Typically, Indigenous book lists emerge annually in June – to recognize National Indigenous History Month.  But why should all of the talented, Indigenous authors on Turtle Island only be given attention for 1 month out of the year?  These books and authors should be celebrated year-round, so you’re encouraged to pick up one of these…
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Cultivating Genius – ELAN Review

Title: Cultivating Genius: An Equity Framework for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy Author: Gholdy Muhammad Publisher: Scholastic Inc. Release Date: January 1, 2020 Genre(s): Education, English Language Arts Teaching Materials, Literacy Pages: 176 Content + Trigger Warnings: n/a When someone asks you to describe the students in your school what comes to mind first? Where do…
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A Novel Approach: Alternatives to the Whole Class Novel

On the road of teacher practice, there can be certain grooves that become so well-worn they may actually become ruts.  One well-trod path has had English teachers select novels for the whole class to study together, even when they need to urge their weary students to “plough on” through classics of the literary canon because…
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Assessment Like Water

by Valerie Carnaghan “The primary purpose of assessment and evaluation is to improve student learning” Introduction The Ministry of Education’s 2010 publication Growing Success flew off educational bookshelves everywhere, surprising administrators and re-igniting a passion for their profession that many teachers had lost during the barren Harris years and their subsequently lean aftermath in Ontario schools. Maybe?…
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Intro to Twitter chats

Intro to Twitter chats Much of our work as educators occurs in the classroom, surrounded by students, bringing literature to life, helping young people to find their voices, both as writers and witnesses to the world around them. But when the bell rings, and the students file out with their binders and backpacks and our…
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