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Read All About Lit

Read All About Lit

Read All About Lit is the Decoda Literacy Library blog.

Look here for the latest news on what’s new in the library, useful links from around the web, and fun facts and contests.

Posts featuring books or resources are intended to highlight items we have recently acquired or accessed, and which we would like to share with our readership. They do not represent an endorsement.

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Power of Partnerships to Enhance Literacy

Anne Cooper, former school superintendent in Revelstoke, explains how community partnerships and collaborative strategic planning were essential to effecting lasting change in her community. Watch the video to see how Revelstoke became the district with the highest graduation rates in British Columbia.

The Neuroscience of Pokémon Go

Introduced this summer, Pokémon Go has been in the news since people started playing it. This augmented reality game has surpassed Twitter in popularity. Why is it so popular? The Neuroscience of Pokémon Go offers four ideas from neuroscience.

Photos as a Teaching Tool

Photographs can be useful visual teaching tools, provoking thought, inspiring discussion and prompting writing. Where can you find photographs that you can use that won’t infringe copyright? Here are a few ideas: Take photos yourself or have students take photos. Use a book of photos that are intended for use as learning tools, such as… Read more

Summer Reading Scavenger Hunt

Do you want a fun activity that will remind children of favourite books or introduce them to new books? Why not create a book scavenger hunt? In A Summer Reading Scavenger Hunt, Madelyn Rosenberg outlines the steps for creating an individualized book scavenger hunt that makes the most of a child’s interests. If you’re looking… Read more

The “Missing” First Year

A recent survey by ZERO TO THREE in the United States revealed that while parents are aware of the importance of early experiences for their children’s development, they often underestimate how much babies know, learn and feel during the first few months of life. (Click the image to see the full infographic.) ZERO TO THREE… Read more

Irlen Syndrome

Irlen Syndrome is a visual processing disorder that causes reading difficulties.

Productivity and distraction

Technology has introduced a lot of ways to work and gather information productively and efficiently. At the same time, it has provided a number of distractions that interrupt focus. The following infographic shows some of the things you can do to minimize the impact of distractions at work. Courtesy of: On Stride Financial Save

International Youth Day and Sustainability

Today is International Youth Day. This year’s theme is “The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production”. It focuses on the leading role of young people in ensuring poverty eradication and achieving sustainable development through sustainable consumption and production. To test  your knowledge of some sustainability topics, try out one of… Read more

Cognitive Ease

The more something is repeated, the more it seems to be true.

Marketing Your Literacy Organization

How effective is your community literacy organization or program at communicating with students, volunteers, partners, funders and donors? For tips, tools and resources, browse the Community Literacy of Ontario’s June 2016 newsletter, Marketing Your Literacy Agency. While this is designed for the literacy community in Ontario, there are lots of great ideas and examples for… Read more

Step, Sweat, Sleep, Sit

The new Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth encourage children and youth to “Sweat, Step, Sleep and Sit”. The research-based, world’s first 24 hour movement guidelines were released in the 2016 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. For optimal health benefits, children and youth (aged 5–17 years) should achieve… Read more

Olympics vocabulary – and a quiz

For more terms associated with the Olympics, read Grammarly’s 15 Olympic Words You Need to Survive Rio. Click here to take the PBS Newshour quiz on How well do you know the Olympics? (You might be surprised by some of the questions – and answers!)

Saving Brains, a Grand Challenge

What works for helping children reach their potential?

PANDA: Minnesota Adult Basic Education Disability Specialists

If you are interested in finding a wide variety of disability and mental health resources for practitioners working with adult literacy students, visit PANDA: Minnesota Adult Basic Education Disability Specialists. On the website, there are specific disability chapters, including ADHD, brain injury, hearing and vision loss, physical disabilities and mental health. The chapters are written… Read more

Amazing Animals

Do you have a student who is interested in reading about animals? The books in the Amazing Animals series might be just what you are looking for. Each 24 page book in the series focuses on one animal. Beautiful photos are paired with accessible text to examine appearance, habitat, behaviours, and life cycle. Every book… Read more