Welcome to BJEC’s Annual Teachers’ Conference workshops for 2018!

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Session 6 in English – Ilene Sheres, Samantha Kravitz, Renee Pervin & Shari Stone

October 22, 2018 @ 12:45 pm - 3:00 pm

Workshop Code: #TT6
Room:  274

Part a. How to increase cognitive flexibility and motivation with a growth mindset

Ilene Sheres and Samantha Kravitz, Teachers, Akiva

What started off as a unit in our grade 1 classroom turned into part of our daily classroom culture. We noticed that many students would give up as soon as a task seemed too difficult to them. We introduced them to different vocabulary and the idea that they can do it if they keep trying. We ended up incorporating this way of thinking and language into our daily classroom experiences throughout the entire year. Students learned about the different areas of the brain and how intelligence is a quality that can be changed and developed. The lessons and concepts taught can be applied to any grade level.

Part b. How to gamify the classroom

Renee Pervin, Teacher, Hebrew Academy

Are you looking for a way to step up your GAME in the classroom? Want to watch your students’ enthusiasm and motivation for learning quadruple? Want to make managing your classroom a lot easier? Then let the games begin! In this session, I will share how I’ve incorporated gamification into my classroom and how it has given each of my students the chance to shine and to discover their “inner gamer.” From individual sidequests, group challenges, badges and chances to level up on the classroom leaderboard, there really is something for everyone. You can use gamification in your classroom for individual lessons, specific units of study, across several disciplines and even as a classroom management tool. Let’s level up our classrooms together! All gamers welcome!

Part c. Step-by-Step: The why and how of mentor sentences

Shari Stone, Teacher, Solomon Schechter Academy

Are you eager to find a way to improve your students’ grammar and writing instruction? Are you someone who doesn’t like to use worksheets, and instead someone who favors holding discussions and showing models as examples from which students can learn? In my experience students prefer these same methods. This is precisely what occurs using the mentor sentence curriculum! Mentor sentences provide students with the opportunity to discuss, learn, and apply grammar and craft skills presented in well-written sentences from mentor texts that are already used for other lessons in the classroom. In this session I will show you how to bring mentor sentences into your own classroom!


Ilene is entering her fifth year of teaching. She has taught from kindergarten through grade 3 and has found a passion for teaching in a way that gives students hands-on experience. With a variety of professional development workshops from the LCEEQ that promote collaborative work and increase student engagement, growth mindset has become a part of her everyday classroom.


Samantha is a grade 1 teacher who has been in the classroom for over 15 years. She has taught in Boston and Montreal and specializes in the reading process. She loves everything about grade 1 and is excited to share her experiences with you.



Renee has 16 years of experience teaching in Montreal and abroad. She loves learning about new ideas in education and bringing them to life in her classrooms. For the past couple of years, Renee has focused on personalized learning, blended learning and student engagement. Some of her favorite activities include digital playlists, choice boards and most recently, gamifying her classroom. Renee’s personal passions include reading, dancing and traveling with her family.


 Shari received her Bachelor’s of Education from McGill University and was a recipient of the James McGill Scholarship Award. She has taught Language Arts and Mathematics in different grades at Solomon Schechter Academy for 30 years. Shari has been actively involved in curriculum development and mapping, and was part of the team that helped guide teachers in differentiating instruction. She specializes in reading instruction and remediation and enjoys working with the Solomon Schechter Academy Resource team. Shari is a passionate, enthusiastic teacher, committed to fostering a love of the English language, reading, and writing amongst her students.


October 22, 2018
12:45 pm - 3:00 pm
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