Archive for May, 2017

EduGains announces 2017 summer literacy symposium

Check it out! Registration Is Now Open July 17 – July 20, 2017 Kempenfelt Conference Centre, Barrie, Ontario.

Teachers and instructional leaders who support adolescent learners
in all subject areas are invited to attend. For more information and to register, click < here >.

Literacy Summer Symposium 2017

May 31, 2017 at 8:00 pm Leave a comment

New on LDAO (fractions, mindfulness)

Here are 2 interesting new releases on LD@School.

  1. Article: Teaching fractions: A few cautionary notes by Lucie DeBlois. From her conclusion: “in order for operations on fractions to have meaning, students must develop an understanding not only of the role of the numerator and the denominator, but of the relationships between the numerator, the denominator, and the unit of reference.”
  2. Video:  Mindfulness  practice to support the well-being of students with LDs – Feed all four. The description:  “This video provides an overview of the Feed All Four framework*, developed by Trillium Lakelands District School Board. The Feed All Four framework is based on improving the social and emotional development and self-regulation of students through mindfulness and positive self-perception. This framework is beneficial to students with learning disabilities because it provides them the necessary tools to deal with conflict and anxiety, helps them focus on the task at hand, and encourages them to advocate for themselves. It also encourages them to look at the positive aspects of themselves as opposed to the negative aspects. ” *Feed all four – the four are – Body, Mind, Emotions, Spirit.

Check ’em out! Rowan

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

TIPS4MATH: grade overviews, lessons, blended learning activities

From Edugains Math:  TIPS4Math is now available to support you with planning your mathematics program.

The Grades 1 to 3, 4 to 6, and 7 & 8 overviews outline a possible scope and sequence aligned from grades 1 to 8 to support differentiated instruction and combined grades.  The overviews consist of lesson bundles identifying specific and overall expectations as well as possible timing based on 60 minutes per day.  There is flexibility in timing to support additional days for assessment, reinforcement, practice and evaluation. Each lesson bundle overview outlines a possible lesson sequence with its learning focus and hyperlinks to key mathematics resources such as mathies learning tools and games, guides to effective instruction, blended learning activities for grades 4 to 8, and TIPS4RM.

TIPS4Math Grade 9 Applied overview units are organized the same way as TIPS4RM.   The lesson overviews for each of the units identify learning foci and include links to the blended learning activities and other key mathematics resources.  The teacher notes for the blended learning activities include information to implement the activity including prior knowledge, next steps, common misconceptions, suggestions for activity including solutions and additional information to support/enhance and extend learning.

TIPS4Math Grade 10 Applied overview units are organized the same way as TIPS4RM.   The lesson overviews for each of the units identify learning foci and include links to key mathematics resources.

Click on < TIPS4Math > in the left menu on the Mathematics K-12 home page.

May 30, 2017 at 9:29 am Leave a comment

Bilingualism and the Brain

Today’s Toronto Star includes an article by Megan Dolski titled:  The Health Benefits of Learning a Second Language [the online version]. From the article: “Different research studies show that bilinguals are better decision makers, can experience a later onset of dementia, are more perceptive, or think differently.”

If this topic interests you, here are a few other randomly selected, publicly available articles. Check ’em out! Rowan

Why being bilingual works wonders for your brain

The benefits of a bilingual brain – Mia Nacamulli

6 Potential Brain Benefits Of Bilingual Education

Bilingualism And Brain Health

May 29, 2017 at 3:08 pm Leave a comment

Science and early childhood development

The May 2107 issue of Young Children from the NAEYC is a theme issue all about brain science. One of the articles is titled Breakthrough impacts: What science tells us about supporting early childhood development (pp. 8-16) where the article is based on From Best Practices to Breakthrough Impacts: A Science-Based Approach to Building a More Promising Future for Young Children and Families.. (from the Center of the Developing Child, Harvard U.).

Page 12 lists 8 things to remember about child development:

  1. Even infant and young children are affected adversely when significant stresses threaten their family and caregiving environments.
  2. Development is a highly interactive process and life outcomes are not determined solely by genes.
  3. While attachments to their parents are primary, young children can also benefit significantly from relationships with other responsive caregivers both from within and outside the family.
  4. A great deal of brain architecture is shaped during the first three years after birth, but the window for opportunity for its development does not close on a child’s third birthday.
  5. Severe neglect appears to be at least as great a threat to health and development as physical abuse -possibly even greater.
  6. Young children who have been exposed to adversity or violence do not invariably develop stress-related disorders or grow up to be violent adults.
  7. Simply removing a child from a dangerous environment will not automatically reverse the negative impacts of the experience.
  8. Resilience requires relationships , not rugged individualism

TDSB teachers may contact the Professional Library to obtain a copy of this article – or any other from this issue, PH(416) 395-8289 or EM professionallibrary@tdsb.on.ca

Check it out! Rowan

May 26, 2017 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

French teacher? Check out IDELLO (free French resource for Ontario teachers)

The following ad for Idello appears in the June 2017 issue of Professionally Speaking, page 7.  Did you know through a partnership between the MoE and TFO, all the teachers in Ontario English language school boards can create their own account in Idello using their board email address?

Idello

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Idello about “Groupe Média TFO presents IDÉLLO, a dynamic multilevel digital platform designed to cater and adapt to different types of learning. IDÉLLO brings teachers, early childhood educators, students and parents an array of resources and functions that satisfy the desire for new ways to learn. IDÉLLO offers thousands of rich, up-to-date educational resources in French, as well as functions and a workspace that encourage communication between communities of users with common interests.”

Rowan

 

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

Photovoice in the classroom

The April 2017 issue of JOPERD (Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance) includes an interesting article titled PE in Pictures: Using Photovoice to promote middle school students’ reflections on physical activity during free time by Treadwell and Taylor.

From the abstract “The purpose of this article is to demonstrate how physical educators can use Photovoice to examine their students’ perceptions of physical activity and healthy living, and ultimately advocate for change in both their school and community. As a result of student participation in a physical education class project that utilized Photovoice, seventh-grade students made a presentation to their local school board regarding their perceived barriers to physical activity in their community.”

Regardless of your subject area, Photovoice is an active/reflective activity that supports inquiry, social justice, media literacy, student voice (and more). It has students taking pix of the ordinary in their lives/community (whatever), selecting the best/most telling, looking at things critically, considering what can be learned and changed.

TDSB teachers may request the article from the Professional Library (416) 395-8289 or professionallibrary@tdsb.on.ca.

Here are a couple of selected sites (in no order):

  1. Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photovoice
  2. Photvoice.ca
  3. Community Tool Box. Implementing Photovoice in your Community

Check it out! Rowan

May 25, 2017 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

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