Thursday, 27 December 2012
Dollar General and the American Association of School Librarians presented Cameron with a $15,000 "Beyond Words: The Dollar General School Library Relief Fund" grant check to rebuild the school's library.
Thursday, 20 December 2012
CMEC has just published PCAP-13 2007: Report on Reading Strategies and Reading Achievement, the third in a series of research projects in which the PCAP-13 2007 data set is used to examine questions of interest to educational policy-makers and practitioners in Canada. It focuses on the factors that contribute to the performance of 13-year-old Canadian students in reading.
Reading research consistently shows that high-achieving students are characterized by word-recognition and comprehension skills. The aim of employing reading strategies is to achieve fluent reading. Two essential skills in reading are: getting meaning from a written message (Carroll, 1970), and reading for remembering (Baker & Brown, 1984). Fluent reading involves understanding the meaning of a text beyond simple decoding and word recognition, which requires practice with a variety of texts (Pressley, 2006).
Reading at home contributes to overall reading competency. When schools encourage children to practise reading at home with parents, the children make significant gains in reading achievement compared to those who only practise at school (Henderson & Berla. (1994).
A major task of teaching-strategy research is to show which process factors "work." For example, Wang and Walberg (2001) set out 12 principles for "instructional effectiveness" at the teacher and classroom levels. These are:
1. supportive classroom climate where teacher functions as model and socializer;
2. opportunity to learn where most of the available time is allocated to engaging students
in curriculum-related activities;
3. curricular alignment and cohesive program to accomplish instructional goals;
4. establishing learning orientations, that is, structure to clarify intended outcomes and cue desired learning strategies;
5. coherent, connected content to facilitate meaningful learning and retention;
6. thoughtful discourse around powerful ideas;
7. practice, application, and feedback activities;
8. scaffolding students' task engagement;
9. strategy teaching, where the teacher models and instructs students in learning and self regulation
10. cooperative learning to construct understandings or help one another master skills;
11. learning goal-oriented assessment in which a variety of formal and informal assessment methods are used to monitor progress;
12. follow-through on learning-outcome achievement expectations.
Tuesday, 18 December 2012
Lessons in Learning - December 13, 2007
Series: Lessons in Learning
Authors: Canadian Council on Learning (CCL)
Collection: Research Materials
This paper summarizes recent research on parenting styles and highlights a number of programs aimed at helping parents improve their skills.
The authors explain that parenting styles can be defined along two dimensions: responsiveness, which measures how well the parent is attuned to the child; and control, or how much the parent supervises and disciplines the child and requires obedience and self-control. Those two dimensions determine whether a parent is authoritative, demonstrating high levels of both control and responsiveness; authoritarian, demonstrating a high level of control and a low level of responsiveness; permissive, demonstrating a low level of control and a high level of responsiveness; or neglectful, demonstrating low levels of both control and responsiveness.
As the child grows, authoritative parenting is linked to greater social and emotional competence, with the children of authoritative parents being good at making friends in their early years, less likely to use drugs in their teens, and emotionally stable as young adults.
Recent research suggests that parenting is not necessarily a natural skill and most parents would benefit from some degree of instruction, the authors note. In Canada, there are a number of parent-support and parent-training programs designed to help parents develop positive parenting styles and skills. More high-quality research is needed to determine how effective parenting programs are for Canadian parents in Canadian settings.
Saturday, 8 December 2012
The enchanted night started as participants walked into the library. Each child who entered the doors received a unique number printed on a golden star, which they were to keep with them throughout the evening. Once the star was in hand, participants were off to find just the right seat to listen to Garcia read two picture books to the crowd.
Once the crowd of parents and children had settled into every available nook of the library, Garcia introduced herself. Of course, the children who attend White Oak Elementary school felt like the already knew Mrs. Garcia. Well … they were WRONG!
Garcia told the crowd of her younger days, spent in the library at the school where her mother worked. The librarian at this school took the time to get to know the young Mrs. Garcia, learning her favorite genre of books, her favorite author and even her favorite characters. This particular librarian, whose name was not mentioned, helped to instill the passion Garcia has for books and reading.
After the heartfelt introduction, the reading began. A silence fell over the enchanted library as the words from "PSSSSSST! It's Me … the Bogeyman," by Barbara Park filled the air. While the title of this book may turn some off, the "Bogeyman" in this book happens to be quite hysterical and truly harmless.
Sunday, 2 December 2012
the reason that first-grader Mallory Smith, 6, chose that book from among hundreds of books on the bookmobile, which was parked outside the school's entrance. Drawings of birds are on the book's cover, and Mallory said she chose it, "Because I like birds a lot." Mallory said she'd never been on a bookmobile before and liked it.
Addie Lunn, a 7-year-old first-grader, agreed. "It's fun because you get to go and pick out books," she said
Osborn Hill students are allowed to check out one book from the school library's collection and also one book from the bookmobile until they return it to check out a new one. The bookmobile was open to kindergarten and first-graders on Tuesday and was to be open for second- and third-graders Wednesday and fourth- and fifth-graders Thursday. While the Osborn Hill library remains closed, the bookmobile will make regular visits.
Rehder said Osborn Hill, which has 519 students, is the largest elementary school in town and that it's important for students to have a wide variety of books from which to choose.
Mary Sorhus, head of children's services at Fairfield Public Library and Fairfield Woods Branch Library, agreed. "If they're able to pick out their own books, it really empowers them to read," she said.
