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Halloween book displays and respectful representation.

Trick or Treat!

As October 31st draws near, the conversation often turns to the question of appropriate costumes, which includes issues of cultural appropriation and misrepresentation. This is especially true of “Aboriginal costumes.”

As you select books for your Halloween display, you might want to consider if those books have respectful images of Indigenous people.

Typically, these costumes take elements from various Nations (i.e. Native designs or symbols, head dresses, medicine bags, etc.) and weave them together in a mishmash meant to be “Indian.” However, regalia has specific and often spiritual significance. Wearing it in a haphazard or inappropriate way trivializes its meaning. In addition, because Indigenous culture has a history of being eroded and repressed in mainstream society, treating identity as a “costume” is simply another form of that erosion. Just as wearing a grab-bag of liturgical vestments from a variety of religions would be seen as bad taste, so too is wearing an “Aboriginal” costume.

--  Food for thought as we get ready for the Trick-or-treaters.



National School Library Day Colloquium

See the info below for information on this event.
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Core Compentencies in Children's Lit

Books to Support Core Competency Work

​Thanks to Joan Pearce and Carol Walters from SD71 / Comox Valley for generating this of titles that line up nicely with the core competencies.



Choice Chapter Book Read-Alouds for a New School Year

​Read to them - they'll love these titles​

​School Library Journal offers some compelling read-aloud novels to begin the school year. You'll find short annotations and grade level recommendations for each of these titles.


The Reading Rules We Would Never Follow as Adult Readers

et us choose the books we want to read

Great blog post on choice in reading:
The number one thing all the students I have polled through the years want the most when it comes to reading.  No matter how I phrase the question, this answer in all of its versions is always at the top.  Sometimes pleading, sometimes demanding, sometimes just stated as a matter of fact; please let us choose the books we want to read.



The 7 Elements of Art - ebook

​Get ​
creative in your classroom

 KQED Art School's e-book offers opportunities to get creative in your classroom and help students build digital art and media portfolios
​. This site is good for art teachers or senior art students wanting some pointers. 


YA titles for fans of "Peculiar Children"

​Printable PDF poster​

​Promote associated titles with this poster. You could even make your own!



Natural History and more with Google Arts & Culture

For the Culturally Curious

"Discover artworks, collections and stories from all around the world in a new way. Explore cultural treasures in extraordinary detail and easily share with your friends."



Mathigon Course Library

"mathematics is not a spectators sport"


Step by step lessons for high school and college topics:

​"​Mathematics is an essential part of our culture, just like Mozart and Shakespeare – it enables science and innovation, and describe​s​ profound truths about our universe.

Yet, the real power of mathematics is not what you lean, but how you learn: logical thinking, problem solving, reasoning and proof. It is often said that "mathematics is not a spectators sport" – you have t​o ​actively do mathematics to really understand what it is about.



Changing the Conversation About Librarians

Future Ready Teacher Librarians

Mark Ray is changing the conversation from "shh..." to "How can I help your with technology?" Mark has helped to overhaul libraries in Vancouver Public Schools in Washington state.

Mark Ray is Chief Digital Officer for Vancouver (Washington) Public Schools. Named a National School Boards Association "20 to Watch" in 2015, he has helped develop and lead 1:1 device programs, professional development, digital learning and redefining teacher librarian practices. For 20 years, we was a teacher librarian and instructional technology facilitator and was the 2012 Washington State Teacher of the Year.

​See also Joyce Valenza's blogpost


TFO Vidéos dans l’App Store

​Some good videos for the FSL/FI classroom​

​TFO is offering an app that will allow selected content to be accessed by teachers and students. There is a great range of material available for students from K-12. (Not all TFO content is accessible via the app, but it is worth taking a look.)



Audiobooks: Is listening as good as reading?

Do you need the text in front of you?

