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Dyscalculia refers to a wide range of life-long learning disabilities involving math. The following video is outlines some of the indicators and offers tips on what to do to help. While it was designed for parents, the video is a good introduction to dyscalculia for anyone. The Decoda Library has resources on dyscalculia, including Bird’s… Read more

Thanks for the Feedback

From the home, to school, to the workplace, we will all experience both positive and negative feedback. While the benefits of affirmative statements are obvious, criticism can be harder to receive. However, Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen, the authors of Thanks for the Feedback: the Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well suggest that negative… Read more

Fun with Twitter

Are you looking to learn more about Twitter over the summer? Have you visited Kathy Schrock’s Twitter for Teachers page? It’s full of links to tips, tricks, tools and research.

Raising Kids Who Read

The same quest comes up every summer: how do we maintain our children’s reading skills and interest level through the summer break from school? As parents and educators, how do we encourage youth to desire to read in their leisure time? Daniel T. Willingham offers some practical and easy-to-follow advice on this matter in Raising… Read more

Little Libraries in Port Alberni

What do we do with all this big data?

We are not passive consumers of data and technology. We shape the role it plays in our lives and the way we make meaning from it, but to do that, we have to pay as much attention to how we think as how we code. We have to ask questions, and hard questions, to move… Read more

Half Girl, Half Face

Designed for girls in grades 7-9, the Half Girl, Half Face workshop explores many of the online image issues teenage girls may encounter when they use digital media – particularly social networks. Suitable for both school and community settings, the resources include the Half Girl, Half Face video and a comprehensive facilitator’s guide. This MediaSmarts… Read more

10 Confusing Homonyms

Homonyms are words that sound the same but have different meanings. To further complicate matters, sometimes they are spelled the same and sometimes they are spelled differently. They are words that can create difficulties when learning or using the English language. The following infographic from Grammar.net shows some common sources of confusion. (Click the infographic… Read more

Mental Health in Early Childhood

What are the early signs of mental health problems? What does good mental health look like in a child? How do mental health impairments develop in early childhood? How do we restore stability to a child’s mental health? These questions are addressed in Early Childhood Mental Health, the latest edition in the InBrief series from… Read more

LEGO and learning

You can learn through play. You can play with LEGO. So, can you learn with LEGO? Of course you can. 12 Unexpected Ways to Use LEGO in the Classroom outlines how LEGO can be used to teach math, create or illustrate stories, practice writing, develop thinking skills, and help teach coding. Playing with LEGO can… Read more