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5 ways to listen better - TED talk

Re-tune your ears for conscious listening

"In our louder and louder world, says sound expert Julian Treasure, "We are losing our listening." In this short, fascinating talk, Treasure shares five ways to re-tune your ears for conscious listening -- to other people and the world around you."


Excellent iPad Apps to Create eBooks

Create ebooks for your students

Some of these apps are well-known, but if you haven't seen them yet, they can add a new dimension to project-work in your class!

"Using iPads teachers can create ebooks for their students or even help them create ebooks for themselves. ... try them with your students and take your teaching a step further.


Persuasion Map - editable graphic organizer

Need help with that persuasive essay?

Readwritethink provides this handy tool for organizing your thinking. Not only can you print a blank copy of the graphic, but you can fill in your initial ideas using the Persuasion Map builder, and then print your thinking so far. Good for writing an essay or planning a debate.


Stupid Library Tricks: Library Videos of all kinds

Bookcart drill teams, spoofs, parodies and more.

A collection of library themed Youtube clips sure to bring a chuckle to public and school librarians alike.


Catalog Card Generator - Library Fun

Nostalgia for the Card Catalog?

Use this fun web-form to create your own custom vintage card catalog item, complet with informative scribbles. Great for creating a graphic for a presentation or webpage, or as an impromptu greeting card art for that special someone who works in library. Take a look.


Painted "Book" Bricks for display

Library Display or Fun Art Project?

Looking for an interesting idea for library display? Or maybe a clever concept for your garden or patio? Artist Daryl Fitzgerald sells a wide range of books - painted onto bricks. You can order the titles you like, or try your hand at creating your own. This would also be a fun art project for students to try.



"Carnaval" resources for February

The Largest Winter Carnival in the World

Explore links to teacher resources, photos history and more. (Site in French and English)

"Since the beginning of our French colony, the habitants of New France created a rowdy tradition of getting together just before Lent to eat, drink and be merry. The custom of celebrating from the end of January until mid-February has long been popular.

"The first large winter Carnival in Québec City, the world's snow capital, took place in 1894. Often faced with winter's hardships, the city's population reinvented this popular tradition with a winter celebration that warmed up the hearts of all of it revellers.


Feb 15 Flag Day

Canadian National Flag Day

Activities and information in French and English

"February 15 was declared National Flag of Canada Day in 1996. It marks the day in 1965 when our red and white maple leaf flag was first raised over Parliament Hill in Ottawa, and indeed, hundreds of communities across Canada. Red and white were designated as Canada's official colours in 1921 by His Majesty King George V. This is a perfect opportunity to celebrate our flag and what it stands for: a Dominion that is the envy of the world."



IRA Podcasts - on Reading and Writing

Reading Podcasts and Podcast Series

Listen to great ideas anywhere—in a PD session, while you're driving to work, or when you're out for your morning jog. All podcasts are free and easy to download in MP3 format.


Applying Bloom's Taxonomy

Helping teachers frame questions and objectives

Bloom's taxonomy has been the gold standard for many teachers as they seek to move from simple recall to more thoughtful questions and activities. The links below will refresh your memory! (Also: take a look at this link which explains the differences between the classic Bloom's and the revised model.)

Sample questions and activities

Bloom's Taxonomy Question Stems  
(Classic) PDF Link ,  (Revised) PDF Link

Verbs associated with Bloom (Classic)

Pinterest Board


A Book and a Hug - Books for Boys

Connect boys with reading

Books for Boys - How do we connect the right reading material to male readers? What exactly makes a book for a boy? Find out what what kind of guy you have in front of you. Barb Langridge, the moderator for "a Book and a Hug" has identified four kinds of male readers, and she uses these categories to match kids to books they might like:
  • Connectors/Belongers
  • Seeker/Leader
  • Jokester/Thrill Seeker/Party Animal
  • Answerman
(Incidentally, she maintains that adult male readers fall into the same categories!)