Read more: http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Reading-on-a-roll-with-new-bookmobile-4083787.php#ixzz2DxNdCVsU
Tuesday, 20 November 2012
"Star Wars Literacy" programs for your library's support of ELL, Special Education, and Classrooms, as well as for library events, creative writing and arts projects, and more!
This webcast will feature a report on the 10-school pilot program ABDO led with elementary students and staff in a California district, using their Marvel Age comic books and graphic novels, eBooks, and teachers guides in a weeks-long "comic con" with the kids creating their own superheroes and stories based on the books.
Tune in and put on your superhero and superheroine masks and capes for this webcast - you'll be ready to defeat reluctant readers, provide super-strength support to your schools, and promote the greatest superpower of them all – reading.
To receive these funds, please log in to your Adopt a School account and go into the Admin section where you can manage your school. There will be a Payouts tab along the top where you can review how much money you have earned, and where you can download your e-gift cards.
Follow this link to gain access to your school admin.
All the best, and good luck with your fundraising!
The Adopt a School Team
Monday, 19 November 2012
In order to get our reading programs off to an exciting start, as well as mark the beginning of our school READ-IN program, we will be having a Pajama Reading Party in the Library. Instead of reading bedtime stories at home, we invite you to come and use the school library books. All students, siblings, and parents are welcome. We encourage children to wear their pajamas and bring along their favorite stuffed animal or blanket.
The evening's agenda is as follows:
6:45-7:00 pm: Parents read with their children
7:00-7:10 pm: Four reading stations will be available. Students go to ONE of the stations to listen to a bedtime story (read by one of the teachers).
7:10-7:20 pm: Students choose another reading station to attend
7:20-7:30 pm: Milk and cookies will be served to students. Cookies will be available for parents, too!
We will be supplying the milk for the children. Please complete the form below to give us an indication of the amount of milk required. We kindly ask parents to assist us by supplying cookies. If you are able to bring one dozen cookies for our Pajama Reading Party, please indicate soon the form below.
We thank you for your continued cooperation and support. We look forward to seeing you at the Pajama Reading Party.
Please complete this form and return it to your child's teacher by___________________________________
_______We will be attending the Pajama Reading Party on______________________________________________
________Number of children attending
________I can supply at least one dozen cookies
(Please send the cookies in with your child on the morning of the party.)
________Unfortunately, we are unable to attend the Pajama Reading Party.
Thursday, 15 November 2012
Grandmother Theresa Thunderchild is proud to read to her children anytime and in particular during the National Reading campaign.
Wednesday, 14 November 2012
Smallboy, Jacob: 31.9 points, Class 5C
Fraynn, Karina: 27.7 points, Class 5C
Smallboy, Kierik: 24.8 points, Class 5C
Saturday, 10 November 2012
Thursday, 8 November 2012
Fairfield Public Library will present a free "Making Math Fun for Kids: Pre K-Grade 3" program at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, in the children's program room at the main library, 1080 Old Post Road.
Elementary math tutor Jessica Curtiss will demonstrate fun math games to play with young children by using everyday materials, according to a release. Parents may bring materials home with them ready to use.
Tuesday, 6 November 2012
In recognition of National Bullying Awareness Week (November 12 – 17, 2012), we are pleased to invite you to participate in an interactive webcast about cyberbullying prevention, hosted in partnership with our Prevention of Bullying Youth Committee. Learn more about cyberbullying, Internet safety and ways to support friends and family members online.
Date: November 13, 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Attend live: Louis St. Laurent Junior/Senior High School, 11230 - 43 Avenue, Edmonton
The panel discussion will focus on:
· Defining bullying and cyberbullying and learning the signs and how children and youth can be supported;
· Learning about tools to navigate the Internet safely and how to support others affected by cyberbullying; and
· Bullying prevention resources.
We hope you will be able to join the discussion for this important event.
Dave Hancock, QC Jeff Johnson
Minister of Human Services Minister of Education
I think their examples tell us two things. The first is that the environment that kids grow up in matters a tremendous amount in their outcomes. No children in this country should have to grow up with the kind of deprivation and stress and trauma that those four kids experienced in their early years. More than anything, we need to develop a better social-support system in this country for disadvantaged children and families, one that focuses on the early years but continues through adolescence.
The second is that young people can succeed even when they do grow up in very difficult circumstances. But they can't do it alone. They need help from a committed adult, whether that's a family member, a teacher, a mentor, or a coach. I think about the kind of dedicated, compassionate, focused support that Keitha got from her mentor, Lanita Reed. That was what made a difference for her.
Monday, 5 November 2012
MediaSmarts and the Canadian Teachers' Federation (CTF) are pleased to announce "Privacy Matters" will be the theme of this year's Media Literacy Week, shining a spotlight on the privacy knowledge and skills that youth need for their online activities.
Picture Book Month is an international literacy initiative that celebrates the print picture book during the month of November.
Founder, Dianne de Las Casas (author & storyteller) storyconnection.net, and Co-Founders, Katie Davis (author/illustrator) katiedavis.com, Elizabeth O. Dulemba (author/illustrator) www.dulemba.com, Tara Lazar (author) taralazar.wordpress.com, and Wendy Martin (author/illustrator) wendymartinillustration.com, put together their worldwide connections to make this happen.
Every day in November, there is a new post from a picture book champion explaining why he/she thinks picture books are important. The world needs picture books. There's nothing like the physical page turn of a beautifully crafted picture book.
Join the celebration and party with a picture book! Enjoy a picture book with your family. Come to the library and borrow your favourite picture book or visit a book store and buy a book.