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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Safety and Health at Work

Today is World Day for Safety and Health at Work. This year the focus is on optimizing the collection and use of data on occupational health and safety. Did you know that there’s a made-in-BC curriculum that is designed to help build students’ literacy skills while they learn information about health and safety at work?… Read more

Poem in Your Pocket Day

Today is Poem in Your Pocket Day! The League of Canadian Poets is offering a selection of poems by Canadian poets to help you celebrate the day. Click here to download the 2017 Poem in Your Pocket Day booklet.

COABE Journal

The Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education is a joint publication of The Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) and Rutgers University. It contains peer reviewed research articles, practitioner action research articles, resource and technology reviews, and commentary on current trends and issues in adult education and literacy. The… Read more

Math Anxiety

Do your students experience math anxiety? If they do, they’re not alone. It’s estimated that about 20 percent of the population has math anxiety. Why do people get so anxious about math? Here’s a new TED-Ed lesson on math anxiety – how it develops and how to deal with it. Click here for the full… Read more

National Volunteer Week 2017

This week is National Volunteer Week. The focus this year is on volunteer recognition. We would like to highlight the impact of literacy volunteers throughout the week. If you have a great volunteer you would like to recognize, please send us a photo and a couple of sentences describing what that person does and the… Read more

Building Core Capabilities for Life

Adults need certain skills to get and keep a job, provide responsive care for children, manage a household, and contribute to their community.  Stressful experiences during childhood as well as stressful experiences for adults compromise those skills. The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University has produced a report Building Core Capabilities for Life:… Read more

World Book and Copyright Day

This Sunday is World Book and Copyright Day. “World Book and Copyright Day is an opportunity to highlight the power of books to promote our vision of knowledge societies that are inclusive, pluralistic, equitable, open and participatory for all citizens.”

Earth Day

Earth Day is celebrated every April 22nd. It is a time to focus on learning about the environment and environmental protection. For a variety of resources with learning activities, click Earth Day: Lesson Plans, Reading Lists, and Classroom Ideas. To borrow The Garden Classroom, email library@decoda.ca .

Guide for Trusted Adults

A Guide for Trusted Adults is designed to prepare parents/guardians, teachers, mentors, health and wellness providers, law enforcement, and technology professional  to be the trusted adults girls and young women need when they have problems online. It includes: practical information about the issues girls and young women face conversation-starters for adults to start talking to them about these issues… Read more

Building Preschool Vocabulary

Using descriptive words in conversations and day to day interactions with children helps build their creativity as well as their vocabulary. Using Fanciful, Magical Language in Preschool briefly describes how this can be done in an early childhood setting and offers samples of descriptive words to use in a variety of learning centres. A selection… Read more

Celebrate Your Literacy Volunteers

April 23-29 is National Volunteer Week. We would like to highlight the impact of literacy volunteers throughout the week. If you have a great volunteer you would like to recognize, please send us a photo and a couple of sentences describing what that person does and the impact of their work. Send your submissions to… Read more

Real-life Math

What do zoo keepers, woodworkers, police accident investigators, nurses and real estate appraisers have in common? They all use math in their work. Real-life Math is a series of 20 short videos created by Arizona PBS that feature professionals in a number of fields discussing how they use math in their careers. They reveal how… Read more

B.C. Votes 2017

The BC provincial election on May 9th is less than a month away. Did you know that there’s an easy to read resource that helps explain the election process? The April issue of The Westcoast Reader includes a four page insert, B.C. Votes 2017, to help readers understand how elections work in BC. It contains… Read more

Depression – Let’s talk

Today is World Health Day! This year’s theme is depression and the slogan is “Depression: let’s talk”. Two very good resources in BC to learn more about depression and what you can do about it are Here to Help (the source of the plainer language series, including What is depression?) and the Kelty Mental Health… Read more

Candidate for a Pullet Surprise

Here’s a little Friday fun for National Poetry Month. Have you ever had a spell checker ‘correct’ your spelling in a way that didn’t make sense? Homonyms can lead to confusing (and sometimes funny) results. Here’s the beginning of Candidate for a Pullet Surprise, a poem by Jerrold Zar illustrating the pitfalls of using a… Read more