We know a lot about literacy and include literacy activities in all our resources — but we don’t do as much in numeracy as we should. This week’s results from the territorial student testing program show that students in both Grades 6 and 9 struggle with math. That suggests that as an organization we should pay more attention to numeracy. Think how much numeracy there is in our everyday lives:… Read more.
You may have noticed that the NWT Literacy Council’s office was closed last Thursday and Friday. If you were wondering where we all were, read on! Last November, the NWT Literacy Council staff travelled to Calgary to receive literacy and essential skills training from Pat Salt. That training focused on exploring the many definitions of essential skills. Pat is an excellent instructor, and we all… Read more.
We judged Science and Heritage Fairs in Yellowknife this spring, as well as the Regional Fair last week. Students from grades 4-8 are assigned either a science or heritage project. I saw some well-done, informative science projects, but the heritage projects are what I really enjoyed. Students who choose to do a heritage project are encouraged to explore and share a topic connected to their own… Read more.
Literacy benefits the economy, society, and the quality of life of NWT residents. We decided that we could promote literacy by promoting all the places Yellowknifers can find free books. Well-educated citizens are better able to meet the demands of a modern economy, and are more likely to become productive, healthy, participating members of society (Office of the Auditor General of Canada, 2010… Read more.
April is National Poetry Month. For the first time I’m paying attention, due entirely to the Yellowknife Public Library poem-a-day newsletter. You don’t have to live in Yellowknife. Megan Clark will send a poem-a-day to any NWT resident. Megan, the Public Services Librarian, will send one or two poems to your email inbox each day in April. I know we all have too much email. But this is really… Read more.
Making music with young children supports overall brain development and helps develop music and language abilities. Active music invites a child to participate in and respond to the music, rather than passively listen to it. Children benefit when they hear an adult’s voice live, and are able to observe their facial expressions and movements of the mouth, tongue and breathing. This in-person… Read more.
Facilitators from five NWT communities — Ndılǫ, Fort McPherson, Fort Resolution, Hay River, and Délı̨ne  — gathered in Yellowknife recently to give feedback on the NWT Literacy Council’s Skill Builders for Youth program. The Skill Builders for Youth program is at the end of its three-year workplan, so we set aside time to do a thorough evaluation and reflect on the challenges, successes, and… Read more.
This is not a fairy story; it’s a real one — follow me, and you will understand. It seems like yesterday, but it is more than eight or nine months ago. I remember the first time when a group of ladies shared our wish to have a swimming pool for women only. It was our dream. It seemed like a big deal, but we believe that sometimes a dream may come true. I know, you are asking how does this happen… Read more.
Dr. Lisa Lunney Borden works with Mi’kmaw communities in Atlantic Canada, and is the John Jerome Paul Chair of Equity in Mathematics at St. Francis Xavier University. She believes that equity in mathematics involves identity and power: that students must be able to see themselves, their culture, and communities in their math; that they should be able to use math to tell their story. To develop… Read more.
Earlier this month the Grade 6-9 class at Chief Paul Niditchie School in Tsiigehtchic learned how to write and record an original rap song. Working with Hip Hop duo, Mob Bounce, students participated in a workshop called, “Hip Hop and a Sacred Space”. During the workshop, students created and recorded an original song called, “We are Tradition.” As the week drew to a close, Mob Bounce performed… Read more.