2015-2016 NWSS Library Report

2015-2016 was an exciting school year at NWSS Library. Ms. Jones and Ms Wethered’s overarching goal for the year was to move ever closer to the Learning Commons model. While our core values remain the same – resource-based learning, information literacy, and a love of reading, our journey into the question of what is a Learning Commons quite literally took us across the Fraser River and the Salish Sea. We visited schools in Saanich and Surrey , drawing inspiration from innovative colleagues, ready to share and support our change. Thank your SD40 Innovation Grants, BC Association of Teacher Librarians and NWTU for supporting our study.

DSC_0337We implemented new technological innovations so that students could be ever more creative in how they express their learning. Ms. Wethered led students through the creation of video book trailers while Ms. Jones used green screens , coding, and computational thinking. We made steps towards creating a Maker Space as well. Students constructed homesteads for Social 10 and our volunteers upcycled the materials for future projects. Ms. Jones taught basic parallel circuits to Planning and English classes so they could “illuminate’ their thinking in various ways.

We continued to advocate for social justice and provide a safe haven inclusive of all. Global Issues Week 2016 attracted 1500 students. On a daily basis, we worked alongside our industrious volunteers and shared laughs and experiences with the Star Wars, Dr. Who, and Movie clubs. We would sincerely like to thank NWSS PAC, parent participants, and community members (Vancouver Writers Festival, NWTU) for their fine contributions towards our resources and events. There’s an open invitation for parents to come to the library and see what’s new – perhaps participate as a guest speaker? Wish list : guest speakers, Maker Space materials.

Library events:

mining presentation (26)All candidates meeting for youth: NDP, Liberal Party, Green Party
Global Issues Week Speaker Series: Justice Theatre, BC ALPHA, Sexual Health, LNG Pipeline, Earthsave, Peter Julian , MP.
Foundations program Spring Tea
Mr. H. Marsden: Exploration Geologist
Hour of Code – in English, Spanish, and Japanese
Reader’s Theatre: Colin MacKay Memorial Bursary Fundraiser
Library Olympics
3 new art murals painted by students

Author visits:

Arno Kopecky. Oil man and the sea.
Elizabeth Stewart. Blue Gold
RC Weslowski. Spoken word poet and storyteller.
Julian Legere. Actor, director, & playwright.

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Reading programs:
hyack teen read award 2015 2016Hyack Teen Read Award. Hyack Book of the Year: Sisters by Raina Teigelmeier.
Million Page Challenge
Reading Challenge


Library-sponsored clubs:
Dr. Who club
Star Wars club
Knitting club
Library volunteers
Movie club
Cultural Universe club

Collection Development:
198 Fiction books
62 Non-fiction books

Some collaborative lessons and units:

homestead forestLibrary Science. Z block – 4 credit course.
Japanese History
Blind date with a book
Computational thinking and coding
Authentic First Nations Resources
Novel Study: Blue Gold
How to make a book trailer
Student-produced Library Orientation Video
Canadian mapping and geography for ELL.
Greatest Living Canadian of the 20th century
How to illuminate your thinking using electric circuits
English: Understanding Literal vs. Figurative meaning in picturebooks
Chicago, MLA, and APA citation requirements for IB Diploma Program.


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Book review: From Master Teacher to Master Learner

From Master Teacher to Master Learner argues that  the teacher should be someone who models learning as opposed to modelling being a content expert. The teacher models learning by delving deeper into their own practice and emphasizes depth over breadth. Richardson’s “modern learning” uses technology as a tool for inquiry, and is student-led as opposed to teacher organized. The rest of the book is a toolkit of web tools and teacher dispositions meant to drive classrooms towards this modern learning environment.

The teacher as learner: computational thinking

IMG_0530Reading this book has encouraged me to continue to learn about coding. Having been given the opportunity to collaborate with Ms Cechini’s and Ms Kuo’s ELL classes, I encouraged them to learn with me about computers and technology. Since I don’t know very much about coding, I recognized this process as what Richardson calls “an equal partner in the learning.” It has been a steep learning curve, I had to confront math anxiety, and log more than 15 hours learning about computers, circuits, and innovations. However, the process has given me renewed energy for breaking new ground, I love seeing student engagement and I’ve received the unexpected gift of more family time. Mr. Jones is a software engineer and has been good about explaining the basics of computing . Our five year old listens attentively and has been my partner solving binary math problems. From Master Teacher to Master Learner is a quick read and a fine introduction to teacher development in the digital age.

