What are you reading this summer? Decoda staff members have a tradition of sharing what they’re reading or planning to read, and I’m starting off this year’s series by writing about two things that influence what I’ll be reading this summer (or really any time). First, I love reading lists. Any time I see something… Read more
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How to Use a Comma
Here’s an entertaining way to learn about this mark of punctuation. Click here for the full Comma Story TED Ed lesson.
Exciting News from The Westcoast Reader!
We’re excited to announce that The Westcoast Reader has a new website! And, there’s more news! The Westcoast Reader is introducing a digital as well as print format for each issue. All print subscribers have access to both print and digital. Or, there is an option to subscribe to just the digital edition. Use the… Read more
National Indigenous Peoples Day 2019
Today is National Indigenous Peoples Day! It’s a day to celebrate the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. You can find BC events for National Indigenous Peoples Day on this interactive map. Looking for ways to celebrate? There are some great suggestions in National Indigenous Peoples Day: 10… Read more
World Refugee Day 2019
Today is World Refugee Day! Did you know: There are nearly 25.9 million refugees in the world. Over half of the refugees are under the age of 18. Nearly 1 person is forcibly displaced every two seconds as a result of conflict or persecution. To learn more about refugees who are arriving in British Columbia,… Read more
Their Voices Will Guide Us
Their Voices Will Guide Us: Student and Youth Engagement Guide is an education initiative of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Our intent is to facilitate critical thinking, purposeful reflection, and dialogue around the perceptions and lived realities of Indigenous women and girls, including members of 2SLGBTQQIA communities. This initiative… Read more
Flagway – Having Fun, Learning Math
Flagway is a game that combines math and physical movement. Flagway™ can be played with students as early as 1st grade and has been enjoyed by adults. In general the game is played with 3rd – 6th graders. During game play students navigate a Flagway or course of radial “paths” based on the Flagway rules… Read more
First Peoples Principles of Learning
The First Peoples Principles of Learning are an expression of the shared wisdom of Elders and educators within British Columbia’s First Peoples communities. First identified in relation to the English 12 First Peoples curriculum, the First Peoples Principles of Learning apply to all areas of curricula from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Because these principles of… Read more
Indigenous Picture Books
Picture books are a wonderful way for young children to learn about themselves and learn about others. More and more picture books written for children by Indigenous authors are becoming available. How do you choose great books to share? Find suggestions in these five lists: 14 inspiring children’s books from Indigenous writers #IndigenousReads by Indigenous… Read more
The Powerful Effects of Drawing on Learning
How does drawing help you learn? For more on the research behind this video, read The Science of Drawing and Memory.
Small but Mighty Resources for Tutors
The following four resources for tutors working with adults are proof that good things come in small packages! Two can be found online: Tutor Tools Working with Beginning Readers And two can be borrowed from the Decoda Library: Literacy Tutor’s Guide: Reading for Meaning and the Writing Experience The Tutor’s Toolbox These small booklets are… Read more
The OECD Learning Compass 2030
How do you prepare students for jobs , technologies and social issues that haven’t existed before? The OECD Learning Compass 2030 is a framework that defines the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that learners need to fulfil their potential and contribute to the well-being of their communities and the planet. It recognizes that learning is… Read more
Learning about Indigenous History
June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada. It honours the history, heritage and diversity of Indigenous peoples in Canada. How much do you know about Indigenous history? Learn more in these five books: 21 Things You May Not Know about the Indian Act: Helping Canadians Make Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples a Reality First Nations… Read more
Creativity is being recognized and appreciated as an important skill. But, what can be done to develop it, particularly at school? The LEGO Foundation has released Creating Creators, a report on what can be done to strengthen creativity in the education system. The seven contributors examine why it is important to develop students’ creativity, how… Read more
World Oceans Day
World Oceans Day is this Saturday, June 8th. It is a day to remember the role that oceans play in everyday life. And, it’s a day to remember the impact of human actions on the ocean. We celebrate World Oceans Day to remind everyone of the major role the oceans have in everyday life. They… Read more