Category Archives: Tips and Tid Bits

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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A Workshop with Ruth Sutton

Successful Student Transition Please join author and educator Ruth Sutton as she explores the following questions in her upcoming workshop. What are the obstacles that make transitions difficult for our students? How do school systems make transitions more difficult for learners? What steps can be taken to overcome the “muddle in the middle?” How can […]

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Available Febuary, 2014

5 KEY REASONS FOR RETHINKING LETTER GRADES From the book Rethinking Letter Grades: A Five-Step Approach for Aligning Letter Grades to Learning Standards by Caren Cameron and Kathleen Gregory In the introduction to Rethinking Letter Grades, the authors encourage teachers to think and talk more about how to arrive at letter grades. The focus, they […]

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Great Books to Read Aloud to Your Students

FOUR TIPS FOR READING ALOUD TO ALL AGES Sharing good-quality literature, both fiction and nonfiction, is an integral part of literacy instruction for all students. When sharing books with your students, follow these steps: 1) CHOOSE A BOOK Choosing a book to read aloud that connects to a topic or theme already being studied in […]

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