Within this section, I have listed and gave a brief description
of some of my favourite books and articles!
"The Glass Castle" a memoir about poverty and a dysfunctional family. Throughout the memoir, humor frequently imbues the work with a light-spirited tone. By the end, Jeannette has finally reconciled her past and present and no longer feels the need to hide behind lies or half-truths. The memoir liberates her and allows her to do what she enjoys most about writing; communicate with the world.
"Shattered" Ian begins to learn about the world, in which he is not prepared for. He learns about Rwanda genocide and the harsh reality of it all. It is a story about how hate evolves.
"Promoting Diversity and Social Justice: Educating People from Privileged Groups"Understanding what privilege is and how it influences us on a daily basis. Discusses the biases that occur, in which oppression is silenced.
"Mathematical mindsets: Unleashing students’ potential through creative math, inspiring messages and innovative teaching" Boaler gives insight into what a growth mindset is and the importance of it. Students need to be given the opportunities to be creative and reflect upon their learnings to succeed in math. I have a deeper understanding of how I plan to teach mathematics in the future due to this enlightening read.
"One Hundred Days of Cree" The 100 short chapters or "days" in the book present a chain of related words, some dealing with the traditional--the buffalo hunt, the seasons--and others cheekily capturing the detritus of modern life.
"They Called Me Number One" This story is about residential schools and how Irene is removed from her First Nations home and is sent off to a residential school. She soon becomes just a number and no longer a name. She has to follow strict rules and is stripped of her identity. When they return home for the summer, their parents decide to never send her and her brothers away again and as result they have to hide because this is against the law.
Sask Reads: Understanding how to evolve readers in the classroom.
"Book Walk: Works That Move Our Teaching Forward: "Speaking" the Walk, "Speaking" the Talk: Embodying Critical Pedagogy to Teach Young Adult Literature" An introduction to lenses that shape pedagogy, digging deeper into these ideas constructivism, sociocultural theory, transactional theory, critical theory. This read is all about how literature can be transformative and liberating for students.
"Essential Questions" What is an essential question? Dig into this book to find out more! Taking a question and creating a unit around the idea. It is an open-ended question, where there is no right or wrong answer, providing students with plenty of opportunities to succeed.
"Differentiated Instructional Strategies: One Size Doesn’t Fit All"provides valuable strategies, for teachers of all grades, to create a climate for learning. It provides information about getting to know the learners, assessment and how to differentiate a classroom to ensure student success. When teachers are able to put together all these strategies and resources, it meets individual needs because one size does not fit all.