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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

Check out these Canadian social studies internet resources

There are many, many other sites, and here are two that I discovered recently:

Great for primary sources is Canadiana. With the support of major memory institutions, identifies, catalogue, and digitizes documentary heritage—books, newspapers, periodicals, images and nationally-significant archival materials—in specialized searchable databases:

  • Early Canadiana Online is a full-text collection of published documentary material, including monographs, government documents, and specialized or mass-market periodicals from the 16th to 20th centuries. Law, literature, religion, education, women’s history and aboriginal history are particular areas of strength. This resource combines content from the CIHM microfilm series with full-colour scans of rare, primary-source titles.
  • Heritage draws from the rich corpus of archival microfilm held by Library and Archives Canada, with a focus on fonds from the individuals and organizations that have shaped Canada’s history. Politics, arts and literature, labour, military, aboriginal history, social justice and women’s history are particular areas of strength.

Great for children’s book titles, The Teachers History Book Bank is is not new (2014), but new for me, so I figure that there has to be more folks out there other than me who have forgotten, or didn’t know. It supports Canadian social studies; use the box on the left hand side to refine your search (keyword or select a category. from the scroll down list).  Check your school library or local public library for copies of books.

From The Canadian Children’s Book Centre web site : the CCBC is thrilled to launch its Teachers’ History Book Bank, a collection of Canadian historical fiction and non-fiction books for educators and students. Displayed in a user-friendly way, these books can be used by teachers to introduce topics and themes in Canadian history curricula and by students carrying out research projects. Many of the books also offer opportunities for cross-curricular connections in language arts, geography, the arts, science and other subjects.

It would be super remiss of me not to remind all TDSB teachers and students to use the Virtual Library to find many other resources to support the social studies (and other ) curriculum areas.  Use the SEARCH page to guide your inquiry.


May 5, 2017 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

TESL Canada Journal: 2017 theme issue on refugees in Canada

Special issue volume 33(10)  2017 of the TESL Canada Journal is devoted to refugees and includes the following articles:

Check ’em out! Rowan

May 4, 2017 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

2 reports on teacher professional learning in Canada

Stephanie Hirsch’s has written an item on the Learning Forward blog site titled  A glimpse into Canada’s practices helps us examine our own.

Selected from the blog: 

“Learning Forward recently commissioned and supported a study on the state of professional learning in Canada. You can read about the study as well as the reports and papers resulting from it in the February 2017 issue of The Learning Professional.”

“Canada figures prominently in another study. The school system in British Columbia was highlighted in Beyond PD: Teacher Professional Learning in High-Performing Systemsthe 2016 report from the National Center on Education and the Economy that examines teacher professional learning in four high-performing systems and provides evidence that continuous professional learning deeply embedded into the framework of schools is fundamental to student success. [Click here to access resources to help educators explore the findings in the Beyond PD study and consider implications for policy and practice.]”

Totally check ’em out! Rowan

March 16, 2017 at 12:00 pm Leave a comment

ParticipACTION developed 24-hour movement guidelines for all ages

ParticipACTION is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to help Canadians sit less and move more. They have released their  2016 report card on physical activity levels for children and youth, titled Are Canadian Kids too Tired to Sleep? [Highlights, Full Report]

From the Highlights document; “kids aren’t moving enough to be tired, and they may also be too tired to move. A groundswell of interest in the connection between these behaviours is highlighting the fact that sleep deprivation is a problem in Canadian kids” (p. 2).

To fix this problem, ParticpACTION has created the first ever Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth: An Integration of Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour, and Sleep. A healthy 24 hours includes the right balance of: sweat, step, sleep, & sit. Guidelines are divided into the following age ranges: 0-4, 5-17, 18-64, and 65+. This page includes, amongst other information, a list of healthy sleep habits and ideas for parents on how to reduce sedentary time such as, creating a television watching or computer use schedule to keep track of screen time

Check it out! And while you are there, take a look at the PartipACTION 150 Playlist  (n celebration of Canada’s 150 sesqui) where they have “150 activities that define our land and people – from sledge hockey to lacrosse to snow shoveling and more. So get out there, try as many as you can, track your activities online and earn chances to win great prizes!”



January 18, 2017 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

#OnThisDay in Canada’s History

Check out the #OnThisDay site offered by Library and Archives Canada which you can follow  on social media. Great for trivia buffs (get that going in your Canadian history class) and Canada 150 celebrations.

#OnThisDay … in Canada’s history! On this page, you’ll discover significant events that shaped our society. Subscribe to Library and Archives Canada’s Facebook and Twitter pages or use the #Canada150 and #OnThisDay hashtags for today-in-history vignettes. Above all, join the conversation as we share 150 years of history, one day at a time!

Check it out! Rowan

January 17, 2017 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Fullan & Hargreaves: Bringing the Profession Back In

This is a thought provoking, passionate article – great to launch into the holiday break. Check this out!

Fullan, M. & Hargreaves, A. (2016). Bringing the profession back in: Call to action. Oxford, OH: Learning Forward.

From page 2 :    “The essence of our argument is that PLD, carefully defined, is at the heart of an effective and continuously growing teaching profession and, in turn, the best visions and versions of it are rooted firmly in a system culture of collaborative professionalism that cultivates individual and collective efficacy. Becoming a teacher is about moral purpose. It is about teachers’ commitment to an agenda focused on equity and making a positive difference to children’s lives. Enhancing the role of teachers individually and collectively in learning to lead the development of practice must be deeply rooted in a learning culture.”

  • Page 21 describes actions for teachers
  • Page 22 describes actions for systems
  • page 23 describes actions for Canada

Happy Holidays everyone, Rowan

December 23, 2016 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

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