Saturday, March 8, 2008

Science, and David Ward, other odds and ends...

Keeping up a blog seems like a bit of a responsibility! What's new in the world of Later Literacy? An e-mail website to which I have recently subscribed is from Choice Literacy. Choice Literacy is a great website to which you need a membership to access articles and podcasts aimed at literacy coaches and consultants. If you see an article that interests you, do let me know, as I have a membership. The newsletter is free. Contributors include The Sisters of The Daily Five fame and Notebook Know-How's Aimee Buckner. The Sisters are tackling middle schools now so that should be interesting. The Daily Five seemed to be The Book last year, and this year Notebook Know-How has proven incredibly popular.
On the web again I found another interesting website, The National Science Teachers Association and of course I went shopping and found several intriguing books linking science and literacy as well as other great resources you can just download. Becoming a member of the website is free. Now speaking of science, in an action research project last year, Jacob Martens and Moira Ekdahl added to the library's collection of great trade books related to science. Recently Jacob's Physics 11 students did trade book reviews on line. To read some, just visit Gladstone on line and sign in as a guest!
Interested in literature circles at the high school level, Denise Clark and Liisa House have planned a great workshop on this for April 1.

Report cards and Parent-Teacher Interviews will be over, why don't you plan to come to Waverley's library April 10th to LOMCIRA's Spring Fling, Reading and Writing with Children, a presentation with writer and researcher, David Ward. Rumour has it that there will even be a glass of wine and nibblies waiting for you. David is great so check it out!

Finally I just have to give credit to staff members at Maquinna who asked to meet with Barb McBride and I to talk about how assessment can drive practice on a Friday afternoon. A great discussion and lunch! That's what I call dedication.

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