Archive for April 14, 2017

Read to learn science and LD students

The ldatschool has posted an article by Tiffany L. Gallagher, Ph.D. and Xavier Fazio, Ed.D., Brock University titled All Students can Read to Learn Science! 

From their conclusion: “There is great potential to support the learning of science through effective reading instructional supports for students with LDs (Brigham, Scruggs, & Mastropieri, 2011). Current research indicates that students with LDs can be successful readers with strategies that work in synergy with structured hands-on, inquiry-based science approaches (Villanueva et al., 2012). Furthermore, it appears that students with LDs likely benefit from ‘reading to learn’ in science when there is:

  • focus on overall science concepts and big ideas,
  • additional practice and review of core concepts and vocabulary, and
  • science text enhancements.

In particular, mnemonics, graphic organizer creation, repeated readings, and peer-assisted learning strategies (see Mason & Hedin, 2011; Therrien et al., 2011) provided in conjunction with typical science education instruction can significantly improve students with LDs that affect their ‘reading to learn’ in science. Indeed, all students can ‘read to learn’ in science!” 

The article provides greater details and an extensive recommended reading list.

Check it out! Rowan

April 14, 2017 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

Physical Literacy

Unlocking the Keys to Physical Literacy is the latest in the TeachOntario talks series.

From the webpage: “According to Physical Health Education (PHE) Canada, the degree to which adults are active later in life depends on their comfort in fundamental movement and sports skills, or physical literacy they acquired as children. PHE Canada defines physical literacy as the ability to move with competence and confidence in a variety of physical activities in different environments that benefit the healthy development of the whole person (PHE Canada, 2010). Health and Physical Education educators play an important role establishing this foundation.

The talk profiles and celebrates the Physical Education team who implemented the Long Term Athlete Development model for their students at Seaway District High School in the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB).

The page includes videos, posters, a description of the project though an inquiry lens.

Check it out! TDSB teachers can contact the Professional Library for more information on physical literacy.


April 14, 2017 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

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