Knoema World Data Atlas website

The World Data Atlas from Knoema is a webpage to review for your social studies resource toolbox – yes it is dot com but contains lots of information and seems to be free. Always review content critically.

Remember too that the Virtual Library provides students with access to CultureGrams, a subscription database containing information/data/resources in the following categories: world, kids, Canadian provinces, United States, and a teaching activities document and a neat feature that allows students to  build their own graphs/tables.

Check ’em out! Rowan

December 9, 2016 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

By Any Measure: Accessibility in Ontario Schools

The Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) and the Ontario Student Trustees Association (OSTA) have created  the video titled By Any Measure .

From the OPSBA news release: “The video showcases successful student and staff-led initiatives that are making accessibility integral to school culture in Ontario.”

“It’s critical that students, policy makers and the educational community work together to create a more accessible future,” said public board council President Dasha Metropolitansky, Ontario Student Trustees’ Association. “The greatest challenge isn’t changing physical structures but attitudes and perceptions. This video is a step towards speaking for the silent.”

Check it out! Rowan

December 8, 2016 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

December Character Ed.Resource Lists: Kindness & Caring

Submitted by Natalie C., one of our fabulous reference librarians:

The TDSB Professional Library has created an updated resource list of JK-12 fiction and multimedia materials supporting the December Character Education trait: Kindness & Caring!

TDSB teachers may Access all the Character Education Trait Lists – remember to login to your  TDSB Google Account to view. The full list is available through the Professional Library AW Character Education List forum.

Here are some highlights:

Elementary Titles

  • 🍁 Sidewalk Flowers by J. Lawson: A young girl shares flowers with passersby while on a walk with her father.
  • The Snow Rabbit by C. Garoche: A kind rabbit helps a girl and her sister who is in a wheelchair when they get stuck in the snow.

Intermediate Titles

  • 🍁 The Road to Ever After by M. Young: An orphan living in poverty, Davy learns the value of kindness and caring when he agrees to chauffeur his new 80-year-old friend to the seaside cottage in which she grew up before she dies.
  • Pax by S. Pennypacker: After Peter is forced to give up his pet fox, Pax, he embarks on a journey to get him back.

Young Adult Titles

  • 🍁 Freedom’s Just Another Word by C. Stellings: A young girl from Saskatoon hitches a ride with two nuns to Austin, Texas to meet Janis Joplin and she and her travelling companions learn lessons of kindness and empathy along the way.
  • The Secret Lies of Minnow Bly by S. Oakes: After escaping from a dangerous cult, Minnow Bly finds herself in a youth detention centre, yet perseveres by accepting the kindness of the other women in the centre.

These resource lists are produced to support teacher-librarians and teachers as they deliver instruction regarding the Character Education initiative and may be appropriate for read-alouds, literature circles, library displays, and more.

Please note the following points:

  • These are selected resources based on favourable literature reviews;
  • The Professional Library may own some of the listed books; teachers should also check their school libraries or local public libraries for availability;
  • Teachers should preview the books for appropriateness before instructional use or recommending them to students.
  • Related media resources are selected from TDSB Teaching Resources and the TDSB Virtual Library.

These links are available in TDSB digital spaces only.  For more information, contact us at (416) 395-8289 or

For assistance with logging in to your TDSB Google account, please visit

December 7, 2016 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

Holly Jolly Reading for December 2016

Here is our December list of latest and greatest books/articles: december2016_delinked

Here are selected titles – note that Michael Fullan has a new one:

TDSB teachers may reserve books via the catalogue or by contacting the library at (416) 395-8289 or

Enjoy some holly jolly reading over the December break. Rowan


December 7, 2016 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Canada 150

2017 is Canada’s 150 birthday – do you know how to spell sesquicentennial?  Below are selected links to webpages and some of those web pages include opportunities for participation in various competitions for Canada’s youth, eg the Canada Day Challenge.

Government of Canada    

Government of Ontario     Ontario 150
Canada 150 and me. A Kid’s Guide to Canada
Our Canada, Our Stories Parks Canada
ParticpACTION 150 Playlist imagiNation 150  

Professional Library. Websites Supporting K-12 Canadian Social Studies. [Google document.]

Royal Bank of Canada.

Canadian Geographic recommends Gray Jay as Canada’s’ national bird with the aim of declaring an official bird for Canada by 2017, the 150th anniversary of Confederation. See also National Bird Project City of Toronto Poet Laureate, Anne Michaels, has invited secondary students to create a city-wide poem in celebration of Canada’s Sesquicentennial. Schools can submit up to 15 student entries, as described in this letter to principals. The best entries will form a single, city-wide poem. To submit please refer to the Submission Form.

December 6, 2016 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Performance Assessment Resource Bank

Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education has announced the release of a Performance Assessment  Resource Bank, “a bank of free, high-quality performance assessment resources” “This bank is designed to solve a major challenge for teachers and leaders intent on creating opportunities for all students to engage in deeper learning–access to tools to support the use of performance assessment.”

“The Performance Assessment Resource Bank is an online collection of high-quality performance tasks and resources that support the use of performance assessment for meaningful learning. Resources include performance tasks, professional development tools, and examples of how schools, districts, and states have integrated performance assessment into their systems of assessment. These resources have been collected from educators and organizations across the United States and reviewed by experts in the field.”

It is American and you need to register to use it. Check it out! Rowan

December 5, 2016 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Hour of code (Dec 5-11)

The Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week – December 5-11, 2016.

Looking for information and resources?Start with these:

Hour of code

TDSB AW site:

TDSB teachers  may borrow the following sampling of books from the library. Reserve in the catalogue (remember to login) or contact us at (416) 395-8289 or






December 2, 2016 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

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