Text or audio? This article explores some of the issues...
"In a 2012 New Yorker essay, author and journalist John Colapinto added to the debate, noting that the oral tradition may have developed along with human language. Humanity's long history of storytelling -- which predates written language by tens of thousands of years -- supports the argument that our brains originally adapted to absorb long, complex fictions not by eye, but by ear, he said. [...] University of Virginia psychology professor Dan Willingham said research that breaks down how people learn to process written language suggests that once people master reading, their comprehension is the same, whether they are absorbing printed or narrated texts. "




Support design based learning

"learnXdesign was founded by a consortium of science centers led by the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) to create and share resources to support design based learning in out of school settings. learnXdesign offers design based learning resources for the broader informal learning community, particularly the after-school community, and creates strategies for sustaining these programs that may be applicable to multiple settings, ranging from libraries to youth clubs."



6 Ways to Use Book Creator in Science Classrooms

Labs, adventures, scrapbooks and more.

Monica Burns is a fifth grade teacher in a 1:1 iPad classroom. In this column, she shares some ideas for using Book Creator in  science. She is a "Book Creator Ambassador" and travels to schools to lead workshops on technology integration across the content areas.

Visit her website at for creative education technology tips and technology lesson plans aligned to the Common Core Standards.



Best Books for Kids - Lots of Booklists

Stories that are bound to spark kids' imagination

"Sure, your kids love Harry Potter and Twilight -- but what else will keep young bookworms reading? Whether you're on the hunt for classic kids' books or best sellers, our "best books" lists are full of stories that are bound to spark kids' imagination and keep the pages turning."
Preschoolers (2-4)
Little Kids (5-7)
Big Kids (8-9)
Tweens (10-12)
Teens (13+)


​Digital Literacy Framework: Now Complete, from K to 12

Give students the skills they need for the digital age

"MediaSmarts is pleased to announce the final installment of Use, Understand & Create: A Digital Literacy Framework for Canadian Schools. Since launching the K-8 component of the framework in 2015, we have now completed the final section for grades 9-12. Teachers across the country can use this cross-curricular resource, in both official languages, to give students  the skills they need for the digital age. The framework is directly informed by extensive, Canadian research.

"The framework includes over 50 lessons and interactive games, organized by grade level from Kindergarten to Grade 12, that are aligned with seven aspects of digital literacy:

    Finding and Verifying
    Ethics and Empathy
    Privacy and Security
    Digital Health
    Consumer Awareness
    Community Engagement
    Making and Remixing

"The seventh aspect, Making and Remixing, is new to the grade 9-12 component, and  encourages students across Canada to move from being media consumers to media producers, by creating and remixing their own work.


Min of Ed publishes changes to graduation requirements.

What This Means for Students

Students entering Grade 10 in the 2017/18 school year will be the first group where the new requirements apply entirely. Changes in curriculum, assessments and graduation requirements are being phased-in over the next few years.
The number of credits required to graduate remains the same.
New curriculum and provincial assessments are the key differences between the previous (2004) Graduation Program and the new 2017 Graduation Program. 
Curriculum being implemented with the 2017 Graduation Program has been redesigned. The new curriculum will help teachers create learning environments that are both engaging and personalized for students.


Comics in the Classroom

dd some 
 to your classroom

In recent years, graphic novels have expanded beyond superhero storylines, and offer many teaching opportunities for educators who want to take advantage of their broad appeal and themes. Read
​[the article]
, and watch the videos, to find out how to add some bam! to your classroom.



Entice your teen readers

"Stay away" from the books!!

Here's a great promotional idea from Amanda Arneill using Canva:

"I was fiddling around with some "warning signs" for books and then I was inspired to come up with a whole bunch that we could use to make a window display or put up around areas of our libraries. I have attached the four that I made for my small display and I would love it if you could send me the warnings that you would want to put up to entice teen readers to "stay away" from the books. I will put all of these into a warning sign series and send them out to everyone for you to use if you would like."  (see gdrive link above for some more samples)



Five Reflective End-of-Year Activities

How to wrap up the school year

Lily Jones: "The last days of the school year are ticking by. As more and more milestones get crossed off your list, you may be left wondering how to wrap up the school year. Last year I wrote about how teachers can reflect on their "shining moments" at the end of the school year. This year I've asked several teachers to share their favorite end-of-year activities in hopes that you'll find one that feels just right to use in your classroom."