What can you do with six DUPLO bricks? Quite a lot! Six Bricks is one of the LEGO Foundation’s tools to introduce learning through play. Through a series of short fun activities using only six coloured DUPLO bricks, young children can practice oral communication, problem solving and collaboration. To help you try out Six Bricks,… Read more
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First Nations Community Read
Today is National Indigenous Peoples Day! It’s a time to celebrate the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis. Books written by Indigenous authors are something that you can enjoy any time of year. Every year since 2003, First Nation Communities Read has run an annual reading program. (You may… Read more
Teaching Adult Refugees
Today is World Refugee Day. This day commemorates the strength, courage and perseverance of refugees. It’s also an opportunity to remember the learning needs of refugees in literacy programs. “Refugees can have different needs in the classroom than other learners. They frequently have very urgent settlement needs; they may or may not have literacy needs… Read more
Building Consentful Tech
Your digital body is composed of the personal data, digital identity and online interactions. Do you know how that information is being used? Have you agreed to those uses? Can you remove your data? Consentful technologies are applications and spaces in which consent underlies all aspects, from the way they are developed, to how data… Read more
Effective Strategies for Language Literacy and Numeracy (LLN)
There isn’t just one strategy that works for teaching adults. But, there are practices that are more effective. In a recent blogpost, the LLN and VET Meeting Place describes one strategy for each of the five Language Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills in the Australian Core Skills Framework: Learning – Focus on feedback Reading –… Read more
BC Summer Reading Club is a great way for children to do some reading in the summer. It’s free, it’s fun and it’s easy to register – just visit your local public library! This year’s theme is Motion Commotion! It’s a celebration of reading and all kinds of movement – physical, mechanical, indoor and outdoors,… Read more
The theme of the March 2018 issue of The Change Agent was hair. Here’s what they say about their theme: We all think about it — sometimes fussing over it and sometimes enjoying it. It figures prominently in definitions of beauty; we fight with our kids about it; students can get expelled from school because… Read more
WorkWise is a six-book series designed to help adult students succeed before, during, and after the job search. Soft Skills The first three books in the WorkWise series – Choosing a Job, Getting a Job, Starting a Job – teach key job readiness concepts and provide meaningful exercises to boost students’ confidence and get them… Read more
ESL Literacy Readers
There’s a wonderful collection of literacy readers to use with ESL adult students available free from the School of Global Access at Bow Valley College. The ESL Literacy Readers are 39 theme-based readers written by Bow Valley College ESL literacy instructors. The stories in the Bow Valley College collection have been written specifically with adult… Read more
Ready, Set, Grow!
Ready, Set, Grow! is a workplace training program to help prepare adult students for entry level positions in the Ontario landscape industry. This innovative project involves partners from industry, adult education, and employment. The free, Ontario government-sponsored program matches adult students facing challenges with local landscaping companies facing a serious shortage of workers. In addition… Read more
Summer slide refers to the tendency for students to lose some of what they’ve learned, both skills and knowledge, over the summer break. Reading during the summer months addresses some of this slide. And, parents are important parts of helping this happen. Here’s a selection of readings about summer slide, including suggestions and tips for… Read more
Brain Injury Month
June is Brain Injury Month in Canada. The incidence of brain injury is high, with more than one million Canadians living with a brain injury. It is considered a silent epidemic as there are often no visible signs of the injury. Automobile accidents, sports injuries, cycling accidents, falls, violence, strokes, tumours, aneurysms, and other non-degenerative… Read more
National Indigenous History Month
June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada. The complex history of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people began before any other group living in Canada. A number of resources on Indigenous history can be found on the federal government website. Indian residential schools are a significant part of Indigenous history in Canada. Two resources… Read more
Digital Play for Global Citizens
Can technology help children prepare to live in a global, networked world? Digital Play for Global Citizens is a guide to digital resources, including websites, games and tools, which promote global citizenship in school age children. Here what author Jordan Shapiro has to say about the reason for developing this guide: “I wanted to help… Read more
The Westcoast Reader – June 2018 issue
The June issue of The Westcoast Reader newspaper is available now. This issue has articles about Kijiji, the Sedins’ retirement, camping and more. You can find the Teachers’ Notes for this issue online. For subscription information, or to find out if your group qualifies to receive the newspaper for free, click here.