The Thrill of Learning – May 2014

I went to an amazing Learning and The Brain Conference in New York: ¬†The Science of Smarter Minds: ¬†Teaching To Think, Create and Innovate for School and Careers. ¬†It was¬†on the same weekend as the IRA 2014 Conference. Neuroscientists came together with educators to discuss implications for classroom instruction in light of the considerable researchContinue reading “The Thrill of Learning – May 2014”

Canadian Reception at IRA Conference

Hello Canadian Colleagues Please find attached the invitation to The Canadian Reception to be held on Sunday, May 11 ¬†5:00 – 8:00 pm at La Galerie 5 (second floor), New Orleans Marriott Hotel, 555 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130.¬† Colleagues attending the 59th Annual Conference of the International Reading Association are welcome to attend.¬†Continue reading “Canadian Reception at IRA Conference”

Celebrating Literacy Learning in Meaningful Ways

Tecumseh is a large Elementary School with almost 500 students in the South Slope of Vancouver.¬† Many students speak Chinese and English, but we also have many students¬†who speak Hindi, Punjabi, Thai, Vietnamese and Spanish.¬†¬† Literacy Learning is a significant part of each day.¬† Below are a few of the examples of how students areContinue reading “Celebrating Literacy Learning in Meaningful Ways”

Blogging for Thinking…The next step

Virginia and I are continuing our inquiry project with our students, two groups of students in district gifted programs. ¬†This is the Kidpost entry given to our students to allow us to be very specific about the learning intentions of our blogging project. Blogging for Thinking Technology is a tool just like a pencil orContinue reading “Blogging for Thinking…The next step”

59th Annual IRA Conference in New Orleans

Reading…The Teachable Moment I can’t recommend attending this conference enough. ¬†It is always such a rewarding experience. ¬†Participants are friendly and eager to discuss sessions and what’s happening in their classrooms. ¬†New Orleans is an amazing host. They certainly know how to throw a party and celebrate. ¬†¬† Conference – ¬†May 10-12, 2014 Institute DayContinue reading “59th Annual IRA Conference in New Orleans”

LOMCIRA – The Chance for a Fresh Approach

LOMCIRA has always been synonymous with “committed literacy educators”.¬† Over the years, many people have come together to talk books (for old and young), kids and classroom environments.¬† Many of you may have attended meetings at Schou in Burnaby, sharing sessions at VSB schools or conferences in hotels.¬† This past year, LOMCIRA has gone intoContinue reading “LOMCIRA – The Chance for a Fresh Approach”

“Blogging” For Thinking

I have the great pleasure of working with Virginia Bowden at Tecumseh this year. ¬†Through her work with students participating in The District Gifted/Enrichment Seminars and my role as Computer prep teacher with the District MACC students, we have arrived at convergent inquiry interests. ¬†Thanks to the mentoring of Judy Halbert and Linda Kaser –Continue reading ““Blogging” For Thinking”

Rotary Works With IRA

IRA and Rotary have joined together since 2002 to promote literacy and we are mutually encouraging each other to work on literacy issues close to home and internationally‚ÄĒwhatever works for the local members. ¬†This year, the Pearson Foundation has funded two $2500 literacy awards towards literacy work that an IRA council or affiliate undertakes jointlyContinue reading “Rotary Works With IRA”

More from the SCLC – South Central Literacy Council

Mike Bowden will be going to the IRA AGM in New Orleans.¬† He will be presenting with two other colleagues on behalf of the Indigenous Peoples Special Interest Group.¬† They will be presenting a vocabulary research project they are doing within the Kamloops District in conjunction with Thompson Rivers University and Dr. Ramirez.¬† Look forContinue reading “More from the SCLC – South Central Literacy Council”

from the IRA…

Since 1956, IRA has been a nonprofit, global network of individuals and institutions committed to worldwide literacy. More than 53,000 members strong, the Association supports literacy professionals through a wide range of resources, advocacy efforts, volunteerism, and professional development activities. Our members promote high levels of literacy for all by: Improving the quality of readingContinue reading “from the IRA…”