Resources for Using Literature Circles in Your Classroom

Just starting Lit Circles? Some resources to explore

Check out the professional resources for more background information and research on the effectiveness of using Literature Circles in your classroom. The Suggested Titles section contains some titles, but let your students and your curriculum be the guide to selecting books.


6 Ways Students Can Collaborate With iPads

Supporting collaboration between students

Collaboration between students is a critical component of any classroom activity or project and increasingly there are options available that allow for collaborative efforts across iPads. Here are six ways to support collaboration between student iPads.


Histoires d'objets | La Première Chaîne de Radio-Canada

L'origine et l'importance des objets de tous les jours.

A great show that presents interesting and unusual insights into everyday objects - in French. (Not all subjects are appropriate for school!) Selected portions would be perfect for Immersion classes, or Senior FSL.

"Les objets font partie intégrante de notre quotidien. "Histoires d'objets" propose des récits sur ce qui nous entoure... Chaque émission porte sur un objet en particulier. En plus de révéler son origine et la place que nous lui accordons dans la société, Fabien Fauteux et son équipe vont au-delà de la simple description et présentent des utilisations originales auxquelles l'auditeur n'aurait jamais pensé."


Every Child, Every Day - Improving Reading

Six elements of instruction for every child, every day.

"Allington and Gabriel outline six elements of instruction that every child should experience every day. Each of these elements can be implemented in any district and any school, with any curriculum or set of materials, and without additional funds.

1. Every child reads something he or she chooses.
2. Every child reads accurately.
3. Every child reads something he or she understands.
4. Every child writes about something personally meaningful.
5. Every child talks with peers about reading and writing.
6. Every child listens to a fluent adult read aloud.


Stitcher - Smart Radio - on demand

Talk radio & podcasts on demand.

"Stitcher Internet Radio for the world beyond music. Get the latest news, politics, sports, business and entertainment on-demand. The Stitcher app has been downloaded over 8 million times and offers the best programming from thousands of content providers including NPR, Fox and CNN. Available for iPhone, Android and iPad."


Show What You Know - Web & Mobile Apps for presenting

An infographic of online and mobile presentation tools

"Nowadays teachers and students have a variety of ways to show what they know and to express themselves. Take a look at some of the hottest online and mobile tools for showing, explaining, and retelling in my infographic, "Show What You Know Using Web & Mobile Apps." These web and iPad apps can turn students into teachers and teachers into super-teachers! Furthermore, most of the apps listed in the infographic are free of charge.

Download the infographic as a PDF (3 MB) by clicking here. URLs and app names are linked on the PDF for one-click access.


TV ads from the 50s to 80s

A walk down TV ads memory lane

Duke University hosts a digital collection of thousands of television commercials created or collected by the D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles (DMB&B) advertising agency, dated 1950s - 1980s. Great for media literacy courses or historical perspective.


R5 in Your Classroom A Guide to Differentiating Independent Reading

The new DEAR: how to successfully initiate R5 in the classroom

"This practical, hands-on chapter explains how to successfully initiate R5 in the classroom. The rules of R5 are explored and specific suggestions for implementation are offered, including student ideas for making R5 effective.  Mini-lessons related to coaching students on book selection and teaching genre are included to enhance student engagement during R5.


What At-Risk Readers Need (EL) Allington

Can every student read at grade level?

Dr. Richard Allington writes about what kinds of intervention are needed to to help At-Risk Readers:

"The one-third of entering kindergartners who don't know all their letter names are likely to become the one-third of 4th graders reading below the basic level. Therefore, schools should begin by ensuring that these kindergartners participate in additional high-quality reading lessons. We must structure our schools so that what we know on the first day of school no longer predicts the NAEP scores that students will earn five years later.

As part of his discussion, Allington talks about the importance of choice in reading and finding books that hit the 98% accuracy/ 90% comprehension level. In other words, matching the right book to the right reader - this is an area where teacher-librarians can provide tremendous support!

Also Allington on RTI from the IRA podcasts series:
Richard Allington discusses research-supported models for early reading intervention 
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