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INSIDE: Nov/Dec 2013
The Cree population is one of the fastest growing and youngest in Quebec. This highlights the need for teachers specialized in teaching in Aboriginal communities. In one such community, the Cree Nation of Mistissini in the James Bay region of Quebec, teacher Van Ferrier had an idea.
Many math lessons follow a very traditional format that is not conducive to learning. Here’s how I see one unfolding.
A Math Fair provides an opportunity for primary children to practise their math skills by engaging in math games and puzzles with their intermediate student buddies.
Every minute of every day, elementary school teachers face the demands of managing a class: How can I make recess run more smoothly? How do I stop Tyler from constantly blurting out answers? How can I prevent Jaden from having a meltdown today? However, most teachers receive little training or professional development in classroom management, and learn how to manage their classes largely through trial and error and informal hallway chats with colleagues.
With a constant stream of articles pointing to the alarming statistics of sedentary and other unhealthy lifestyle choices in our society, a consistent focus remains upon students, and for good reason. However, during the hectic school year, it is easy to find ourselves preaching the good word about increasing physical activity levels when we have difficulty living up to our own advice.
International Human Rights Day: December 10
On December 10th, human rights supporters across Canada and in 80 countries around the world will rally to write letters, send petitions, tweet, celebrate and campaign on some of the most pressing issues in human rights. Last year, over 1.8 million messages were sent asking governments to respect the rights of people and communities at risk. You can participate in this inspiring day of action at home, by joining a local event, or by organizing a Write for Rights event at your school. All letter-writing materials and resources are available on the website: writeathon.ca. If you'd like to join other people at a public Write for Rights event, check out the Community Events Listing and look for an event near you.
World’s Best Wildlife Images of 2013 at the Royal BC Museum
The Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition has returned to the Royal BC Museum from the Natural History Museum, London and BBC Worldwide. The exhibition features 100 images, in huge, backlit displays, selected from a field of just under 43,000 international entries. This year’s photos take viewers on a journey around the world with thought provoking images from Kenya, the Philippines, Brazil and Thailand. From BC and the Pacific Northwest are images that feature landscapes in all seasons and intimate close ups of the animals that live within them. Activities for younger visitors include a Young Photographers Contest (February 8 – March 25); a Spring Break Nature Photography Day Camp (March 11 – 13, March 18 – 20) and Wonder Sunday: Sounds of Nature (March 30). Programs for adults include Robert Bateman on "Paying Attention to our Place Through Art and Photography" (January 15) and a Photography Day Camp for Grown-Ups (March 15). The exhibition closes April 6, 2014.
"Zoned" Comic Book Contest
Your students are invited to write a comic book story pitch on the theme of ways to prevent/stop bullying, especially in schools. The winning pitch will have the comic drawn and produced by Marvel Entertainment and the author will be featured as a key character. The contest is open to anyone worldwide who is age 13 or over. Groups, classrooms and organizations are also welcome to submit an entry. The new Marvel comic will be released at the Royal Winter Agricultural Fair 2014 in Toronto. Entry deadline is April 15, 2014. For more information, see the contest rules here: greenzonemovement.com/contests/zoned/
Sommet des Tablettistes
Ever since they were introduced, tablets, phablets, smart phones and other such devices have been raising questions about their impact on children. Groupe Média TFO, Ontario’s publicly-owned French educational media outlet, has dubbed early adopters of this touchscreen technology “les tablettistes.” TFO will be hosting a bilingual one-day conference for educators, policy makers and technology leaders to discuss this technology’s impact on children in the classroom and beyond. The tablettistes Conference will be held on Monday, December 9th, from 8 am to 4.30 pm, at York University’s Glendon College in Toronto. tablettistes.ca
It’s An Honour!
