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New history journal recommended…

AllAboutHistoryIssueNo6 History facts, famous people, war and inventions – All About History Magazine. All About History is the exciting new world history magazine from the makers of
How It Works. It’s on sale now at all good newsagents, supermarkets, book stores. 

Thanks @bookfin

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Walrus magazine- now on display



Time for Bed

Your kids aren’t sleeping enough—and neither are you


Emily Carr’s British Columbia

An unsettling journey through the archives

Visual Essay


In 1884, the ban on the potlatch ceremony struck an additional blow, crippling an important mechanism for the consolidation of community and identity, and for the transmission of knowledge, property, and clan entitlements. Finally, as the twentieth century dawned, the landscape was increasingly ravaged by industrial logging practices. No longer was the natural world honoured as the seat of identity and spiritual connection, as it had been for millennia. Rather, it was aggressively reframed as a commodity, with Indigenous people struggling to find an equitable footing within the new economy. That struggle continues today.( Milroy)

When Elizabeth was three, social and emotional lags became apparent. “Alarm bells were starting to go off,” says Claire. She and Elizabeth began seeing an infant psychiatrist in Burnaby. The problem was a lack of sleep, but she had developed other behavioural issues that were more worrying. Elizabeth had several different diagnoses, including anxiety, a developmental coordination disorder, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. (Children with chronic sleep deprivation are often misdiagnosed with ADHD, as both conditions result in distracted, frenetic, and grumpy kids.) The ADHD medication exacerbated Elizabeth’s difficulties, making it even harder to fall asleep. In addition, she developed a facial tic, and her emotions ricocheted up and down. When she told her mother, “My brain is crying,” the family….(Ashenburg)


Ashenburg, K. (2015, May 1). Time for Bed. Retrieved April 22, 2015, < >

Milroy, S. (2015, May 1). Emily Carr’s British Columbia. Retrieved April 22, 2015, < >

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Overtime- pulling books

Overtime- pulling books for an art project- Comparative Civilization. We forgot how awesome the art book collection was. Despite fabulous online galleries, virtual exhibits and databases, a set of great print material engages students with content immediately. We have best of both worlds. 🙂


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KSS Library hosting connected teacher workshops

Some teacher directed Professional Development at Kelowna Secondary School.  The KSS Library is sponsoring and guiding some workshops for faculty. The sessions will include brief demonstrations and exemplars of connected teachers and conclude with discussion and Q/A.  Small group or individual instruction and collaboration follows as requested later in the term. All workshops are in the Joseph Boyden Learning Commons. Breakfast served in advance 🙂


Workshop sessions for KSS teachers.
APRIL 22, 3:30-4:30pm
Social Media for Teachers
APRIL 23 3:30-4:30pm
Twitter for Professionals
APRIL 29 7:45-8:45am
Managing Resources

Connected Learning: using social media for instruction and assessment.

  • A) Social Media for teachers
    • Blogging for teachers- as a web page, discussion or PD platform
    • Blogging with students- as a writing and production platform
    • Twitter as teaching tool
    • Twitter for professional development

  • B) Online Multimedia

    • Streaming video options
    • Managing YouTube or other video

  • C) Curating print and online resources
    • Curating and evaluating resources
    • Using Annotated Works Cited tools for instruction, inquiry, and assessment
    • Social Bookmarking with Diigo,
    • Dropbox, and/or GoogleDocs as curating platform

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The cure for childhood obesity parents will hate

The editorial says schools should make exercise the norm by ensuring that mandatory physical education classes in elementary and high school.  But it’s not enough to have physical education.  It says physical education classes need to be long enough and vigorous enough to meet recommended activity levels and not just token nods to exercise.  It adds that schools need to cut sitting time by getting kids moving in class with short exercise breaks and what’s called kinetic learning.  (Goldman, CBC)

Goldman, Dr. Brian. “The Cure for Childhood Obesity Parents Will Hate – Blog | White Coat, Black Art with Dr. Brian Goldman | CBC Radio.” CBCnews. CBC/Radio Canada, 30 Mar. 2015. Web. 30 Mar. 2015. <;.

