We want our students to think critically about the sites on the internet. We want them to think critically about the information shared online, and make sure that the information is bias free. Particularly when conducting research. Perhaps most important, we want students to not be swayed into rhetoric that is damaging or dangerous to... Continue Reading →

Our students need us more than ever. Society needs us more than ever. Educators are key to teaching critical literacy. We want our students to think critically about the world around them. We want them to think critically about all information shared through media, and make sure that the information is bias free. Particularly when... Continue Reading →

‘Quiet’? or ‘Conversational’ Classrooms

The term 'Quiet' in our traditional school classrooms, often equates to 'compliance'. This was very important when our traditional school system was built over 100 years ago. It was essential that we had compliance from our students to adequately train them for the industrial era. When I think of quiet classrooms, I think about the... Continue Reading →

Math: How we Teach in the Classroom Matters

http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/514411549 Our personal schemas about math greatly impacts how we feel about math and ultimately how we will perform in math. From the time we are born, we are impacted by the attitudes and beliefs of those around us. The effects of nurture that shape our schemas of how the world works, also shapes what... Continue Reading →

Are we preparing our students for the world outside the classroom?

Education is both directly impacted by changes in our world, yet is also responsible for preparing and ensuring that our society's children are ready to survive and thrive in our world. There is no doubt about it, rapidly evolving technologies and economies are having significant impacts on the socioeconomic status of families. Education can either... Continue Reading →

Information Literacy in the 21st Century Classroom

      Information literacy skills are of paramount importance in the 21st Century. Information Literacy is an all encompassing term that includes traditional reading, writing, oral communication, digital literacy, media literacy, digital citizenship and higher order thinking skills. Higher order thinking skills includes critical thinking, and are are necessary for all curriculum areas and... Continue Reading →

Social Media, Digital Citizenship, Critical Thinking

We all know that social media platforms hold large databases of our personal information. Even when we think we have deleted a post...it still exists with the companies. Even though we don't know what will happen with this data in the future, we need to engage in real critical inquiry about the ramifications for the... Continue Reading →

8 Ingredients for increasing Literacy and 21st Century Skills

Students who access and use libraries and their contents – both librarians and books – outperform those students who rarely or never use libraries.  I am inspired from this quote from the article:  It's About Access. This is particularly because it outlines 2 very powerful words:  Access and Use. Access and use of effective and appropriate... Continue Reading →

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