It’s An Honour!, a new travelling exhibit about the Canadian Honours System, is now making its way across the country. Over the next two years, it will journey to schools, community centres and special events to connect with visitors of all ages. Mounted in a specially designed 1,000 square foot vehicle, the exhibit showcases stories of great Canadians who have been recognized for their extraordinary achievements with national honours such as the Order of Canada, Decorations for Bravery and Military Valour Decorations. Featuring interpretative panels, multimedia elements and artifacts, the exhibit provides an opportunity to learn more about these honours through an interactive experience. For more information, visit www.gg.ca/HonoursExhibit and follow @HonoursExhibit on Facebook and Twitter.
Toyota Earth Day Scholarship Recipients
The Toyota Earth Day Scholarship Program was established by Earth Day Canada, with financial support from Toyota Canada Foundation, to reward and encourage environmental commitment and action among students. This scholarship is presented to graduating high school and Cégep students entering their first year of post-secondary education. The 2013 winners' profiles can be seen here. http://www.earthday.ca/scholarship/winners.php
Team Canada Wins Big at Worldwide Science Fair
Canadian students have brought home 25 awards from the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, AZ. These include “Best of” category award winners from Zeyu Liu of Calgary, AB and Jessie MacAlpine of Woodstock, ON. Eighteen high school students selected from across the country represented Canada at the world’s largest pre-college science fair in May: the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Canadian students won the following top honours: Zeyu Liu (Calgary, AB) Best of Category Award Winner for Engineering, Electrical and Mechanical: $5,000 and Jessie MacAlpine (Woodstock, ON): Best of Category Award Winner for Medicine and Health Sciences: $5,000. 23 additional awards were presented to Canadian students. societyforscience.org
See other materials available such as: presentation packages for students that include complete PowerPoint slides, speaking notes and class discussion topics; a video that speaks to teens and tweens that covers the key privacy topics kids need to consider when sharing information online; a tip sheet for parents that offers 12 practical tips for parents interested in discussing privacy with their kids here .
Buddy System for Grade One Students
The Billy Brings his Buddies program is a part of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection’s Kids in the Know interactive child personal safety program for students from Kindergarten to Grade Nine. The Billy initiative is for Grade One students, and includes a website billybuddy.ca where parents and educators can access an online storybook, interactive games and other activities to help them teach young children about the buddy system. Teachers can also download a free copy of the Billy Brings his Buddies Grade One Teacher Kit, which includes a lesson plan and poster for the classroom as well as at-home activities to send home to parents to complete with their child.
Digital Literacy Tutorials for Alberta Students
Alberta Education has licensed MyWorld: A digital literacy tutorial for secondary students for all secondary schools in the province. The interactive tutorial – developed by Media Awareness Network (MNet) – offers students simulations of popular online sites to teach them about cyberbullying, hate speech, online marketing ploys and privacy protection. MyWorld also contains information on authenticating online information, reputation management, dealing with online relationships and ethical use of the Internet. MyWorld builds on an existing licence agreementAlberta has for MNet’s complementary resource for elementary students Passport to the Internet. For more information on MyWorld, visit http://www.media-awareness.ca/english/catalogue/products/descriptions/myworld.cfm.
Stop A Bully
This program, developed by a teacher in B.C., allows any student in Canada to submit a bully report directly to school officials by choosing the "Make A Report" option on the stopabully.ca website. Schools can let students know that this service is available to them, and if the staff wishes to implement the program fully, the school can join and pay a membership fee that covers the costs of the program. www.stopabully.ca.
The Kids Development Society, featured in the May 2010 issue of Canadian Teacher Magazine, has launched a new website that provides information about Rick and Adrianne's work to benefit families and communities in Southeast Asia. www.kidsdevelopmentsociety.org.
The Story of Food
USC Canada's new short, animated film will get you thinking about our broken food system. It identifies what's gone wrong, and what we can do to rebuild it. Watch it here.
Canadian School Calendar
The Canadian Education Association prepares a school calendar each year,
which is free online, download here.
The School Calendar provides all opening and closing dates for primary
and secondary schools in every Canadian province and territory.
Awards for Canadian
A number of national and provincial/territorial awards are given
to Canadian teachers each year to recognize their outstanding dedication
or innovative contributions to the field of education. For more
information see the "Other
Teaching Awards" link on the Prime Minister's Awards website.
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