Primary (K-3)

VIDEO! Thinking Thursdays: Encouraging Critical Thinking in Math

Thinking Thursday, an initiative of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Elementary School at the York Catholic District School Board’s school improvement plan, is a day dedicated to mathematics and mathematical thinking. Every Thursday, classes work on different open-ended math questions that promote collaborative communication, creative processes and critical thinking to problem-solve.

By |August 31st, 2018|Categories: Math|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments
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Beyond the Basics: Other Elements of an Effective IEP for Students with LDs

In Ontario, a student who has been identified as Exceptional through an IPRC must have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) developed and maintained. An IEP may also be prepared for students who require accommodations, program modifications and/or alternative programs, but who have not been identified as exceptional by an IPRC.

VIDEO: Supporting Students with LDs in a Comprehensive Math Program

This video provides viewers with the opportunity to explore how the York Region District School Board created a comprehensive math program to support and enhance the math outcomes for all students, including students with LDs that includes the environment, the learner and the learning experience.

By |July 30th, 2018|Categories: Math|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

VIDEO: Supporting Struggling Readers: How School Leaders Contribute to Effective Reading Programs

This video provides viewers with the opportunity to develop an understanding of the key role school administrators play in determining effective reading programs for students with LDs in the area of reading.

By |July 30th, 2018|Categories: Literacy|Tags: , , |0 Comments

How should I organize my classroom library to make it accessible to all students?

Why have a classroom library? Research has shown that classroom libraries improve both the reading skills and motivation of students to read (Allington, 2012; National Council of Teachers of English, 2017; Neuman, 2016). Classroom libraries provide easy access to books and the classroom library may be the main source of reading materials for children from [...]

By |July 19th, 2018|Categories: Literacy|Tags: , |0 Comments

Strategies and Structures to Support Independent Reading in Students with Learning Disabilities

Independent reading provides students with an opportunity to practice the decoding and comprehension strategies and skills learned during class time on self-selected materials.  Not only does independent reading provide additional practice time for students, but it also fosters independence (Johnson & Keire, 2010).  TeachHub (n.d.) cites independent reading as the opportunity for students to “dive [...]

By |July 6th, 2018|Categories: Literacy|Tags: , , , |0 Comments
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LEARNING MODULE: Reading 1-3: Supporting Struggling Readers

This module is intended to provide an introductory overview of the components of reading instruction in the primary years, and how to tailor instruction to meet the needs of struggling readers, some of whom may have learning disabilities (LDs). The module will present the various ways that LDs can affect reading development, and will provide guidance for educators in developing a balanced reading program that supports the needs of all learners while maintaining their motivation to read.

By |June 20th, 2018|Categories: Literacy|Tags: , |0 Comments
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Reading 1-3: Supporting Struggling Readers

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LEARNING MODULE: Supporting the Well-Being and Mental Health of Students with Learning Disabilities

This module is intended to provide a broad understanding of the relationship between learning disabilities (LDs) and mental health. Mental health will be described on a continuum, and we will explore some of the challenges that students with LDs may experience at various points along the continuum, as well as strategies that...

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LEARNING MODULE: An In-Depth Look at Executive Functions

This module is intended to provide an in-depth exploration of executive functions, as they relate to students with learning disabilities (LDs) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), at all grade levels. The eight pillars of executive functioning will be described, along with indicators and strategies for the classroom. You will gain familiarity...