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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

Tech Tuesday: Social media statistics 2014

Here’s an interactive infographic on social media statistics in 2014. Any surprises? Isn’t loading? Try this

Culinary Literacy Center

Combining food, literacy and community partners is a recipe for success. Last week, the Free Library of Philadelphia opened its Culinary Literacy Center, an innovative approach to supporting literacy while promoting healthy cooking and better nutrition. The Center is housed in a well appointed, new demonstration kitchen in the central library and will offer cooking… Read more

2014 Report Card on physical activity of children and youth

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the annual assessment of the physical activity of children and youth in Canada. This year’s report, Is Canada in the Running?, found that while there are policies, programs and places for physical activity for children, Canadian children are sitting more and moving less. “To increase daily physical activity… Read more

Tutoring Aboriginal literacy students

New in the library! Tutoring aboriginal literacy students: a practical guide. Nancy Cooper. Southampton, Ont.: Ningwakwe Learning Press, 2014. Written for volunteer tutors and college students, this concise guide gives a practical framework to assist First Nation college students with understanding the post-secondary environment, and developing time management, presentation and essay writing skills. To borrow… Read more

Workplace Wednesday: Sitting at work

A sedentary lifestyle is bad for your health. And, many of us spend a lot of time sitting at work. What can you do about it? (Click the image to enlarge.) Explore more visuals like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually. For more information on the effects of prolonged sitting… Read more