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Invisible Heroes

Invisible Heroes: Aboriginal stories from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside is a collection of narratives by Aboriginal community members in Vancouver, reflecting on their personal stories and critically analyzing their experience within a historical timeline of Canadian policy. The book is a prduct of a project that was conducted by the Carnegie Learning Centre. The Invisible Heroes… Read more

Be Internet Awesome

Be Internet Awesome is a new Internet safety curriculum for children from Google. The five key concepts are: Share with Care Don’t Fall for Fake Secure Your Secrets It’s Cool to Be Kind When in Doubt, Talk It Out The program includes a downloadable curriculum and an online game. The game is set in a… Read more

World Refugee Day

Today is World Refugee Day. Yusra Mardini was appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) on 27 April 2017.

The Jigsaw Method

What are the most effective teaching strategies? Research by John Hattie and Greg Donoghue indicates that it depends on a number of factors, including where students are in the learning cycle and what the purpose of the learning is. The one teaching strategy that is identified as working for acquiring and consolidating surface and deep… Read more

Summer Reading and Children

How do Canadian children and their parents feel about summer reading? 96% of Canadian parents and 84% of their children agree that summer reading is important and fun. But, the positive attitude doesn’t always get translated into reading behaviour.  Just over half of children will read during the summer without prompting, and an additional third… Read more

First Peoples

First Peoples: A Guide for Newcomers aims to fill the need for clear information in simple language about the First Peoples in Vancouver. It introduces newcomers to three important topics: who are Aboriginal people (or First Peoples) in Vancouver and Canada; a brief overview of the relationship between the Government of Canada and First Peoples;… Read more

Scavenger Hunt for Adult Students

A scavenger hunt can be an enjoyable way for adult students to work together and practice using language. Read ProLiteracy’s Students ‘Find’ Learning Fun on Scavenger Hunts for a description of the educational benefits as well as instructions on how to design a scavenger hunt.

How do you spell …

Do you check your spelling online? If you do, you’re not alone. Last week, Google Trends released a list, by province and territory, of the most frequent ‘how to spell’ Google searches by Canadians. They range from ‘altar’ to ‘supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’. For more details, read Google reveals top ‘how to spell’ searches by Canadian province. (And,… Read more

Dialogue Journals

A dialogue journal is an ongoing written communication between two people to exchange experiences, ideas, or thoughts. The focus is on meaningful writing, not grammar or spelling. Used in teaching, it has several benefits including: Practicing writing to gain fluency Allowing students to show their strengths and interests Being an informal means of formative assessment… Read more

Talk With Me Baby

Even though babies can’t talk to you, it’s important to talk to them! The number of loving words that a child hears in the first three years of life makes a difference. For more information and resources on language nutrition for babies, visit the Talk With Me Baby website. A family friendly guide is included…. Read more