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Readers save the world infographic

The Canadian National Reading Campaign site includes an infographic titled Readers Save the World [jpeg].  Didja know that:

  • reading for as little as 6 minutes can reduce stress by as much as 60 %
  • 61% of Canadians have library cards

Join the movement – it is good for your health!

Check it out, Rowan

July 12, 2017 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

How do Cdn Grades 4 & 8 rate internationally in math and science?

CMEC has published a 2017 document titled  TIMSS 2015 Canadian Results from the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study [pdf], described as “presenting the Canadian results of the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2015. It provides information on the mathematics and science achievement at the Grade 4 and Grade 8/Secondary II levels and describes factors influencing learning in the home and school environment in Canada. Results are reported at both Canadian and international levels, with comparisons across participating Canadian provinces as well as with participating countries.”  Ontario is included.

This is classic “just the facts” document … I love executive summaries, and there isn’t one 😦  but here are 2 facts about the Canadian results:

  • In mathematics, over 90 per cent of Canadian students reached at least the basic (low) level of achievement. Sixty-nine per cent reached at least the intermediate level, compared to 75 per cent internationally. (p. 21)
  • The assessment found that more than 90 per cent of Canadian Grade 8 students achieved at least the low level in both science and mathematics. Additionally, in mathematics 78 per cent of Canadian students reached at least the intermediate benchmark, a figure that is well above the international median of 62 per cent. (p. 37).

You gotta read the report for the details.

Rowan

July 4, 2017 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Summer reading book ideas

Here are some new-for-us books :  the funky friendly loaded with ideas types of books. Great for a spot of summer reading. And yes the Professional Library is open July and August, so you can borrow them and read them from quiet depths of your garden – doesn’t that sound great?

In July and August, TDSB teachers should come to Tippett to pick-up and drop-off books ‘cos the courier is not running to schools.  Contact us before you come so we can ensure that what you want is available. Phone (416) 395-8289 or email professionallibrary@tdsb.on.ca  .

Rowan

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

UNESCO report on equity and inclusion

UNESCO has released a report titled A Guide for Ensuring Inclusion and Equity in Education [pdf]. Not really for the classroom teacher, its intended audience are government policy makers, and is “intended to support countries in embedding inclusion and equity in educational policy. The ultimate objective is to create system-wide change for overcoming barriers to quality educational access, participation, learning processes and outcomes, and to ensure that all learners are valued and engaged equally.” (p. 10).

But you know, for a classroom teacher, or a coach, it’s kind of foundational – I’d still recommend it and it is an easy read, from page 35: “Research on teacher education for inclusive education has identified four core values that undergird teachers’ competence in developing and sustaining inclusive practice:

  1. Valuing learner diversity: Students’ differences are viewed as a resource and an asset to education;
  2. Supporting all learners: Teachers have high expectations for all learners’ achievements;
  3. Working with others: Collaboration and teamwork are essential approaches for all teachers; and
  4. Continuing personal professional development: Teaching is a learning activity and teachers must accept responsibility for their own lifelong learning.”

Check it out! Rowan

June 29, 2017 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Better student health? Eliminate junk food from schools

The media has been all over a recent report from Philip Leonard that looked at the BMI index of Canadian students ages 12-25, and found that  students in provinces that had banned the sale of junk food in schools, had lower/healthier weights.

From the Toronto Star article Junk Food Ban in Canadian Schools is Working, by Michael Macdonald :  “His research revealed that for each year a student was exposed to a junk food ban, there was a corresponding 0.05 decline in their BMI, a value derived from height and weight. As a result, the students not allowed to make junk food purchases at school for five or more years were, on average, about two pounds lighter than students who did not face a ban.”

See also: NB CBC News “Banning of junk food sales in Canadian schools having a positive effect” and Global News School junk food bans have positive impact on weight.

Check ’em out! Rowan

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

Crazy busy ? No time to read? Listen to the podcast

The Professional Library has created an 8 minute podcast [http://bit.ly/PLPodcastBestbooks2017] discussing our most popular books for 2016-2017 – it’s in Google drive so remember to login using your TDSB login.

Here is the list of Professional Library books that have the highest circulation statistics for 2016-2017: BestBooksEver2016-2017

Remember we’re open this July and August, Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm and our library team is available to assist TDSB teachers with resources and research for AQ courses, professional learning, preparation for next school year, or summer reading.  Call (416) 395-8289 or email professionallibrary@tdsb.on.ca.

Check it out! Rowan

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

WOW! Professional Library is open July and August

The Professional Library is open July and August to help you locate books, articles and information for AQ courses, planning for next September.  Library staff will be available to assist you with your research and information needs.

TDSB teachers may visit the Tippett Centre in person. We are:

  • Open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Centrally located at 3 Tippett Road near Wilson Avenue and the Allen Road.
  • In easy walking distance of the Wilson subway.
  • Air-conditioned and have on-site parking.

Too busy to visit? From home, you can search the online catalogue and journal databases on the Professional Library’s TDSBweb page (under the Services drop down menu) http://tdsbweb/library_prof – and you can chat with a librarian.

For more information, phone (416) 395-8289 or email professionallibrary@tdsb.on.ca or TEXT (647)556-6333.

See our summer flyer:

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June 23, 2017 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

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