Category Archives: Tips and Tid Bits

Grand Conversations, Thoughtful Responses: Faye Brownlie on What’s New in the 2nd Edition

All kids should have the opportunity to fall in love with reading. Faye Brownlie’s acclaimed guide, Grand Conversations, Thoughtful Responses, has offered teachers a powerful set of tools for engaging young readers since its release in 2005. Now, the second edition is almost here, and it’s filled with new strategies and updated tools for today’s […]

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Orange Shirt Day: Guiding Conversations about Residential Schools in the Classroom

September 30th is Orange Shirt Day—a nationally-recognized event to acknowledge the harm inflicted by residential schools. For educators, this day represents a special opportunity to engage young people in important discussions about residential schools and other structures of systemic racism.  There’s no way around it; these conversations are hard. They’re painful, delicate—and necessary. So, where […]

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Authentic Indigenous Content for Middle Years and High School Classrooms

With the new school year just around the corner, we’ve heard from teachers like you looking to include Indigenous perspectives in your curriculum. If you’re looking to incorporate more great literature from Indigenous authors into your classroom, this list is for you. These stories make great reads for older students with powerful touch points for […]

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Authentic Indigenous Content for Early Years Classrooms

As you prepare for another school year, curriculums across Canada are changing to include thoughtful, high-quality Indigenous content. This is a critical shift in Canadian culture, in which you—as an educator—have the power to spark important discussions about where we’ve come from, and where our future may lead. Written by Indigenous authors, these books give […]

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Spring Break! Tips for Recharging from Ensouling Our Schools

Spring break is right around the corner, and is a time for both you and your students to recharge. After the break, what can you and your students do to stay recharged during the rest of the school year? In Ensouling Our Schools: A Universally Designed Framework for Mental Health, Well Being, and Reconciliation (Ensouling […]

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Why You Need the Latest “Hands-On Science and Technology” for Your Classroom

Every teacher knows that part of preparing today’s learners for a successful tomorrow is to teach using methods that engage learners and spark creativity and interest inside—and outside—the classroom. The latest edition of Hands-On Science and Technology: An Inquiry Approach is designed to meet the changing needs of Ontario students and educators. It includes brand-new […]

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How to Include “A Girl Called Echo” in your Louis Riel Day Classroom Studies

It’s Louis Riel Day! Make History Relevant for Your Students Using “Red River Resistance” A graphic novel for ages 12+ Louis Riel Day offers a terrific opportunity to introduce your students to Indigenous authors and books that commemorate the life of Louis Riel and offer an own voice account to historical events. Red River Resistance from […]

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Our Gift to You

A Free Activity for The Seven Teachings Stories series by Katherena Vermette illustrated by Irene Kuziw Background Information The Seven Sacred Teachings are a group of teachings that originated with the Anishnaabe of North America. These teachings have been adopted by many Indigenous peoples. Said to have come from the grandfathers, or wisdom keepers, and […]

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Create A Personal Glossary

From the book series Hands-On Social Studies for Ontario Social Studies topics can be rich in new vocabulary. In Jennifer Lawson’s upcoming Hands-On Social Studies for Ontario (HOSS-ON), teachers use vocabulary from the social studies topics of study (e.g., natural resources, landforms, rural), as well as words related to the inquiry model (e.g., ask, predict, […]

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An Inquiry Activity

TRY IT OUT! POLAR OPPOSITES: AN INQUIRY ACTIVITY FROM THE BOOK The Art of Inquiry by Nancy Lee Cecil and Jeanne Pfeifer Description Polar Opposites is an ideal activity for helping students see characters in texts as three-dimensional. This is done by asking them to assess characters on a variety of traits, using a three-, […]

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