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“A terrific wellness program for educators”… Register


Living With Balance For Teachers

The Central Okanagan Teachers’ Association is hosting a “wellness/vitality program” called “Living with Balance”.  The BCTF Health and Wellness Program and School District #23 co-sponsor this program to allow teachers to attend this workshop free of charge.
Week One: Overview and Objectives
•   Education, self-evaluation, and examining the importance of maintaining life-style balance.
Week Two: Personal Well-being
•   Discussing the importance of nutrition, exercise, sleep, and managing symptoms of low mood, anxiety, stress, good boundaries and managing conflict.
Week Three: Skill Building
•   Learning strategies that increase awareness of factors that contribute to fluctuations in mood as well as methods to manage them.
•   Review proven techniques used to improve self-esteem and self-confidence, manage stress and low mood.
Week Four: Work-life Balance
•   Defining what work-life balance means to each of us and what happens when our roles collide.  Having good boundaries is often attributed to having clear values.
•    Discuss how to be intentional, creative and assertive when you need to be.
Week Five: Setting Goals
•   A goal is the destination of what you want to achieve. Your goals are often based on your core values.
•   We will explore how to define your core values and how to find clarity and motivation to achieve them.
Week Six: Building Resiliency and Vitality
•     Learning the importance of social connections and community in building long-term wellness.  Understanding that social isolation is a significant health risk factor.
•     We will review the necessary interpersonal skills needed to build and sustain long-term relationships that will enhance your vitality and resiliency.
DATES:  Wednesday, January 21 to Wednesday, February 25
(2 hours once a week for 6 weeks)
TIME:         4:15 to 6:15 p.m.
PLACE:        COTA Office
#210-1751 Harvey Avenue
To register, please go on line to complete the registration form.  For further information please call Robin Gabert at 250-859-1819 or e-mail at

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Interwar Years- Project

The Interwar Years- 1920’s-1930’s

References:  and

During the World wars and Interwar Years Canada experienced economic gain, more freedom for women and new technological advancements.

During the war, the woman’s suffrage movement gained support. The provinces began extending voting rights to women in 1916, and women were finally allowed to vote in federal elections in 1918. Canada was also faced with the return of thousands of soldiers, with few jobs waiting for them at home. They also brought back with them the Spanish Flu, which killed over 50 000 people by 1919, almost the same number that had been killed in the war.

Crowd gathered outside old City Hall during the Winnipeg General Strike, June 21, 1919

The move from a wartime to a peacetime economy, combined with the unwillingness of returned soldiers to accept pre-war working conditions, led to another crisis.

Resources to try:

KSS Library online> Databases> EBSCO or eLibrary …

KSS Library online> Reference> Canadian Ecyclopedia or Canadian Discovery Portal ….

Poverty Stricken

Poverty -Dorothea Lange.  California

Poverty -Dorothea Lange. California

During the Great Depression thousands of families left their homes in the ‘dust bowl’ of the Midwest, where they could no longer make a living through agriculture, and headed to California where they hoped to find employment and build a better future. Many of them found that the situation in California was little better than at home and found work hard to come by, although the New Deal work creation schemes offered some opportunities for relieving unemployment. The tale of one migrant family during the Great Depression was immortalized by John Steinbeck in his novel The Grapes of Wrath.( eLibrary, History Study)

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A Flapper’s Life


‘Flappers’ were women who cut their hair short, wore short skirts and make-up, and went out dancing to jazz music. These young women felt themselves to be part of a newly-emancipated generation, rebelling against the Victorian values of their parents and enjoying new social freedoms. They defied the conventions of what had been acceptable behaviour for a woman, smoking cigarettes and driving cars. The image of the ‘flapper’ symbolised these new morals and freedom for women in the 1920s.( eLibrary, History Study )

