Join our #tdsbEd chat Jan. 25th on TDSB Teachers Read winner Strength & Struggle

TDSB Teachers Read Discussion Promo

Let’s talk about books!

Join us Thursday, January 25th, 2018 from 7:30-8:30pm for a special #tdsbEd Twitter Chat revolving around TDSB Teachers Read winner Strength and Struggle: Perspectives from First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples in Canada by Rachel A. Mishenene & Dr. Pamela Rose Toulouse.

The chat will be co-moderated by Christina Saunders, an Instructional Leader with the Urban Indigenous Education Centre, along with #tdsbEd coordinators Larissa Aradj & Arianna Lambert

Learn more about Strength and Struggle

How to participate

To follow the conversation, simply search for #tdsbEd on Twitter at 7:30pm on Thurs. Jan. 25th. Add your voice by adding #tdsbEd to your tweets. Questions will be posted in advance a week before the chat. You don’t have read the book to participate! Learn more

Congratulations to Christina and a big thank you to all of our TDSB Teachers Read panelists for the inspiring book selections, careful preparation, thoughtful presentations and lively discussion. Learn more about Christina and the other panelists.
Learn more about the eventbit.ly/tdsbTeachersRead

 

January 16, 2018 at 5:00 pm Leave a comment

Encourage Parents to Read with their Children During Family Literacy Month

Family Literacy Day is celebrated every year on January 27th to promote the important role parents can play in fostering their children’s literacy skills and encouraging a love of lifelong learning for the whole family.

The event was created by ABC Life Literacy Canada and you can find activity ideas and other promotional materials on their website.

The Toronto Public Library is also hosting more than 60 programs and special events throughout the month of January to help parents and children share literacy as a family. Learn more

Virtual Library resources to promote reading at home

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TDSB parents and students can access eBooks through the Virtual Library that they can read together from home. See the Virtual Library Learnmark for resource usernames & passwords.

eBook resources are available on the Virtual Library’s QuickFINDS page. Check out:

 

  • BookFlix: Picture book videos paired with non-fiction eBooks with read-aloud
  • Capstone: Fun graphic novels and other eBooks with music and read-aloud

 

Just Read It
Encourage TDSB parents and students to submit book reviews to the Just Read It program. Selected reviews are featured on the Just Read It site, and each month, student reviewers are chosen to win book prizes.

Professional Reading
The Professional Library has a variety of resources to support relationship-building with parents and strategies parents can use to promote literacy with their children. TDSB staff can login to the library catalogue to reserve books and have them sent to your school. Any questions? Email us at professionallibrary@tdsb.on.ca

January 11, 2018 at 4:30 pm Leave a comment

January’s Character Education trait is Teamwork! Find books to learn how to work together in the new year

Teamwork

Each month, the Professional Library will post a list of K-12 resources related to each character education trait.

January’s Character Education trait is Teamwork!

Check out our full Teamwork booklist (bit.ly/PLCharacterEdTeamwork) or see some highlighted titles below.

Elementary Titles

  • Me, Me, Me by A. Dunklee: Best friends Annie, Lillemor and Lilanne decide to work on an act for the school talent show together, but Lillemor and Lilanne soon realize that their opinions aren’t being valued by Annie.
  • The Banana-Leaf Ball: How Play Can Change the World by K.S. Milway: This story highlights the impact teamwork and play have on the lives of boys in a refugee camp in Tanzania.

Intermediate Titles

  • Lumberjanes: Beware the Kitten Holy by N. Stevenson: A group of girls called the Lumberjanes work together to overcome a series of obstacles at a summer camp.
  • Lost in the Pacific, 1942 by T. Olson: The harrowing true story of how eight men abandoned in 68 million square miles of shark-infested waters helped each other to survive.

Young Adult Titles

  • The Lost Causes by J.K. Etting: A group of teens who were given a drug that converted their mental illnesses to super powers must work together to solve a murder.
  • Sadia by C. Nelson: Sadia is told that she might not be able to play in an upcoming basketball tournament unless she removes her hijab.

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.

Check out our past Character Education Resource lists:

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

 

 

January 8, 2018 at 4:30 pm Leave a comment

January is Tamil Heritage Month! Check out our resource list

TamilBlogJanuary is Tamil Heritage Month, a month designated to “recognize the contributions that Tamil-Canadians have made to Canadian society, the richness of Tamil language and culture, and the importance of educating and reflecting upon Tamil heritage for future generations.”

Our librarians have compiled a list of resources to help educators recognize this month in the classroom. Consult the full list: bit.ly/PLTamilHeritageMonth

Check out some of these children’s books available in the Professional Library which are great to class read-alouds:

To request a book to be couriered directly to your school, please contact us at professionallibrary@tdsb.on.ca or 416-395-8289.

January 3, 2018 at 4:30 pm Leave a comment

Coming Soon: New books for 2018

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Happy New Year to all our readers! Here is a quick sample of some of the great reads we have on order for you. TDSB staff may log into the library catalogue to reserve the books and have them couriered to your school once they arrive,  or please email us requests for resources at professionallibrary@tdsb.on.ca

Ada Twist’s big project book for stellar scientists

Authentic learning : real-world experiences that build 21st century skills

Becoming a growth mindset school : the power of mindset to transform teaching, leadership, and learning

The big book of literacy tasks, grades K-8 : 75 balanced literacy activities students do (not you!)

Ten mindframes for visible learning : teaching for success

Truth and Reconciliation in Canadian Schools

Classroom-ready number talks for third, fourth and fifth grade teachers

We’ve been doing it your way long enough : choosing the culturally relevant classroom

January 2, 2018 at 3:57 pm Leave a comment

Plan your holiday reads with our New Books

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Please visit http://bit.ly/PLNewBooksDec2017  to plan your holiday and early 2018 professional reading with new titles on embracing makerspaces, amazing leadership, confronting stereotypes and more!  TDSB staff can have the books couriered directly to your school,  please contact us at professionallibrary@tdsb.on.ca or 416-395-8289.  You can also request your picks in our online catalogue, see “Steps to request a book” on the top right of the New Books List. Please sign up to ‘follow’ our blog so we can email you each time we post at: https://professionallibrarytdsb.wordpress.com.

December 13, 2017 at 2:01 pm Leave a comment

December’s Character Education trait is Kindness & Caring! Check out our resource list

CharacterEd

Each month, the Professional Library will post a list of K-12 resources related to each character education trait.

December’s Character Education trait is Kindness & Caring!

Check out our full Kindness booklist (bit.ly/PLCharacterEdKindness) or see some highlighted titles below.

Elementary Titles

Shelter by C. Claire: When a little fox offers a lantern to a family of bears in a storm, his kindness is repaid.

Ira Crumb Makes a Pretty Good Friend by N. Hrab: Ira Crumb tries hard to make friends before starting at a new school.

Intermediate Titles

Awkward by G. Korman: When shy Jaime helps new-girl Penelope in the hall after she trips, a group of students make fun of them for being a couple. Penelope promptly pushes Jaime away, but her act of unkindness will later have consequences.

Pax by S. Pennypacker: After being forced to give up his pet fox Pax, a young boy named Peter decides to leave home and get Pax back.

Young Adult Titles

Stepping into Traffic by K.J. Rankin: Troubled Seb takes advantage of the kindness and caring of his foster mom Mrs. Ford.

Saving Montgomery Sole by M. Tamaki: When Montgomery, a girl with two moms, becomes the target of homophobic attacks, she becomes angry and begins alienating her friends.

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.

Check out our past Character Education Resource lists:

  • 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

December 11, 2017 at 4:30 pm Leave a comment

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