Ms. De Luca's Class Site

Welcome to my site!

Hello students, parents, and colleagues!

Welcome to my classroom page. Here you will find class resources to help you study better, interesting articles, and videos shown in class. For due dates and important reminders- check out the tab above for your course code and section. Make sure to check our Google Classroom for more specific class materials as it is updated on a daily basis.

Please make use of the resources posted here to further solidify your learning and to make this class meaningful to you.

I am looking forward to an exciting and productive semester together!

Yours in education,

Ms. De Luca

Thoughts from Ms. De Luca...

The Marshmallow Challenge

August 28, 2017

Fire up those Bunsen burners! We are only one week away from the first day of school. I've been reading a lot about fun and effective ways to get to know your class at the beginning of the year and I found some great team building activities that I can't wait to try. Here is a video on the "Marshmallow Challenge" that I'm excited to try with my class next Wednesday (the first day of classes for all grades). "The challenge provides a shared experience, a common language, a common stance to build the right prototype". It's also a great way for students to get warmed up for a new school year, meet their classmates, and share their talents.

For more information you can visit http://www.marshmallowchallenge.com for awesome examples of different towers built and for instructions if you would like to try this for yourself.

Enjoy the last week of summer!

Ms. De Luca

A little August Motivation from Kid President...

August 15, 2017

If you had a busy summer like I did, you're probably also wondering: "Is it really mid-August already?". A friend of mine recently shared this uplifting video with me and I wanted to share it with all of you. Let's get geared up for a great year of learning together, to be more awesome, and to add our positive change to the world!

As Kid President says, "No matter who you are someone is learning from you. Everybody's a teacher and everybody's a student". We all have amazing gifts to share with the world- I can't wait to learn from my students this year!

Enjoy the video!

Ms. De Luca

The Key to Success: Having a Growth Mindset

August 1st, 2017

There has been so much talk lately in the media and in education about having a growth mindset versus a fixed mindset. But what does it mean and how can it make you successful?

A student with a growth mindset believes that their talents can be developed over time with hard work and dedication. These students tend to achieve their goals and constantly look for ways to improve. They do not become discouraged or give up when they have trouble with a concept. Students with growth mindsets believe in themselves and in their ability to constantly learn and improve.

This diagram below is a great visual to demonstrate this.

This website was originally created as part of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education @ U of T course, CTL5011 with Professor Selia Karsten.