What is Planning Time? Can we improve current models?

Planning time is important for teachers. Teachers require time each day where they can have some personal autonomy to grade, organize, plan, build, create, and meet with others. Teacher-Librarians, as leaders in the school, who have a pulse on everything that is going on within a school, and a plethora of resources, can give veryContinue reading “What is Planning Time? Can we improve current models?”

The Formal Assessment of Literacy Skills

  There are several key reasons that need to be involved with formally assessing student literacy: First, we can gain key diagnostic information about the current skills that our students have. We also can glean key information about the previous knowledge and experiences of our students through meaningful diagnostic assessments. Second, it provides opportunities forContinue reading “The Formal Assessment of Literacy Skills”

To Benefit Student Learning: Facilitating New Opportunities for Collaborative Inquiry, Action Research, Innovation

Today, it is imperative that we make changes to our traditional school paradigms to meet the learning needs of our students for today and their futures. We need to reimagine how we structure our schools to promote ongoing daily collaboration opportunities for teachers for the purposes of planning, with the explicit goal of improving studentContinue reading “To Benefit Student Learning: Facilitating New Opportunities for Collaborative Inquiry, Action Research, Innovation”

Make School Different: Think Like a Librarian

In keeping with the meme #makeschooldifferent, I have been thinking more about the philosophies behind Librarianship. I decided to think about this in terms of what I want to START, instead of what we need to STOP pretending. I am passionate about education and have also been working on a project for New Pedagogies forContinue reading “Make School Different: Think Like a Librarian”

Regions of Canada Unit

  Regions of Canadahttp://www.thinglink.com/scene/651799658980442114   The following is a list of overall expectations we covered in our unit on the Regions of Canada: Visual Arts – with Norval Morrisseau: D3. Exploring Forms and Cultural Contexts: demonstrate an understanding of a variety of art forms, styles, and techniques from the past and present, and their sociocultural andContinue reading “Regions of Canada Unit”