If you have walked by our store front this last month, you might have seen the beautiful ‘quilt’ in our window. If you took the time to look closely, you would have noticed that each square on this quilt has been made by individual ELL students within the Saanich School District (#63).
Each English Language Learner (ELL) student within district #63 was asked to write about how people may see them from the outside. Then, they were asked how they see themselves on the inside. They took the information they wanted to share and created their own square within the quilt. The square has a variety of words scrambled together to create their own personal word collage about themselves. These squares were then all attached by paper clips to complete a beautiful display!
I think this is such a valuable lesson for, not only the students, but everyone within the local communities. What we see on the outside isn’t the full story. By interacting with different people you learn more about them, you see what they enjoy doing, how they act, and what personality traits they may have.. you cannot learn these things by somebody’s appearance. As educators we have to ask questions and build relationships to create a safe environment for learners to share, we don’t make assumptions on appearances. We have to understand that the world we live in is diverse with so much to learn from each other and what a great way to do that! We can see this model being used in so many other areas too.
- Possibly use it with individual inquiry projects on science topics.
- It could be used in the beginning of the school year to learn about each student
Just a couple ideas!
Well, well, well aren’t we excited for this book release!
Trevor Mackenzie wrote, ‘Dive Into Inquiry’, which has been a huge hit with educators at our store. Trevor was able to break down how to incorporate inquiry into your teaching in a simple, reader-friendly way! ‘Dive Into Inquiry’ allowed teachers to understand how they can teach in a more meaningful approach, while supplying students with the tools needed for the world they are growing into.
Now he has co-written a second book! He has included some information on what to expect on his blog post last week:
“…we introduce the Types of Student Inquiry, a scaffolded approach to inquiry that proposes a gradual release over learning from the teacher to the student. This scaffolding affords a ton of great benefits for both the teacher and learner. From ensuring mandated learning objectives and curricular goals are met to best preparing our students for meaningful life long learning, you’ll love this approach to inquiry!” – https://trevmackenzie.wordpress.com/
(Check out his post for more spoilers!)
If you haven’t seen the first book by Trevor Mackenzie, ‘Dive Into Inquiry’, come on down and take a peek. We always have it on our shelves.
I’ve been looking over some of our newer chapter book series. While researching a series called, ‘Here’s Hank’, I found out that the font they use in the series was created to help readers with Dyslexia (and easy to read for all children). This series is starring the same main character, Hank that is in 4th grade in the ‘Hank Zipzer’ series. This new series has gone back in time to when he was in the 2nd grade. We read about Hank and his adventures while he tries to figure out how to work with his undiagnosed learning challenge, known as dyslexia. The author of this series also has dyslexia, so I’m sure he has drawn from life experiences and difficulties he had faced as a child going through the school system.
What an amazing concept for a children’s book series! I am starting to see more and more titles that mention a wide variety of needs. Books like these help to create conversation around these topics and raise more awareness. This really is another giant step towards an inclusive learning environment for all children!
We are making a few upgrades here at School House Teaching Supplies!
First, we have been working hard this past month preparing Langford for our satellite store. Make sure you keep an eye out for our opening date coming soon!
Second, we have updated our website by highlighting more curriculum relevant materials that are sorted by grade. With all the amazing products we have in store, we don’t have enough room to get everything across on our site, make sure you pop in and take a look around. We are happy to help guide you in the right direction and answer any questions that may come up along the way!
Third, yes you guessed it. We have created a blog that we will be using to share our thoughts on new curriculum materials, picture books, games and just day to day information that we feel is worth sharing!
Let us know if there’s anything you would like featured on our blog!
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