Book Review: Taan’s Moons A Haida Moon Story

By Alison Gear Felt Illustrations by Kiki van dee Heiden with the Children of Haida Gwaii mckellar & martin Publishing Group Ltd. 2014 This book made me want to go back to the Haida Gwaii.  It is a beautiful book and a celebration of the children of the Haida Gwaii who helped to make it. Continue reading “Book Review: Taan’s Moons A Haida Moon Story”

Lit Circles Meet iPad Revisited

My grade 3/4 students were given a new assignment posted on Showbie.  I love being able to post the text and then add the voice note.  The assignment was inspired by the article “Literature Circles Go Digital” by Karen Bromley , and her several grad students at Binghamton University in New York, ” in theContinue reading “Lit Circles Meet iPad Revisited”

ABC Research Reports

My Grade 3 students in the GR 3/4 class I teach on Monday and Tuesday are doing research reports using BookCreator for The Celebration of Learning at our school. The teacher librarian in the school has created a strong collection of books on Canada at a variety of reading levels to support the high numberContinue reading “ABC Research Reports”

Book Review: If Kids Ruled the World by Div.11 Inspired by Bailey and Huyck and iPad minis

Written by Linda Bailey Illustrated by David Huyck Linda Bailey has created another fun book to engage young readers in reading and writing. Just like the Stanley series, it pulled my students into using their imagination.  Linda Bailey has played with rhyme.  We used the Draw and Tell app on the iPad minis to speculateContinue reading “Book Review: If Kids Ruled the World by Div.11 Inspired by Bailey and Huyck and iPad minis”

Student Led conferences via iMovie

Student led conferences with a twist this year.  Joanne Carlton, our VSB iMentor was fortunately available to come to the classroom to guide our learning in Division 11.  She has a considerable amount of background knowledge in literacy instruction and technology.  As luck would have it,  Zhi Su, the VSB iMovie expert was also availableContinue reading “Student Led conferences via iMovie”

Book Review: My Granny Loves HOCKEY

Written by Lori Webber Illustrations by Eliska Liska Simply Read Books 2014 Lori Weber is from Pointe-Claire, Quebec and a hockey enthusiast, as many little girls in Canada are.  In this charming book, the grand daughter is able to help her grandmother to live out her dream of playing hockey.  It’s a nice addition toContinue reading “Book Review: My Granny Loves HOCKEY”

The Vancouver Kidsbooks Experience

Vancouver Kidsbooks is the quintessential Children’s bookstore. Phyllis Simon opened her first Kidsbooks in Kitsilano in 1983.  Since then stores have followed in North Vancouver and Surrey.  The constant has been knowledgeable and friendly staff who exude enthusiasm for matching books with kids.  I became an International Reading Association member (now International Literacy Association) asContinue reading “The Vancouver Kidsbooks Experience”

PILOT – Professionals Investigating Learning Opportunities with Technology

Four teachers at Tecumseh Elementary committed to working together on PILOT. Our job was to engage in an inquiry using technology with our students. We were provided with an iPad cart with 20 iPads for class use, 3 iPads for use of Resource teachers, 5 desktop computers in the library and Apple TV. Students andContinue reading “PILOT – Professionals Investigating Learning Opportunities with Technology”

Talking Technology Tools

I am currently working with a team of teachers in my school, Tecumseh Elementary, on a Technology pilot project: PROFESSIONALS INVESTIGATING LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES WITH TECHNOLOGY. Our tools include 20 iPads for classroom use, 3 iPads for Resource teacher use, 5 desktop computers in the library and apple TV. Have we gotten over talking tools yet?Continue reading “Talking Technology Tools”

Moving Beyond Half Truths and Innuendo

In The Vancouver Sun (Jan.3,2015 page A3), Daphne Braham did an OpEd piece: “A call for a return to rationality”.   Imagine the notion of proposing the checking of facts before forming opinions.   Brilliant!  What happened to the pause button, the one that use to be hit before uninformed criticisms intended to discredit, were lobbedContinue reading “Moving Beyond Half Truths and Innuendo”