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How children succeed

How children succeed: grit, curiosity, and the hidden power of character. Paul Tough. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012. The author argues that the qualities that matter most for success have more to do with character: skills like perseverance, curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism, and self-control. Through the stories of researchers and educators, and the stories of the… Read more

How to teach English infographic

What do you use to enhance your lessons? Here’s an infographic that captures the results of a survey of 503 ESL teachers by Kaplan International College. Do you use any of these techniques with your learners?

Workplace Wednesday: Modus from NALD

Welcome to Workplace Wednesday, connecting you with resources that link literacy, business, industry, and the workplace. New from NALD! Modus is NALD’s searchable and interactive directory of essential skills assessment tools. The website includes a listing of free diagnostic tools as well as links to fee-for-service agencies. It allows you to browse tools by essential… Read more

Tech Tuesday: Internet scavenger hunts

It’s Tech Tuesday, highlighting resources on literacy, technology, and the digital world. Internet scavenger hunts can be used as a teaching tool for digital literacy. They teach skills such as how to find information on the Internet and how to navigate a website. The content can be customized to learner interests and skill level. Tech… Read more

New in the Decoda library – June 2013

The list of new library resources has been updated. This shows all the items that were added to the library catalogue in May. If you see anything you’d like to borrow, contact us by email at library@decoda.ca or by telephone: 604-681-4199.

Construction play

Constructive or construction play is play that involves manipulating elements of the play environment to create something new. It supports the development of several skills including physical dexterity, problem solving, creativity and imagination, and persistence and experimentation. And, while there are some wonderful construction toys available for children, a combination of imagination and household objects… Read more

Everything Present in the Seed now online

Everything Present in the Seed resources are now online! EPIS is a curriculum for community members to discover their innate leadership values and skills while improving their literacy and essential skills. The online resources include the manual, the facilitator’s guide and six full colour posters: Caring for your community starts young… The entire fruit is… Read more

Workplace Wednesday: Transfer of learning

Welcome to Workplace Wednesday, connecting you with resources that link literacy, business, industry, and the workplace. Transfer of learning is the use of skills and knowledge gained in one situation or setting to a different environment. Often it refers to training applied to the workplace. But, it can also be applied outside of job settings… Read more

Tech Tuesday: Google in education

It’s Tech Tuesday, highlighting resources on literacy, technology, and the digital world. The Google in Education website has a large variety of resources for educators. If you have any questions about how to use Google in teaching, the educator resources page is a good place to start. There’s information, lesson plans, and videos on Google’s… Read more

New books in the Rapid Reads series

New in the library! Raven Books has published new titles in the Rapid Reads series: Dirty Work by Reed Farrel Coleman. Gulliver Dowd is a little person in a world of hurt. After his sister, an NYPD policewoman, is murdered, he becomes a licensed PI. Dowd is shocked to discover that his mysterious new client… Read more