Archive for January, 2017

Ontario math strategy

Today, the Ministry posted the following news release:  Ontario Providing Students with More Math Support: Students Benefiting from More Math Instruction, New Technologies. 

I cannot tell if this is new news or a repeat of old news. As a reminder, here are 3 sites to review for information about math education/support/resources in Ontario:

Check ’em out! Rowan

PS Here is a French-language product now available on the TDSB Virtual Library.  Check out NetMath  NetMath has activities in French corresponding to the Ontario Math Curriculum for grades 3 to 11.  Create an account using your TDSB email address and then share the activation code with your students to get started.

Find NetMath on the Virtual Library

1. From the Virtual Library homepage, choose Français from the left-hand menu

2. In the Find by Title search box, type NetMathand then click GO

3. The NetMath link should appear in the table below. Click on the NetMath link to create your account!


January 31, 2017 at 3:08 pm Leave a comment

Questioning: Think big

Global Citizen has released a critical thinking skills cheat sheet (an infographic) sorted by Who, What, Where, When, Why & How AND then within each section there are eight additional questions related the WH! I’d keep a copy of this in a visible place.

Check it out! TDSB teachers may contact the Professional Library for more information on the art of questioning – there is lots including a 2016 book titled The power of questioning: Opening up the world of student inquiry and 2017 book (on order) Challenging learning through dialogue: Strategies to engage your students and develop their language of learning

Check ’em out! Rowan

January 31, 2017 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

MediaSmarts’ tip sheet on kids & hateful events reported in media

MediaSmarts publishes a tip sheet on Talking to Kids About Hate in the Media [pdf] or [page]

  • Talk about it
  • Watch for signs of anxiety
  • Make the time to listen to any concerns
  • Share how you’re feeling
  • Emphasize the importance of tolerance and respect.
  • Teach kids to be skeptical of sources of information online
  • Teach kids to stand up to hate.

See also: MediaSmarts Responding to Online Hate guide

Check ’em out. Rowan



January 30, 2017 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

World Read Aloud Day is February 16!

 World Read Aloud Day  From the WRAD site: “World Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words and creates a community of readers taking action to show the world that the right to literacy belongs to all people.” Link here for the activity package.



January 30, 2017 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Ontario Science Centre: Canada 150: Discovery Way

In celebration of Canada 15o, the Ontario Science Centre has opened a new display – Discovery Way- that focuses on “the Canadian stories behind transformational inventions and innovations … from the light bulb to the flight recorder.”

For a list of links and resources supporting Canada 150, TDSB teachers can check out the Professional Library’s Canada 150 resource list (it’s in Google, so remember to use your TDSB login and network password). We are updating it regularly.


January 27, 2017 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Feb 4: Free environmental conference for all TDSB staff at OISE (Spread the word)

All TDSB staff are invited to attend the EcoSchools first ever Climate of Change: Environmental Education in Action Conference on Saturday, February the 4th for FREE!

TDSB EcoSchools has partnered with OISE to bring you this professional learning opportunity that was created with TDSB staff in mind to support the important work of the EcoSchools program, and environmental education (EE) in the classroom.  The day includes two keynote presentations, twenty dynamic workshops, an EcoFair, a vegetarian lunch, and door prizes!

Program details and registration link

Date: Saturday, February 4th, 2017

Time: 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
Location: OISE, 252 Bloor St. West at St. George Subway Station
Registration Fees & Lunch: Free for TDSB staff & OISE students
$100 Fee for non-TDSB staff
Workshops: Please register as soon as you can for the best selection of workshops

Help us spread the word!  The conference is open to TDSB staff, OISE students, and others who are interested in developing EE in their schools and communities.

Should you have any questions about the conference, please don’t hesitate to contact or Alysse Kennedy  (


January 26, 2017 at 12:21 pm Leave a comment

New H&PE Secondary Resources from OPHEA

From an OPHEA alertOphea’s new H&PE Secondary Resources support teachers in helping students acquire the physical and health literacy skills needed to thrive in the 21st century and lead a healthy, active life.

The comprehensive resources support quality implementation of the 2015 Health and Physical Education (H&PE) Curriculum: Grades 9-12 and provide:

  • Content that can be adapted to address diverse contexts, and student needs/interests
  • A variety of tools, samples, writable templates, posters, background information, and materials to use with students

The H&PE Secondary Resources include 6 interconnected yet standalone components:

  • Effective Planning in H&PE
  • Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) Sample Unit Plans
  • Movement Competence Posters
  • Approaches to Teaching Healthy Living
  • Focus Course Planning Guide
  • Assessment and Evaluation Tools

The H&PE Secondary Resources are available to educators from school boards  that have purchased access [TDSB has]. If you don’t have one already, TDSB teachers will have to create individual logins.

Check ’em out! Rowan

January 26, 2017 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

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