What's New

*Change of School ?*

July 18th, 2014

Please inform us if you move to a different school or if you wish your current delivery school to be different. We must update our courier locations manually in order to ensure you get your material at the school you prefer.

Use trcentre@queensu.ca OR 613 533 6901

*Booking for Sept 2014*

June 19th, 2014

Advanced booking of TRC material for Sept 2014 will be available on:
Thursday, June 26th at 9 am

Contact the TRC Circ Desk at (613) 533 6901 if you have any problems booking successfully.

*Summer Hours Begin May 5*

April 14th, 2014

Please note that Sat, April 26th, will be the LAST Saturday the TRC will be open.
Summer Hours in effect Mon, May 5th – Fri, Aug 29th

Monday – Friday : 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
If you would like to consult with TRC Librarian outside of these hours, contact peggy.lunn@queensu.ca

Got a BIG IDEA ?

March 26th, 2014

Inquiry;the basis of new Ontario curriculum.  This approach requires RESOURCES.  The TRC has many resources, in many formats, that allow students to pursue research about the content areas within curriculum that are of most interest.  Books, films, posters,models, kits… bring an assortment of items into your classroom and let the BIG IDEAS flow !

*March Break Hours*

March 3rd, 2014

Please note the following service hours during March Break:

CLOSED :   Saturday March 8th

Mon March 10 – Friday March 14
8:30 am  - 4:30 pm

Saturday March 15th
12 noon – 5 pm

*NEW* Strands for January !

January 7th, 2014

You know you’ve missed it ! Check out STRANDS to see the TRC Librarian’s resource suggestion lists supporting Global Issues / Global Communities.

Strands – Jan 2014 – Ontario goes Global

January 7th, 2014

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 !

Elementary Resources

Intermediate/Secondary Resources

Holiday Hours

December 9th, 2013

Here are the Teacher Resource Centre hours for the holidays:

Dec. 16-23   Mon – Fri 8:30-4:30

Dec. 24   8:30 – Noon

CLOSED – Saturdays Dec. 14th & 21st

Dec. 25th – Jan. 1st  inclusive

Regular hours resume Jan. 2nd, 2014

We are open Saturday Jan. 4, 2014

Happy Holidays!

Seasonal Celebrations? We can help !

December 5th, 2013

December brings many celebrations: Winter Solstice, Advent & Christmas, Hanukkah, Bodhi Day, & Hogmannay… Inclusive schools welcome all to share their traditions with others and Ontario Social Studies curriculum includes this content. The TRC has many resources to help you share Canada’s many Family and Community Traditions stemming from Communities : Past and Present

First Nations, Métis, Inuit (FNMI)

November 25th, 2013

Need help finding contemporary FNMI resources ? The TRC has what you are looking for : legends, music, readers, fiction, non-fiction texts, posters, graphic novels, artifact kits…. YES, in French too !

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