Highlighting a few new books at the Education Library…

Front Cover“This dual language book gives us an in-depth look at what is happening in diverse classrooms in Canada, and how teachers are making a difference in their students lives. More than thirty powerful vignettes take us into the hearts and minds of exemplary educators, as they share their values, convictions, wisdom and knowledge in the classroom and beyond. Truly refreshing in scope, Teachers at their Best/ Les enseignants leur meilleur is inspirational to anyone who is an educator, student or parent committed to diversity in Canada. Dr. Valles work encourages people to think outside the box – and challenge the status quo.” Google Books

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Front Cover“Using examples from both adults and children, the authors explain and describe the complex integrated network of strategies that takes place in the minds of proficient readers, strategies that struggling readers have to learn in order to construct their own reading processes. The examples and scenarios of teacher/ student interactions in this book provide a sense of how it looks and what is sounds like to teach strategic actions to struggling readers.–[book cover]” Google Books

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“Preventing Death by Lecture” shows you how to turn your listeners into learners by involving them in activities that take from 30 seconds to 5 minutes – short, easy, fun ways to make sure your learners not only HEAR your lecture, but LEARN, REMEMBER, and USE the information you give them.” Amazon.com

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“Now in its second edition, Nature and Young Children promotes the holistic development of children by connecting them with nature. It offers advice and guidance on how to set up indoor and outdoor nature play spaces as well as encouraging environmentally responsible attitudes, values and behaviour in your early childhood setting.

Covering topics as diverse as gardening with young children, creating an accessible nature program for children with special needs and addressing cultural differences in connecting children with nature, this book reveals how important nature play can be in the development of young children.” Google Books

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The Graduate Student Society (GSS) and cIRcle Open Scholar Award is seeking submissions until March 31, 2013. 

The Open Scholar Award was launched last summer and highlights exemplary non-thesis manuscripts or graduate coursework that is submitted to cIRcle, UBC’s digital repository.

The lottery-style award is offered to twice a year, and was first awarded last October. Each award is worth $500 and is open to graduate students at UBC Vancouver.

For more information on the award, eligibility requirements or submission details, visit cIRcle’s website.



A recent article in 24 Hours Vancouver reports that Vancouver is considering having student school trustees who could bring motions forward and actually vote on them. Student trustees have been in Ontario school systems since 1997.

From the article: “Students should have the ability to introduce policy in B.C. school districts, according to Vancouver School Board chairwoman Patti Bacchus. The idea came from students initially, said Bacchus, but will need approval from the province to become reality.
The VSB is expected to submit the motion to the B.C. School Trustees Association by Feb. 22.”

Read the entire story in 24 Hours Vancouver

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