International Day of Women and Girls in Science – Feb 11, 2020 #tdsb @TDSB_STEM

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Today is the #InternationalDayofWomenandGirlsinScience when the focus of the world  is on dismantling the gender stereotypes and encouraging more girls in STEM.  According to the UN, less than 30% of scientists worldwide are women. As Michelle Obama said, we need to help girls reach their full potential in science by eliminating barriers.

We need all hands on deck, and that means clearing hurdles for
women and girls as they navigate careers in science, technology,
engineering, and math.    (Michelle Obama)

The article in Edutopia, Keeping Girls in STEM: 3 Barriers, 3 Solutions (2019) not only points out the 3 barriers girls face in STEM participation, but it also gives the research-based solutions to overcome those barriers.  

BARRIER 1: BUILDING A MATH IDENTITY
The problem: One explanation for the gender differences in STEM participation may lie with those formative ideas about who a mathematician or scientist is.
Solutions: In response, researchers say teachers can foster a growth mindset in students by emphasizing that practice rather than innate ability improves performance.

BARRIER 2: THE QUESTION OF RACE AND CLASS
The problem: Our assumptions about who does math well—and the academic and financial support that follows—may, in fact, impact performance more than raw aptitude.
Solutions: In a review of 62 studies on the perseverance of black women and girls in math, Joseph and her coauthors found that several measures can help build math identity and interest among black girls.

BARRIER 3: IT’S NOT JUST CONTENT—IT’S CONTEXT, TOO
The problem: When it comes to teaching and learning STEM, research shows that the format matters.
Solutions: Teachers may want to move away from multiple-choice tests—often a staple in math and science—and place more emphasis on open-ended assessments that allow students, especially girls, to demonstrate their proficiency through word problems or writing, where they feel more confident.

To learn more about encouraging girls in STEM by removing barriers, check out our recently updated STEM and Girls resource guide!

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February 11, 2020 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

New Books to curl up with until spring…

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Check out our February New Books List (10 seconds to load) for hot off the press resources on the Classroom as the 3rd Teacher, School Improvement, PBL, Boys, Arts Integration across the Curriculum and more!

This Month’s Featured Titles:

The February New Books List link takes you  into the Library Catalogue, where you can Login to access eBooks and to ‘Reserve’ items to be sent to your TDSB Location for a 3-week loan.

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February 5, 2020 at 12:11 pm Leave a comment

Quebec Winter Carnival/ Carnaval de Québec Feb 7 – 16, 2020

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#Quebec Winter Carnival brings much needed winter fun to all those who participate!

It runs for about 10 days, filled with many activities from ice sports events to snow sculpture contests. It’s the largest winter carnival in the world, attracting up to a million people.

Check out the Quebec Winter Carnival resource guide from TDSB Professional Library which is a curated list of everything to do with the carnival.

If you have any questions about this or have any information needs, please reach out and contact us!

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Winter Walk Day – Wednesday, February 5, 2020 #tdsb

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Schools across Ontario will join the #Winter Walk Day 2020 to promote walking to school for our students. The physical and mental benefits of walking to school are well documented.

According to the ParticipACTION Report Card on  Physical Activity for Children and Youth, only 35% of 5- to 17- year-olds are reaching their recommended physical activity levels as outlined in the Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth.

Walking to school is an easy way for kids to raise their physical activity level and get more fit.

Check out  Ontario Active School Travel site for activity ideas and resources for planning and promoting Winter Walk Day events:

 

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January 30, 2020 at 8:20 am Leave a comment

Are you taking AQ courses, M. Ed or Principalship Qualifications Program?

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TDSB educators, do you know that Professional Library can help you with your coursework?  We can find relevant articles and resources on your research topics and deliver required reading or supplementary books for your course.

For assistance, merely contact us and leave us your research question and we will do all the searching and gathering work and get back to you with an information package full of resources on your topic.

Sounds too good to be true? Many educators have thanked us for our support with their certificates or degrees.

Let Professional Library help you with your information needs whether for your coursework or classroom support.

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January 27, 2020 at 8:30 am Leave a comment

Bell Let’s Talk Day – January 29, 2020 #tdsb

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Bell Let’s Talk promotes conversations around mental health to dispel the stigma surrounding it. It’s an opportunity to highlight how important the mental health is to the well-being of the person.  You can join the conversations around mental health and wellness @S4WOfficialTDSB@TDSB_MHWB and @TDSB on Twitter

TDSB  strives to improve mental health and well-being for all students by ensuring that students experience a sense of belonging at school and that they are engaged in learning, and that they are connected to at least one caring adult at their school.

Caring Relationships resource guide from Professional Library is great for TDSB educators to find the resources on the importance of building caring relationships for students in schools for their mental health and well-being which strongly impact their academic achievement.

Professional Library has many resources to support your mental health initiatives:
Depression
Mental Health in Schools: Books & Web Resources
Trauma-Informed Schools
Mental Health and Wellness (Pinterest Board)

TDSB educators can reserve Professional Library books online through the catalogue  and have them couriered to your school. Please contact us and let us help you with your professional and personal learning by providing the resources you need.
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January 24, 2020 at 8:30 am Leave a comment

New Books for the New Year!

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Dig into our January New Books List (10 seconds to load) to start a new year of learning off right!  Topics include Curiosity, Leadership, Intersectionality, Safety, Math, Matter, Mindfulness and MORE!

This Month’s Featured Titles:

The January New Books List link takes you  into the Library Catalogue, where you can Login to access eBooks and to ‘Reserve’ items to be sent to your TDSB Location for a 3-week loan.
Learn how to get the most out of your Professional Library – watch our  video mini-series –  done in the summer, but the tips are good all year-round.
  • We also have access to hundreds of eJournals on all educational topics, just let us know if you’d like us to search and send you links on your topic, or search directly yourself (see EBSCO and SAGE at bit.ly/PLAccessArticlesEbooks)
  • If you have any questions or want us to make suggestions or place Reserves for you please just  ContactUs by email, text, phone or chat! Feedback welcome!

January 1, 2020 at 1:00 pm 2 comments

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