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Get Dormant Readers Out of Reading Hibernation

It has been the longest, most difficult winter that I can remember in a long time.  All I want to do is stay curled up in my flannel pajamas and hibernate in my basement under a cuddly quilt.  I feel … Continue reading

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Back Channel for Reflection

In my role as Literacy Coordinator, I am part of many professional development sessions with the teachers in our division.  For the last few sessions we have been using TodaysMeet (www.todaysmeet.com) to live stream comments and questions while the session … Continue reading

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The Year of Literacy

One of my favourite things about this time of year are the “best of” lists that come out.  I love reviewing the year’s most interesting people, biggest news stories, biggest scandals, and the best of pop culture.  2012 was a … Continue reading

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The RAN Strategy

I just spent a great afternoon with an elementary school staff in our school division talking about inquiry in the classroom.  Part of the afternoon was participating in the RAN strategy.  (See Reality Checks by Tony Stead).  The RAN strategy … Continue reading

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Confronting the “Single Story” with Turtle Island Voices

In this TED Talk Chimamanda Adichie challenges her listeners to confront the “single story” of stereotypes and prejudice. She talks about how having a single story of an individual or a country can create misunderstandings and conflict.  I think it … Continue reading

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GoodReads Friday

My GoodRead for this week is a set of books by Nicola Campbell called Shi-shi-etko and Shin-chi’s Canoe. These beautifully, poignant picture books would be excellent as part of a text set about residential schools. I feel that these two … Continue reading

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YourNextRead

Don’t know what to read next?  Try YourNextRead, a website that links you to new books based on books you have already read.  Your students can use this to help develop their book boxes and build their interest lists.  It … Continue reading

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