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Article: Reconciling learning the 'basics' and inquiry teaching

Fostering thoughtful debate
The staff of the Critical Thinking Consortium tackles the apparent conflict between Back-to-the-basics and "inquiry teaching". Worth the read!

"....Media reports frequently present a polarized debate between two camps: "back to basics" versus "inquiry or discovery learning."4 The resulting impression that educators must chose between one or the other is the kind of exaggerated position that often propels the educational policy pendulum to oversimplify and overreact. In this article, we seek to explain how learning the basics and inquiry teaching can be reconciled, and to document the effects of doing so..."


"La musique dans ma classe"

Explore francophone musical tradition
Visit this site for links to music resources in French

"Music is essential to the study of language and culture. To fully appreciate French, it is important for students to be exposed to the rich world of French music, in particular the unique francophone musical tradition of Canada  (Québécois, Acadian, Métis, and French Aboriginal music and musicians.)"



Seeing the Invisible: an animated treatment of van Leeuwenhoek

Seeing smaller than ever before

"In 1674, Antonie van Leeuwenhoek looked at a drop of lake water through his homemade microscope and discovered an invisible world that no one knew existed. His work inspired countless microbiology researchers, including HHMI investigator Bonnie Bassler, one of the narrators of this animated feature. Leeuwenhoek was a haberdasher and city official in Delft, The Netherlands. He started making simple microscopes and using them to observe the world around him. He was the first to discover bacteria and much more."


Great Transitions: The Origin of Humans | HHMI’s BioInteractive

Key phases of human evolution: larger brains, tool use, and bipedality

Video [19m44] -> Also available for download from the site.

"Paleontologists have studied the fossil record of human evolution just like they have done for other major transitions, including the evolution of tetrapods from fish and the evolution of birds from dinosaurs. In this film, part of the Great Transitions trilogy, Sean Carroll and Tim White discuss the most important human fossils and how they illuminate key phases of human evolution, focusing in particular on three traits: larger brains, tool use, and bipedality."



“Oniva”, a fun French TV show for kids - on DVD

A "magazine format" show for Immersion and FSL students
Great for Elementary immersion classes, and higher FSL grades, ONIVA is a show created for and by school-aged kids. In each show, the team travels and visits a school (in one of the four western provinces, the Yukon and Ontario) and examines a focus topic with young people. The show is presented in a "magazine format" and includes stories, interesting facts, a feature called "vox-pop", Q&As, a cooking segment and entertaining games. The student hosts are middle school aged but clips would work with junior high Immersion students, and high school FSL.


What is a Makerspace?

Helping students be creative
This Makerspace is seperate from the school library, but the energy and excitement could easily be brought into an existing library learning commons.

"Andrew Goodin manages the GCAA Makerspace, a collaborative workshop in which students use their artistic abilities to solve real-world problems in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. He earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Washington State University and a Masters of Education from University of Missouri-St. Louis. Andrew is co-founder of The Disruption Department, an educational technology nonprofit that creates tangible STEAM learning opportunities for students from under-resourced neighborhoods in St. Louis. "


Makerspaces Webinar with Diana Rendina

Students and stations and stuff! (video webinar)
"An ISTE Librarian Network Webinar with Teacher-Librarian Diana Rendina at a STEM magnet school on "Transforming your library with a Makerspace". Learn how she did it in her library and how you can do it in yours. (Streamed live on 22 Oct 2014)"



Open a World of Possible: Real Stories About the Joy and Power of Reading (eBook)

Reading teaches us who we are and who we might become
"The remarkable authors in this volume—literacy experts, language researchers, librarians, children's authors, and poets—share the reading moments that enriched and extended the possibilities of their lives and made them who they are today.[...] These people credit reading with helping them dream of a future they hadn't thought possible.Their stories are our stories. No matter our medium—digital screen or printed book, magazine or comic book— reading can impart courage; it teaches us who we are and who we might become."

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