These are a few of my favourites and I expect to add to them from time to time. Please let me know if you have come across particularly useful books or web sites in your travels. I would be happy to check them out and add them to these lists.
Go to the Links section for notes from the authors’ presentations and links to excellent sites on gifted children and adults.
Information on policies, publications and laws. Some publications are free to the public or parents. Some are free to teachers if ordered through the schools. Teachers can download publications and instructional videos . Other instructional DVDs will be sent free. Great if you missed the latest initiative.
Our beloved National Film Board offers the opportunity to watch its films free, on-line. This is a good way to preview films that might be suitable for your class. While the films are free for individuals, schools must take a subscription.
Statistics Canada. Stats can be very difficult and dry to learn how to use, but fascinating to read. For example, did you know that Montreal and Ottawa are both 60:40 bilingual? The difference is that in Montreal, the 60% represents the francophone population, whereas in Ottawa it represents the Anglophone population.
Stats Can is happy to share the joy with teachers. Explore the web site and look out for publications specifically aimed at schools. Math and geography classes can be a whole lot more interesting when there is real world information to discuss. There are even lesson plans.
Put the CIA to work for you. You can find the basic vital statistics for all the countries of the world here in their World Factbook. Select a country and find information on the economic, political, social and physical geography. It is important to remember the source. For example, Palestine is not recognised as a country.
For teachers whose principals are only impressed by a liberal sprinkling of jargon, here is a generator to raise a smile for those weary moments in a staff meeting or in co-creating a report.
Lots of great information about Canadian history, geography, literature, sports ….
This is the web site for the McCord Museum in Montreal. Naturally, it has its own perspective and so is an excellent complement to the Canadian Encyclopedia. The museum itself is worth a visit, too.
A website for people who problems with organisation and want to get some control over their lives. If you need to bring some order into your chaos, check it out. She addresses the issues of teachers, students and office workers, too, but her main focus is running a household in a minimum of time with a maximum effect.