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Winter Olympics 2018

The PyeongChang Winter Olympics 2018 starts tomorrow. Are your students interested? For information about the Winter Olympics and ideas for teaching about it, here are some resources: 8 Ways to Celebrate the Winter Olympics in the Classroom – from We Are Teachers Canadian Olympic Team Official Website – learn about the sports and the athletes,… Read more

Global School Play Day

We know play is important for children. But, sometimes the opportunities for unstructured play decrease as children get older. Here’s one way to promote more free play. Today is Global School Play Day! Created in 2015, Global School Play Day is a campaign that encourages schools to plan for a day of free, unstructured play… Read more

Safer Internet Day 2018

Every February, Safer Internet Day emphasizes the work being done around the world to make the internet a safer place for young people. This year’s theme is “Create, connect and share with respect: A better internet starts with you”. The Canadian Centre for Child Protection has produced two new videos for Safer Internet Day about… Read more

Pronunciation Lessons

The Minnesota Literacy Council has produced four new videos demonstrating how to teach pronunciation in the adult ESL classroom. These real-life videos demonstrate teaching techniques and activity ideas that can be adapted for beginning to high intermediate level learners. Word Stress Final Consonant Articulation Intonation Voice Quality Settings If you’re looking for pronunciation games, workbooks… Read more

What Effective Pre-K Literacy Instruction Looks Like

The International Literacy Association recently released a new Literacy Leadership Brief, What Effective Pre-K Literacy Instruction Looks Like. Authored by Susan B. Neuman, educator, researcher, and education policymaker in early childhood and literacy development, the brief discusses how to help young children develop critical literacy skills—and makes policy recommendations for strengthening early literacy education. Its… Read more

The Westcoast Reader – February 2018 issue

The February issue of The Westcoast Reader newspaper is available now. This issue has articles about Pink Shirt Day, a book giveaway, fee changes in BC, the 2018 Winter Olympics 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… Read more

World Read Aloud Day tomorrow

“Spend at least ten wildly happy minutes every single day reading aloud. From birth!” – Mem Fox This is the first commandment from Mem Fox’s Ten read-aloud commandments. It’s a great time to review these in advance of World Read Aloud Day tomorrow.  It’s an international day to read aloud together and emphasize literacy as… Read more

Data Privacy and the Internet of Me

How much information about you is collected online?  (Click the image for the full infographic.) Data Privacy Day, which was this past Sunday, reminds us that while our network of interconnected devices makes a lot of personal information available, we can manage our privacy in a digitally connected world. Visit StaySafeOnline for tips on: Online… Read more

Multicultural Books for Children

Did you know that January 27th is not just Family Literacy Day? It’s also Multicultural Children’s Book Day.  It’s a time to raise awareness of children’s books that celebrate diversity. Need help finding multicultural books for children? Click here for collection of diversity books lists and activities for teachers and parents. What about the popular… Read more

P is for Parents

Family literacy activities are based on parents and children together, but our attention is often focused on what parents are teaching and what children are learning. Parents are also learning. And, this year’s Family Literacy Week theme of healthy eating – “What’s on My Plate?” – provides examples of good practice in adult learning. Adults… Read more