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Critical Literacy – VIDEO

Today’s students live in the information age. They are bombarded with vast amounts of information in a variety of forms and must become critical consumers and users of information in order to be successful in school and beyond. Critical literacy allows students to be active and challenging participants as they respond to texts of all types.

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Developing Inquiring Minds

See students and teachers actively engaged in learning about learning and determined to be key players in…


Effective Instruction in Reading Comprehension

The government of Ontario has made improvement in publicly-funded education the centrepiece of its mandate. This commitment begins with improved student learning and achievement in literacy and numeracy.

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Explicit Teaching in Problem-based Mathematics

Explicit Teaching in Problem-based Mathematics offers a re-imagining of what it means to engage in “direct” instruction. Rather than a separate pedagogical approach, explicit instruction is an integral part of problem-based learning and instruction. Animation and video are used to feature educator moves that support students to “notice things they would not otherwise see.” Think uncovering. Think making visible.

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Four Resources Model

This model provides ways of examining the content of teaching and assessment to ensure all…

Code User
Meaning Maker
Text User
Text Analyzer
Rich Tasks
Home and School Connnections

High-Yield Strategies for Improving Mathematics Instruction and Student Learning – VIDEO

The purpose of this webcast is to stimulate professional learning about organizing for and improving…

High-Yield Strategies

Kindergarten Matters: Planned, Purposeful, and Playful Talk

Life as a Kindergarten teacher can sometimes be lonely and isolating! But a new style of Kindergarten network focused on improving student achievement through collaborative inquiry is bringing Kindergarten teachers together from one family of schools for both personal support and professional learning.

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Learning Mathematics Within Contexts – VIDEO

What is the purpose of understanding students’ mathematical knowledge at the start of a lesson? What is the significance of contexts for student learning of mathematics? Why is it important for teachers to solve mathematical problems that they will use during their classroom lessons?

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Literature Circles

Originally introduced on the book club model, literature circles are changing as our understanding of “text”…


Math in Action

Math in Action takes in-depth look at the teaching and learning at a Toronto school, where educators work to engage students in mathematics through real-world situations and explorations. Learn how staff identify and address the needs of their students by creating partnerships between school, home and the community.

Math in Action

Precision Teaching in the Primary Classroom

In this Grade 3 classroom, the learning environment is structured to allow students to self-assess,…

Word Sort
Inference Game
Learning Centres
Guided Reading
Students Self-Assessment
Classroom Tour

Resource Pages: Supporting the Curiosity of K-3 Educators

These pages support K-3 educators and leaders in furthering their learning about 4 specific topics: Play-and-Inquiry-based Learning, Pedagogical Documentation, Knowing your Learner in the Reading-Writing Environment and Talk in the Classroom.

Play-and-Inquiry-based Learning
Pedagogical Documentation
Knowing your Learner in the Reading-Writing Environment
Talk in the Classroom

Special Feature Webcast: Culture and Pedagogy in Ontario French-Language Schools

The aménagement linguistique policy for Ontario’s French-language schools and francophone communities was established to better serve their specific needs and those of their educational institutions, taking into account their minority setting within the province.

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Successful Practices in the Education of Black Students

To make the most of this webcast, please download and print the viewing guide found to your right.
The Context for the Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat’s LNS focus on Equity of Outcomes.
The government of Ontario has made improvement in making publicly funded education the centerpiece of its mandate. This commitment begins with improved student learning and achievement in literacy and numeracy.

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Asa Hilliard - High Expectations

Teacher Moderation: Collaborative Assessment of Student Work – VIDEO

Assessment has an impact on student learning. It influences the teacher’s instructional decisions and informs the student as to his or her strengths, needs, and next steps. Assessment is a complex process and it is challenging to ensure that assessment is fair, valid and consistent for all students. One way to work toward consistently effective assessment practices is through a process called teacher moderation.

Part 1: The Teacher Moderation Process
Part 2: Toward Improved Student Achievement
Part 3: Instructional Stategies That Meet the Needs of All Students
Part 4: Assessing the Impact and Planning Next Steps
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