Image © Getty Images

Some information on the twenties in Canada can be found in the following video)
Watch the following from approximately 4:48 to7:13 (it says not available in Canada, but the description looks apt. Perhaps you can work around the unavailability and gain access somehow?)
Image gallery: (this isn’t a video, but it includes relevant images)
National Film Board of Canada (does talk about the difficulties incurred right after the Great War, but it later goes into the twenties; check around 12:00)
2-part video (focus on the cultural aspect – consumerism, innovations, entertainment, etc.)
A podcast about the “noise” of the twenties (again, something to bring a different perspective to the students’ understanding):
Another one that focuses on the twenties culture:


“The Great Depression, 1929-1939.” History Study Centre. ProQuest LLC. 2010.
Web. 27 Nov. 2014 < > … a study
unit set…

“Canada in the World Wars and Interwar Years.” Wikipedia., n.d.
Web. 27 Nov. 2014. <

Half Way to Ottawa. Access Learning. 2014. Access Learning. 27 November 2014 <;

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2015 CBC Massey Lecturer will be Margaret MacMillan -CBC

MacMillan is an expert on World War I and frequently lectures on the subject in conferences around the world.(CBC)

CBC is proud to announce that the 2015 CBC Massey Lecturer will be Margaret MacMillan, historian and renowned author of the international bestsellers The War that Ended Peace, Nixon in China, and Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World, which won the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Samuel Johnson Prize.

Massey Lectures

Massey Lectures

MacMillan’s lectures will be about the roles individual men and women have played in history. She says, “I want to make a highly personal selection of those historical figures, women and men, who stand out for me and explain why; how they fit in their times and how they reflected prevailing values and attitudes, and where, like Luther or Marx, they challenged and changed them. I’m interested in personality traits and emotions, and among other things I’ll be looking at such things as curiosity, daring, ambition, vision, stubbornness and integrity. I’m interested in great rulers, elected leaders and generals, whose personalities and decisions made a difference in history, and in writers, explorers and thinkers whose voices also speak to us across the centuries.’


“Margaret MacMillan 2015 CBC Massey.” CBCnews. CBC/Radio Canada, 4 Aug. 2014. Web. 21 Nov. 2014. <;.

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Beyond Five-Paragraphs

Firstly, I’m a teacher-librarian not an English teacher. I don’t pretend to be an expert in either craft.  I’m commenting to support the thesis in Kimberly Hill Campbell’s article of Education Leadership ‘Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay’. Years of research indicate the model isn’t a wonderful writing aide. So why are we still fighting it’s implementation in 2014?  Our school has mostly moved away from it in favour of other writing devices. As a librarian the outcome and eventual writing or production exercise does influence your course of action.


“The five-paragraph essay format often puts students’ thinking in a box.  Ther’s a better way.”(Hill Campbell)

Many of colleagues have embraced a comprehensive inquiry model or PBL which starts with students generating big questions  not simply completing a  topic outline that fits 5 paragraphs or three boxes.  It’s valuable to emphasize organizational skills but in 2014 its finding personal meaning and filtering content within issues that is vital. Writing becomes a form of affirmation. Their writing is driven first by research and then by a deeper level of thinking.  Hill Campbell says, “developing an authoritative voice’. She claims the organization actually comes after the purpose of writing is generated- after the inquiry.  She discusses the virtues of not establishing predetermined formula of size or shape but let the student’s position statement and evidence dictate the organization and writing needs. I like her assessment.  Check her article out.




Hill Campbell, Kimberly. “BEYOND The Five-Paragraph ESSAY.” Educational Leadership 71.7 (2014): 60-65. Canadian Reference Centre. Web. 14 Apr. 2014.< >



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Celebrate Shakespeare on His 450th Birthday: Seven Ideas for Teaching and Learning

macbeth_cummingAlan Cumming plays Lady Macbeth in a scene from a reimagining of Shakespeare’s tragedy “Macbeth.”
In honor of the Bard’s 450th birthday this month, and the surplus of Shakespeare in theaters as a result, we’ve revamped our main resource page, Teaching Shakespeare With The New York Times.

Lessons Resource Page>



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