The dog days of summer have begun, and the fall term is just around the corner. We can hardly believe it either!
With a few weeks left before you meet the new faces of the 2019-2020 school year, there are just days to go to prepare your materials. While there’s undoubtedly a long list of supplies to get ready, your mindset is the most important one.
This Labour Day weekend, get ready for another amazing year with these weekend reads—each with takeaways you can bring with you to class.
1. Catch a Fire
Fuelling Inquiry and Passion Through Project-Based Learning
Hot off the presses, Catch a Fire is a new and enlightening look at the transformative power of project-based learning. In each chapter, contributors to the book offer insights into how project-based models benefit learners. The book is packed with intriguing and useful information for educators, and yet it’s a quick and engaging read. Perfect for reading on the patio the weekend before fall term begins.
A Photo Series
What began as an independent project by artist KC Adams has evolved into a powerful achievement of social action. Perception is an arresting collection of portraits that challenge readers to “look, then look again” at the stereotypes that Canada’s Indigenous people live with. First displayed on billboards, bus shelters, storefronts, and projected onto buildings in downtown Winnipeg, the collection is now available in book form.
3. One Without the Other
Stories of Unity through Diversity and Inclusion
As an educator herself, author Shelley Moore understands the challenges of working in diverse classrooms. One Without the Other explores the philosophies and practises behind creating a truly inclusive learning environment. A master storyteller, Moore uses her witty and empathetic voice to share and build on her experiences with learners of all needs and abilities.
5. This Place
150 Years Retold
You don’t have to be a comic book fan to get swept up in this graphic novel anthology. This Place is a journey through time that combines Indigenous retellings of history with stunning full-colour artwork. Don’t be surprised if this engrossing anthology sparks new ways of teaching Indigenous history to your students.
4. Truth and Reconciliation in Canadian Schools
A must-read for educators seeking to enrich their classroom content with progressive, respectful Indigenous education. In Truth and Reconciliation, author Pamela Rose Toulouse puts relationship-building and reconciliatory action front-and-centre. This book is a complete framework for leading conversations with students about Indigenous and non-Indigenous relations.
5. Indigenous Writes
A Guide to First Nations, Métis & Inuit Issues in Canada
Among other things, the long history of genocide, racism, and inequality between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people has caused a vast chasm of misunderstanding. In this bold, clear, and refreshingly accessible read, Indigenous Writes dismantles some of the most harmful myths about First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples. If you’re a non-Indigenous reader, prepare to find answers to questions you may never have known to ask.
6. Ensouling Our Schools
A Universally Designed Framework for Mental Health, Well-Being, and Reconciliation
Stress, marginalization, and isolation are real impediments to learning. In Ensouling Our Schools, author Jennifer Katz offers teachers the tools to support students’ mental, emotional, and spiritual health in the classroom. Contributor Kevin Lamoureux adds an Indigenous perspective on adapting this approach to address the TRC Call to Action.
7. Potlatch as Pedagogy
Learning Through Ceremony
The potlatch, the foundational ceremony of the Haida people, is a tradition that has lived on in spite of the odds. Banned by the Canadian government in 1884, the survival of the potlatch is a testament to the resilience of the Haida people. Author Sara Florence Davidson lists her late father, Robert Davidson, as the co-author of Potlatch as Pedagogy as the book explores how the traditions he passed to her can find a place in contemporary classrooms.
While summer may be on its way out, the incoming school year may be your best yet. May the stories and lessons within these inspiring titles stay with you all year long.