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Digital Literacy 101

Looking for support in teaching students digital literacy skills such as authenticating information, managing privacy, addressing cyberbullying, and being safe online? MediaSmarts has created Digital Literacy 101, a suite of professional development resources to help Canadian educators teach students digital literacy skills.  The resources include: Digital literacy training workshops for teachers that can be either… Read more

A Practical Guide to Teaching ESL Literacy

A Practical Guide to Teaching ESL Literacy is a new resource from Bow Valley College. This in-depth guide is designed for anyone teaching ESL literacy learners. Applied research is balanced with strategies for teaching practice. Adult ESL literacy learners are learning a language and developing literacy at the same time – an incredible learning task!… Read more

New to Halloween?

Halloween is only a few days away. If you’re celebrating the holiday with little ones, here are some tips: Easing Infants and Toddlers into Halloween Fun: Tips from AAP Halloween safety: Tips for families Halloween Story Time: Sweet and not too scary books for family story time Is Dressing Up for Halloween Different than for… Read more

Using The Westcoast Reader

We’re proud to be publishing The Westcoast Reader and happy to see that it is being put to good use. Here’s an entry from this year’s Literacy Month contest that shows The Westcoast Reader in action. Our communication groups meet weekly throughout the year as part of the larger Victoria Stroke Recovery Association and Saanich… Read more

Using PIAAC for Reading Instruction

We’re familiar with the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) as a large scale survey, and our recent source of statistics for adult literacy rates. Did you know that the framework behind that research can also be used to guide teaching practice? Two foundational understandings supported PIAAC’s assessment work: Reading skills are… Read more

Email Writing Tips

Do you write emails everyday? Here are reminders of things you can do to improve your email communication. How to Write the Perfect Email – Tips and Tricks, a recent blog post from Grammarly, concisely covers the anatomy of a good email, common mistakes and what to do instead,  and four strategies to make your… Read more

Drop Everything and Read

Today is Canadian School Library Day! You can celebrate by participating in the Drop Everything and Read Challenge. Sponsored by the BC Teacher-Librarians’ Association, all you need to do is drop whatever you’re doing and read for 20 minutes. It’s a reminder to make reading a priority and a part of everyday activities.

ACEs and Toxic Stress

ACEs are Adverse Childhood Experiences. The Harvard Center on the Developing Child recently produced a new infographic that briefly explains the impact of ACEs and what can be done to reduce the effect of ACEs and toxic stress. For more information on the points in the infographic, read ACEs and Toxic Stress: Frequently Asked Questions…. Read more

Stories from Literacy Month

The entries for the Literacy Month 2018 contest gave us a sample of the variety of ways that people celebrate literacy. We’d like to share three of the entries with you today. Tirzah Johnson Each week on Thursday afternoon we enjoy « Poetry and Teatime », with soft music, snack, and sharing a favourite poem,… Read more