Welcome to STRANDS ….March 30th, 2012
Since taking over the role of Librarian at the Queen’s Teacher Resource Centre in 2011, I came to realize that despite the diversity of our user community, namely; the Queen’s Faculty of Education, the Limestone District School Board (LDSB) and the Algonquin & Lakeshore Catholic District School Board (ALCDSB), there were commonalities in the concerns and questions being raised.
Whether a teacher candidate in the Queen’s B.Ed program, Faculty of Education researcher, elementary, intermediate, or secondary teacher, teacher librarian, school administrator, or board curriculum officer, universally agreed upon is the importance of staying current with contemporary understandings of literacy – reading, writing, numerical, financial, emotional & social, global, digital, informational, media and critical - and then finding the resources to support their integration into curriculum content.
Then, once that conversation begins, the many subtopics start emerging: engaging reluctant readers, ADHD learners, ESL learners, IEPs, gifted learners, the commercialization of learning materials, the hyper-gender identification of children’s and YA reading material, diversity within First Nations representations, how to incorporate technology in a meaningful way, French language instruction vs teaching in French immersion environments, finding time/ways to incorporate reading across the curriculum, contemporary Canadian content ….. to name only a FEW ! PHEW !!
STRANDS will, hopefully, provide a forum for the TRC’s community of users to turn to for ideas as well as showcase the resources that will allow these discussions to shift into useful, real world applications to real world classrooms : YOURS !
I invite your feedback, comments and contributions to any and all postings, and I look forward to sharing knowledge about the many STRANDS of literacy with all of you.
With warmest regards,
Teacher and TRC Librarian