Check out these new books!
- Frog’s breathtaking speech: How children (and frogs) can use yoga breathing to deal with anxiety, anger and tension (children’s picture book, includes guidance for teachers, 2012);
- The making friends program: supporting acceptance in your K-2 classroom (2016);
- Positive body image for kids: A strengths-based curriculum for children aged 7-11 (2017);
- Roots and wings: Affirming culture and preventing bias in early childhood (3rd ed, 2016);
- The school of wellbeing: 12 extraordinary projects promoting children and young people’s mental health and happiness (2017);
- Stressed out! Solutions to help your child manage and overcome stress (2017).
TDSB teachers can reserve the books in the catalgoue (remember to login) via the Virtual Library or by phone (416) 395-8289 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check ’em out! Rowan
Congratulations to Maggie MacDonnell, a Canadian teacher who has worked for six years in Salluit in Northern Arctic Quebec.
From the Globe and mail article, Canadian Maggie MacDonnell wins $1-million Global Teacher Prize by A. Batrawy:
“Her perseverance to continue teaching in the remote area, where many teachers leave their post midway through the year, made her a standout for the award. MacDonnell created a number of programs for boys and girls, including job mentorship and funds to assist with healthy meals.
She also established a fitness centre for youth and adults in the local community, where drug use and alcoholism rates are high due to the region’s harsh winters and isolation. The tiny village witnessed six suicides in 2015, all affecting young males between the ages of 18 and 25.
Her approach focuses on emphasizing “acts of kindness” such as running a community kitchen and attending suicide prevention training.”
Want to read more about this good news? Check out these selected few:
- Global Teacher Prize, Top 10 Finalists
- CBC News
- Varkey Foundation/Global Teacher Prize, You Tube Channel
- National Post
- CTV News
The Global Teacher Prize is presented by the Varkey Foundation and “awards US $1 million annually to an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to their profession.
The prize serves to underline the importance of educators and the fact that, throughout the world, their efforts deserve to be recognised and celebrated. It seeks to acknowledge the impacts of the very best teachers – not only on their students but on the communities around them.” [See here for source and more information about the prize and Varkey Foundation]
Sponsored by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, “Book Week will take place from Saturday, May 6 to Saturday, May 13, 2017. Since Book Week is celebrating its 40th anniversary, and Canada is celebrating its 150th birthday, the theme we have chosen to celebrate — Read Across Canada / Lire aux quatre coins du Canada — will encourage young readers to learn about Canada by reading books set in different provinces and locations across the country. To honour the 40th anniversary of the very first Book Week tour, the CCBC asked veteran illustrator Ian Wallace to create this year’s Book Week poster image. Ian Wallace was part of the original 12 authors and illustrators that set out on the first Book Week tour in 1977.”
Now what they didn’t do was recommend some titles 😦 So, I guess that is part of the challenge.
Click here to order posters and bookmarks. Check it out! Rowan
New from Edugains:(see announcements)
New Fractions Tasks and Resources Available: Six new tasks, one for each of the comparing fractions cells, are now available with additional support materials. Also, a new short research summary, entitled Math for Teaching: Rectangles, Number Lines and Circles,Oh My! provides strategies for supporting students in selecting representations with longevity
Check ’em out! Rowan
EduGains Assessment has released a new series of videos and supporting materials on gathering valid and reliable evidence of learning at the secondary level.
- Designing Tasks that Support Valid and Reliable Assessment
- Gathering Evidence from Multiple Sources
- Connecting Assessment for Learning, Assessment as Learning and Assessment of Learning
- Considerations For Determining a Grade
- Planning Opportunities to Provide Descriptive Feedback
- Cultivating Collaborative Relationships to Promote a Learning Culture
- Teaching Students to Assess Based on Criteria
- Ontario Education – Developing Assessment Tools
Check it out! Rowan
Stephanie Hirsch’s has written an item on the Learning Forward blog site titled A glimpse into Canada’s practices helps us examine our own.
Selected from the blog:
“Learning Forward recently commissioned and supported a study on the state of professional learning in Canada. You can read about the study as well as the reports and papers resulting from it in the February 2017 issue of The Learning Professional.”
“Canada figures prominently in another study. The school system in British Columbia was highlighted in Beyond PD: Teacher Professional Learning in High-Performing Systems, the 2016 report from the National Center on Education and the Economy that examines teacher professional learning in four high-performing systems and provides evidence that continuous professional learning deeply embedded into the framework of schools is fundamental to student success. [Click here to access resources to help educators explore the findings in the Beyond PD study and consider implications for policy and practice.]”
Totally check ’em out! Rowan