Archive for May 24, 2017

Bike to School Week – May 29 – June 2, 2017

From May 29th to June 2nd, 2017, school boards, public health offices, municipalities, regions and non-government organizations across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) will be celebrating Bike to School Week.  Schools can participate in Bike to School Week by encouraging their students to walk and roll to school, and by holding events both inside and outside the classroom to promote the benefits of active transportation. Here are some resources to share with your schools and communities.


Schools can register their events and access additional resources by visiting

For more resources, TDSB teachers should check out the Eco-Schools web page

May 24, 2017 at 8:00 pm Leave a comment

PISA 2015 report on Students’ Financial Literacy (incl Canada country report)

ON May 24, the OECD,  in a news release titled Many Teenagers Struggle to Understand Money Matters,  announced the release of a report on student financial literacy.

From the release: “Around one in four students in the 15 countries and economies* that took part in the latest OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) test of financial literacy are unable to make even simple decisions on everyday spending, while only one in ten can understand complex issues, such as income tax.”

Canada, whose students generally scored higher than the average, gets its own country report ” Some 22% of students in the participating Canadian provinces are top performers in financial literacy [Table IV.3.2], meaning that they are proficient at Level 5 (compared to 33% in Beijing Shanghai-Jiangsu-Guangdong [China] and 12% on average across the participating OECD countries and economies). These students can analyse complex financial products, solve non-routine financial problems and show an understanding of the wider financial landscape.”

You too can take the test [sample questions only] 

Read the blog Dollars and sense? Financial literacy among 15-year-olds.

Check it out! Rowan


May 24, 2017 at 4:15 pm Leave a comment

Great new books for TDSB teachers

Here are some funky (action-based) new books NOW available in our catalogue:

TDSB teachers can reserve the books in the catalogue (on the Virtual Library – remember to login) or by contacting the library ate (416) 295-8289 or

May 24, 2017 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

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