A reminder that the Teacher Resource Centre will be closed on Good Friday, Friday April 3rd 2015. Regular hours will resume on Monday April 6th 2015. Have a wonderful long weekend!
The TRC will be open 8:30 – 4:30 throughout the week of March Break.
We will NOT be offering evening service.
We look forward to working with all of you looking for resources.
Got a new LTO starting ? Come on in, we really do love to help !
A reminder that the Teacher Resource Centre will be closed on Family Day, Monday February the 16th. Regular hours will resume the following day. Have a wonderful long weekend!
Long standing TRC staff Susie, Amy, Rhonda & Peter have all moved to other positions within Queen’s. Their commitment to serving teachers’ needs will be continued by our *NEW* Circulation Staff members: Michael Clark & Kortney Fox.
Some of you may know Michael from his many years as a Library Technician at LCVI. Be sure to say hello and let them know who you are next time you are in.
Please note that the TRC will be open 8:30 – 4:30 for the week of Dec 15 – 19
Regular opening hours resume January 5.
Remember, you can return items when McArthur is closed using the return slot outside McArthur,
located beside the TRC outside entrance double doors.
Have a wonderful, restful holiday and see you in 2015 !
Still not using Learn 360 ? Find out what you’re missing. Educational content applicable to all Ontario curriculum as well as great tool to support real Digital Literacy skill development in students. Ask the TRC for details.
Welcome back !
The TRC will be open
Mon – Wed : 8:30 am – 7 pm
Thurs – Fri : 8:30 – 4:30 pm
Although we are no longer open on Saturdays, you are still able to drop off or pick up TRC items at the Queen’s Education Library on both Saturdays & Sundays.
Peggy is usually here after 4:30 on Thursdays & Fridays, call ahead or just knock on the door !
Due to renovation work, Duncan McArthur Hall is closed for the entire working day of Friday October 31st.
You know you’ve missed it ! Check out STRANDS to see the TRC Librarian’s resource suggestion lists supporting Global Issues / Global Communities.
Ontario’s gone Global !
Woven throughout the new Ontario Social Studies curriculum, at both the elementary and secondary levels, are Units of Study asking students and teachers to consider the voices, experiences, and realities of communities around the corner and around the world.
In Grade 2, the People and Environments Strand Unit of Study is Global communities. What does this mean for teachers trying to put together lessons ? This means that students are encouraged to consider peoples’ identities beyond geographical boundaries; that there are Christians, Buddhists, and Muslims all over the world, and right here in Kingston. This concept of community identity beyond borders also applies to many Canadian First Nations peoples; such as peoples of the Algonquin confederacy like the
Ka Nee-en Ka ( Mohawk), and the Aboriginal peoples of Australia and New Zealand.
Global communities also giving our students a chance too see how some children live in different geographic regions of the world, and that the level of material wealth experienced there does not always directly determine quality of life or happiness.
In Grade 6, students are asked to explore, identify and understand how Canada’s geopolitical and economic institutions influence how we interact with other countries through trade, and international regulatory bodies like the UN.
In Grade 7 &8, students can focus more critically on how physical geographic differences result in economic development differences and perhaps even a misuse of resources through waste or over consumption, or through a disregard of endangered species in order to combat human poverty. The vast differences in the health, wealth and access to education available to people based solely on place of birth can be explored. A great age to discuss the difference between gender equality and rights of the child that may be guaranteed in LAW, but what happens in reality is a different story !
As students move into secondary grades, the shift in study moves from exploring and awareness, to unpacking the deep, historically based complexities that make solving contemporary issues of global inequality so difficult. Asking our young adult students to think critically about the long term impact of decisions made by leaders of the past that were perhaps made without a full understanding or appreciation of culture or environmental impact, may serve to create citizens who demand that their own business and government leaders do not act in haste.
Even more exciting? The thought that their own inquiry pursuits may inspire them to become those leaders.
The Queen’s Teacher Resource Centre has many resources for teachers of any grade who are taking this exciting journey with their students around the globe and home again. Click on the link to the list at your grade level, and if you can’t find what you’re looking, contact the TRC for further resource support !