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Comic Books

In this last Decoda post during Freedom to Read Week, we’re going to take a look at one kind of reading material that hasn’t always been appreciated – comic books. To learn more about how comic books can help develop literacy, click: Comic Books as Models for Literacy Instruction from the International Literacy Association Good… Read more

The Westcoast Reader – March 2018 issue

The March issue of The Westcoast Reader newspaper is available now. This issue has articles about healthy snacks, good neighbours, Canada’s new stamps 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.

Reading Levels

Reading level is one of the first factors that tutors and other practitioners consider when choosing reading materials to use with their students. Two articles on reading levels in School Library Journal make for interesting reading during Freedom to Read Week: Thinking Outside the Bin: Why labeling books by reading level disempowers young readers Fountas… Read more

#RiseAbove cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is the use of technology to embarrass, humiliate, intimidate or harass others.  It is damaging and happens more often than you might think. Did you know that TELUS-WISE in partnership with Media Smarts has created a suite of resources to help address cyberbullying?  Click #RiseAbove Cyberbullying for resources for parents, students, and teachers. They… Read more

Freedom to Read Week 2018

It’s Freedom to Read Week from February 25th to March 3rd! Canadians are encouraged to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom.  The Canadian Charter of Human Rights gives Canadians the right to read, write, and watch content of their choice (within the limits of the law) from a variety of perspectives. Even… Read more

Indigenous Cultural Competency for Early Childhood Education

A series of five cultural competency video modules for Early Childhood Educators was created in a partnership between the Musqueam Nation, BC Aboriginal Child Care Society, City of Vancouver, Collingwood Neighbourhood House, and other community partners. Welcome from LANTERN FILMS on Vimeo. 2: Identities and Beliefs from LANTERN FILMS on Vimeo. 3: The Indian Act… Read more

Mindfulness at School

Mindfulness is the state of being actively aware of the present. Mindfulness also involves observing thoughts and feelings without judging them. Meditation and yoga are two practices that have been used to bring mindfulness into classrooms in the belief that enhancing student well-being will improve learning.  A recent digest from The Learning Scientist reviews the… Read more

Early Literacy Learning for Immigrant and Refugee Children

Today is International Mother Language Day. It’s a time to reflect on the importance of linguistic diversity. Did you know that: There are over 7,000 known living languages. 3 billion people lack access to education in their own languages. Most children grow up in an environment where more than one language is spoken. Linguistic diversity… Read more

Teaching and Social Justice

Today is World Day of Social Justice. Social justice is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations. We uphold the principles of social justice when we promote gender equality or the rights of indigenous peoples and migrants. We advance social justice when we remove barriers that people face because of… Read more

The Health and Social Dimensions of Adult Skills in Canada

Research indicates that people with lower skills in literacy, numeracy and problem solving in technology-rich environments often struggle to participate in social activities, manage chronic conditions, find and interpret health information, and access other social services. Now, a new report uses large scale data to take a look at this in Canada. The Health and… Read more