As promised, here is a list of books gleaned from our “Summer Reading” survey last week – some gems waiting for you.
And from our Learning Technologies Team > we wish you all a great summer of rejuvenation and relaxation with family and friends.
- Invent to Learn – Gary Stager and Sylvia Libow Martinez
- Dark Matter – Blake Crouch
- Hardwiring Happiness – Rick Hanson
- Mathematical Mindsets by Jo Boaler
- Guided Math Conferences by Laney Sammons
- The Innovator’s Mindset – George Couros (*this showed up on many lists)
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (play)
- Teach Like a Pirate – Dave Burgess
- Why Do I Need a Teacher When I’ve Got Google? – Ian Gilbert
- Fates and Furies – Lauren Groff
- The Myth of Ability – John Mighton
- What’s Math Got To Do With It – Jo Boaler
- Pax – Sara Pennypacker
- Generation Stressed – Michele Kambolis
- The Little Paris Bookshop – Nina George
- Precious Cargo – Craig Davidson
- The Others series – Anne Bishop
- Growth Mindset Pocketbook
- Kids Deserve It
- Professional Readings – mindset, rereading Math Daily3, Cafe, food
- Plants of Coast Salish, Plants of BC
- anything by Sandra Brown, James Patterson, Richard Wagamese
- A two-foot high pile of books including We are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen, some graphica and hopefully a re-read of the Outlander series
In partnership with Ron Coleborn (Math consultant), we are pleased to announce two Math softwares available for teachers to apply:
- Dreambox Learning (Math)
- Skoolbo (Math and Literacy basic skills) (Canadian version)
DreamBox is an online Math resource (K-8) intended to support personalized instruction for students from intervention to enrichment. The ongoing formative assessments within the program can align classroom practices and lessons creating a blended model of instruction. Some of our schools have been using the program in pilot and can share their stories. A small number of purchased student licenses are available. More information can be found under WEB RESOURCES > DREAMBOX LEARNING. Teachers who are interested may apply on our FORMS page.
Skoolbo (Canadian version)(K-5) is now available for those who are seeking practice in basic skills in Math or Literacy (building blocks). This is an online resource that provides a “game type” environment to hone basic skills. Create your avatar and the program can take you through the skillsets (based on a set of pre-tests). Or a teacher can assign specific content where practice is needed. This may enhance (RTI) Tier 2 and Tier 3 supports. We’ve registered all schools (elementary and secondary). More information can be found under WEB RESOURCES > SKOOLBO. Teachers who are interested may apply on our FORMS page for a class account.
Watch for a full launch in September. Perhaps I see a coordinated song and dance in the future?
Our Digital Citizenship topic for May is “Cyberbullying”. Details and conversation starters for teachers, classes, and parents are on our digital citizenship site. Head on over – it is a conversation worth having.
Don’t forget the digital citizenship contest for classes. More information is on the site.