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Is learning a staircase?

Recently, Annie Murphy Paul wrote a short piece on how overlapping waves would be a more accurate description of learning than a staircase. Read her thoughts here. Equally interesting is the quote at the end of her piece about embodied cognition. It’s part of a larger document, Bodies of Knowledge, that examines how mind and… Read more

CMEC Early Learning and Development Framework

The Council of Ministers of Education Canada has just released its Early Learning and Development Framework. The framework presents a national vision for early learning (birth to eight years of age) that can be adapted to the needs and circumstances of each province and territory. It is designed to act as a support to the… Read more

The Ulukhaktok Literacy Research Project

The Ulukhaktok Literacy Research Project was a joint community-based research project of the NWT Literacy Council, the Inuvialuit Cultural Resource Centre, the Faculty of Education at the University of Lethbridge, and the community of Ulukhaktok. It examined the living literacies of Ulukhaktok, the traditional ways of sharing memory and meaning, information and knowledge. Kangiryuarmiut are… Read more

Workplace Wednesday: Women in the trades

Recently, the Industry Training Authority of B.C. (ITA) released Leveling the Field: Best Practices Guide to Employing Women in the Trades. Leveling the Field was developed to help employers address the barriers women meet in gaining and retaining employment in the trades. It doesn’t promote hiring women rather than men, but looks at employment practices… Read more

Tech Tuesday: Grammar Bytes

Grammar Bytes: Grammar Instruction with an Attitude is a website that provides material that can be good for reviewing and reinforcing classroom learning. It contains grammar rules, fun interactive exercises and handouts for students. There is also a free grammar MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) with quizzes, a digital grade book, and badges and certificates…. Read more

First Nations Pedagogy Online

First Nations Pedagogy Online was a BC project designed to inform the development of online learning initiatives for aboriginal students. The project website describes the distinctive elements of traditional First Nations educational approaches, including the focus on holistic growth and development, experiential learning, oral tradition and student-centeredness. There are suggestions for developing online talking circles,… Read more

Funny business (at your public library)

Every summer, the BC Library Association and public libraries throughout BC sponsor the BC Summer Reading Club. This year’s theme is Funny Business. Seven weekly sub-themes have been created: Puns and games Funny people That’s gross! Funny pages Reading on the floor laughing Something funny is going on here Tales with a twist Visit the… Read more

Summer reading loss

To learn more about summer reading loss, read our 2013 blog post or borrow the following new (to us) book. Summer Reading: Closing the Rich/Poor Reading Achievement Gap. Edited by Richard L. Allington and Anne McGill-Franzen. New York: Teachers College Press, 2013. Summer reading loss accounts for a very significant amount of the rich/poor reading… Read more

Deepening Community

New in the library! Deepening community: finding joy together in chaotic times. Paul Born. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler, 2014. This book describes the four pillars of deep community: sharing our stories, taking the time to enjoy one another, taking care of one another, and working together for a better world. Born shares his own stories to… Read more

Workplace Wednesday: The Mentorship Project

Beginning in January of this year, the Industry Training Authority’s pilot Mentorship Project provided over 60 grade 12 students with the opportunity to meet over five months with experienced tradespeople in order to get an inside glimpse into a career in the skilled trades, and receive coaching and support. This successful project took place in… Read more