Today is World Day of Social Justice! This year’s theme is “Preventing conflict and sustaining peace through decent work“. Literacy, Social Justice and Inclusive Practice is a free course offered through The Open University. It focuses on significant debates related to teaching the technical aspects of literacy and debates related to becoming a ‘literate person’…. Read more
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STEM starts early
STEM starts early is a new report that examines the state of STEM learning in early childhood. Researchers and educators agree – through their playful learning, young children demonstrate a readiness for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning. And, STEM learning should start early for greatest benefit. Young children are quite capable of doing,… Read more
World Read Aloud Day
Today is World Read Aloud Day! It’s a day to celebrate the power of words and emphasize the right the literacy. It’s also a good time to remember Mem Fox’s Read-Aloud Commandments. They focus on enjoyment, frequency and repetition. Please read aloud every day because you just adore being with your child, not because it’s… Read more
Building a Strong Vocabulary -Books and an app
Building a Strong Vocabulary is a new series of books from New Readers Press to help student expand their vocabulary by using context clues to clarify meaning, analyzing words parts and word definitions, and practicing using words in a variety of exercises. Building a Strong Vocabulary for Life Skills (reading level 4-6) includes 12 units… Read more
International Book Giving Day
Today is International Book Giving Day! The aim of the day is to increase children’s access to and enthusiasm for books. You are invited to: Gift a book to a friend or family member (great idea for Valentine’s Day) Leave a book in a waiting room for children to read Donate a gently used or… Read more
Kids & Family Reading Report
The Kids & Family Reading Report is an American survey of children ages 6 to 17 and their parents. It explores attitudes and behaviours around books and reading. The 6th edition has been released. The following two infographics summarize the findings around what parents and children want in children’s books and how children find books… Read more
Spatial thinking or reasoning involves the location and movement of things in space, either mentally or physically. It uses a number of concepts, tools and processes. Spatial skills are important to the development of math skills and can be supported at an early age. To learn more about spatial reasoning and math, read Why Spatial… Read more
How to get better at the things you care about
This TED talk shares some ideas about learning that can be applied to professional development.
Safer Internet Day
Today is Safer Internet Day! This year’s theme is ‘Be the change: Unite for a better internet’. A special focus is placed on a safer and better internet for children and young people. The following video takes a closer look at some of the risks associated with using social networks and gives practical tips and… Read more
What’s Hot in Literacy
What are the important issues in literacy today? What is getting the most attention? The International Literacy Association revised their What’s Hot in Literacy report to a larger scale, international survey of literacy issues. And this is what they found: In addition to identifying the top hot and important issues, they came up with 5… Read more
What is Media Literacy?
Here’s a quick introduction to media literacy and the five key questions for information consumers to use to help them evaluate media.
Infographics as Creative Assessment
Infographics are a visual representation of data. Creating them uses information, visual, and technology literacies. They can be used as a student assessment. Here’s a trailer for a video course on using infographics as creative assessment. Infographics as a Creative Assessment from Kathy Schrock on Vimeo. For the full presentation, click here. For links to… Read more
Responding to Online Bullying
Impact! How to Make a Difference When You Witness Bullying Online is a collection of practical tools to help Grades 7 to 9 students make a difference when they witness cyberbullying. It includes: A step-by-step, online interactive decision-making tool that helps students choose effective strategies for intervening in different cyberbullying situations; A classroom lesson that supports… Read more
The Westcoast Reader – February 2017
The February issue of The Westcoast Reader is available now! It has articles about fake news, Canada’s youngest gold medal winner, snow in the desert and the cost of food. They are written for adults who are improving their reading skills. The Teacher’s Notes are available online. Special notice: In preparation for the May provincial… Read more
Listening, Making and Moving to Music
Today is Family Literacy Day! And, Family Literacy Week 2017 comes to a close this weekend. Plan to enjoy some music with your family. Here’s a short video that shows the power of music – listening to it, making it, and moving to it.