From the United Nations: “The International Day of Families is observed on the 15th of May every year.This year’s observance focuses on the role of families and family-oriented policies in promoting education and overall well-being of their members. In particular, the Day is to raise awareness of the role of families in promoting early childhood education and lifelong learning opportunities for children and youth.” READ MORE
February 26 to March 4 is Freedom to Read Week in Canada.
What do Harry Potter, The Diary of Anne Frank, To Kill a Mockingbird and The Bible have in common? Some groups have attempted to ban these books, from schools, or libraries, or bookshops, in Canada. Find out more: freedomtoread.ca
Freedom to Read Week in Canada in 2017 is February 26 to March 4
Find out more. Visit freedomtoread.ca
New non-fiction titles at your school library:
Read during SSR. Expect students to have a book, be silent, be respectful of others, and read. Model that. Show them that reading isn’t something we just talk about. Reading is something we really do.
“…teachers who grade papers or balance their checkbooks during SSR are also sending their students a powerful message–a message that time set aside to read isn’t important. It’s true that we often have to model a positive behavior ten, twenty, thirty times before we see it begin to take hold in adolescents. But it’s also true that if we model a bad behavior once, they learn it immediately. I remind myself of this prior to every SSR period– that as a teacher I am more influential as a model than my students will ever let on. If I talk the talk, I need to walk the walk.”
“One way to undermine an SSR program is for the teacher to grade papers, work on the computer, and answer phone calls.”
Use SSR time to show the students what engaged readers do. Read alongside the students. Expect them to be silent and immerse themselves in their reading. Model reading for the students. Mentor them as readers.
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The father of the Dewey Decimal System was born on this day in 1851. To learn more about the life of this influential librarian, reformer and educator, click here.