Check out these great new books:
- Digital reading: What’s essential in Grades 3-8 (2015);
- Media literacy (W. James Potter, 8th ed, 2016);
- Multiple paths to literacy: Proven high-yield strategies to scaffold engaging literacy learning across the curriculum: Inquiry, play, art, technology and self-regulation through intentional teaching, K-2 (Miriam P. Trehearne, 2016);
- Teaching information literacy reframed: 50+ framework-based exercises for creating information literacy learning (2016);
- Visual literacy for libraries (2016). Rowan’s note: The title does not really explain the content of this book. It is aimed at teacher librarians and school programming (inquiry, critical) around the use images. Chapters include topics such as: finding images, ethical use of images, citing images, images and research process. Chapters include practical activities and worksheets.
TDSB teachers can reserve these books in the catalogue (remember to login) via the TDSB Virtual Library or you can phone us (416) 395-8289 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Earth Hour is March 25th (this Saturday), 8:30 – 9:30. ” Around the globe, millions of people, businesses, and landmarks set aside an hour to host events, switch off their lights, and make noise for climate change action.” See also the WWF site.
TDSB schools are encouraged to turn off the lights, reduce electricity use on Friday the 24th from 2-3 pm.
Today, the Ministry made the following announcement: Preparing Students to Thrive in Ontario’s Innovative Economy: Ontario Launches 29 Career Studies Pilot Projects Across Province
From the announcement: “Ontario is partnering with educators on 29 pilot projects across the province to revise the current career studies course and help students develop the skills they need to compete in the rapidly changing and highly competitive global economy.
The career studies pilot projects will include the development of innovative learning opportunities related to financial literacy, entrepreneurship skills, digital literacy, and career/life planning. Teachers will examine ways to:
- Equip students with the skills and knowledge they will need in the new global economy
- Help students explore all career paths and opportunities
- Support the teaching and learning of the course through a variety of new methods”
And: Quick Facts
- The career studies pilot projects will run until June 2017.
- The pilot locations represent the geographic diversity of the province, including participation of all four publicly funded school systems.
- Each of the 29 educators were selected through an application process to participate with their students in their respective pilot project.
- In 2016, the province announced that instruction on financial literacy would be a mandatory part of the career studies course.Ontario has published two resource guides detailing opportunities and topics related to financial literacy and how it is woven throughout Ontario’s elementary and secondary curriculum.”
Also read today’s Toronto Star article by Andrea Gordon Ontario launches plan to teach high school kids financial skills
Check it out!
Have you read Marzano’s now classic book titled Classroom Instruction that works? (2001). In fact, if you do an author search ‘Marzano’ in our catalogue (http://bit.ly/PLbookcat) you’ll see 43 titles!
His latest is titled The New Art and Science of Teaching and “while the previous model focused on teacher outcomes, the new version places focus on student outcomes, with strategies teachers can use to help students grasp the information and skills transferred through their instruction. Throughout the book, Marzano details the elements of three overarching categories of teaching, which define what must happen to optimize student learning: students must receive feedback, get meaningful content instruction, and have their basic psychological needs met.”
We’ve got one copy! You can reserve the book in our catalogue or phone (416) 395-8289 or email email@example.com .
Check out our latest and greatest new science books:
- The big book of nature activities: a year-round guide to outdoor learning (2016);
- Enhancing school science with indigenous knowledge: What we know from teachers and research (2014, Saskatoon Public Schools);
- Inspiring young minds: Scientific inquiry in the early years, ages 3-8 (2017);
- Sharing books talking science: Exploring scientific concepts with children’s literature. (2017).
TDSB teachers can reserve the book in the catalogue (remember to login) via the Virtual Library or by phone (416) 395-8289 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Learning Exchange website includes a page RMS: Ontario’s Renewed Math Strategy and are offering a series of Virtual Learning Opportunities [session descriptions] [session dates]. Note that Registration access has been given to school board leaders to disperse at their discretion.
Source About: In partnership with district school boards and authorities, and in collaboration with educators’ professional associations, the Renewed Mathematics Strategy (RMS) provides an integrated approach that is responsive to the mathematics learning and teaching experiences of children, students, and educators.
The following are the four key objectives of the RMS:
- increased student achievement, well-being and engagement in mathematics;
- increased educator math knowledge and pedagogical expertise;
- increased leader use of knowledge of effective mathematics pedagogy to provide the necessary supports and conditions for school and system improvement;
- increased parent engagement in their children’s mathematics learning.
From EduGains Literacy: Welcome to the @LiteracyON twitter chat. We are using this tool to inspire educators of Literacy K – 12 through the sharing of innovative ideas, strategies and resources that support their students. Join us for our next twitter chat on Monday, March 27 at 7:30-8:30pm EST. The hashtag #LiteracyON will allow you to connect and engage with educators from across the province and beyond on the topic of Supporting adolescent learners through small group instruction.