iPads, I thought I’d try to publish that here.  So here goes.

  1. Google Drive. (Formerly Documents) Hands down the easiest way to have students collaborate on a project.  Here is one a student did on Forestry While this wasn’t a collaborative project, it was done some at home, and some at school.  Google makes that easy.
  2. Twitter.  I have to say that when I have a tech question, Twitter is where I go.  Follow #edtech or #edchat I have a circle of followers and people who I follow. Follow me at cfraenkel
  3. Pinterest. Has become my new go to place for ideas and jumping off points.  A list of the top 20 Pinterest sites for education is here.
  4. That leads me to one of my goto websites for educational information so far not too commercial…we shall see.
  5. Glogster.  love love love this.  Poster it. With as one of my parents put it, no mess on the dining room table! We have used glogster for science posters, poetry, social studies.
  6. TED talks (Technology, Entertainment, Design) great place to learn.
  7. Top Documentary Films.  A colleague showed me this.  Thousands of free high quality documentary films free for you to watch in your classroom.
  8. Prezi A new overhaul makes it even easier to make awesome looking presentations really easily.
  9. Explain Everything for iPad.  Video, audio, record function, save to cloud.  I have used for recording lessons, or as a way for students to present information.  Brilliant.
  10. WordPress/Edublogs/any easy blogging platform.  My students blog, (or they did when I had access to functional computers at school)

*      My new favorite.  I’m just beginning to play with Pearltrees.  It is visual social bookmarking. It seems really easy    to use, and really easy to find information.  I’ll let you all know if I find any great educational uses.  Right now, I’m just playing.