Historical thinking and graphic novels

socials 10 2016 - 1Alyson King writes in “Cartooning History: Canada’s Stories in Graphic Novels that graphic narratives can increase students’ understanding of history because the genre, with its reliance on narrative, image, and dialogue, furthers the concept that history is a complex system with interrelated parts. As humans we tend to remember best through story and image, making emotional connections through colour and form, with language helping us recognize patterns of human experiences across time.  In this exercise, students from Ms. Desrochers’ Social Studies 10 class transform a linear presentation of history from their textbook into a complex interplay of image, voice, and point of view. Using the graphic novel, Louis Riel, by Chester Brown as a model, students used their creative abilities to reconstruct knowledge creating original works as a means of personal expression and understanding . Using the norms of graphic novels such as dialogue, action, and perspective, the students were able to get in the head of the characters and focus on the humanity that drive historical events.

Connection to redesigned curriculum – Social Studies 10 

Big Ideas (just a few) 

  • Developments in Canadian society can be view in many different ways depending on an individual’s worldview or perspective.

Curricular Competencies (just a few) :

  • Use Social Studies inquiry processes and skills to: ask questions; gather, interpret, and analyze ideas; and communicate findings and decisions.
  • Assess the justification for competing historical accounts after investigating points of contention, reliability of sources, and adequacy of evidence (evidence)
  • Explain different perspectives on past or present peoples, places, issues, and events by considering prevailing norms, values, worldviews, and beliefs (perspective)


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Library Highlights 2014/15

Another Great Year

The library continued to be a place of community and activity. There was an active demand for library blocks and usage  of our extended hours during lunch, before, and after school. There were two part time teacher-librarians, Ms. Jones and Ms Wethered, ready to help. As always, we play an active role helping students with research of all kinds, including our special programs such as French Immersion and IB.  We like to think of the library as the brain of the school and a safe haven inclusive of all.  In addition to supporting students, selecting, evaluating, and cataloguing print and digital resources, we also had clubs,  an array of events, and silent study periods.  We would sincerely like to thank NWSS PAC, parent participants, and community members (Megan Williams, Vancouver Writers Festival) for their fine contributions towards our collection development and events.  Feel free to click on the links to see more details about our services and events. There’s an open invitation for parents to come to the library and see what’s new – perhaps participate as a guest speaker? Wishlist for speakers : Women in sciences and maths, community activists, life after graduation.

School events:

Global Issues Week Speaker Series: Justice Theatre, BC ALPHA, MMIW,  Sexual Health, Amnesty International

Check your Head : Food Justice

Climate Reality with Dr. D. Tindall

Kinder Morgan Pipeline Expansion Project with T. Takaro & R. Walmsley

NWSS Electives Fair

Star Wars Day

Author visits:

Ranj Dhaliwal

Ashley Little

Alessandra Naccarato

Megan Williams

Reading programs:

Hyack Teen Read Award

Patron of the month

Reading Challenge

Collection Development:

236 Fiction books

79 Non-fiction books

15 Videos

Some collaborative lessons and units:

First Nations art – past and present

Framing and Inquiry – SJ 12 Research

Developing inquiry questions

Plagiarism : How to avoid it

Website evaluation: general and IB

Divergent Thinking gallery walk – SJ 12

Library orientation for new students -video

How to cite a website using EasyBib – video

Ressources en français

Teaching the Holocaust  – SS 11, History 12

How to read comics and using the document camera

IB: Citations using Chicago style

Citations using MLA style

Orientation  and advanced search techniques for online databases

First Nations of the West Coast Gallery Walk

SmartBoard interactive games and lessons

Pixton Comics for short stories

Assessing academic sources

Writing book reviews for Destiny online catalogue


Library-sponsored clubs:

Dr. Who club

Hyack Teen Read book club

Knitting club

Library volunteers

Movie club

Spanish club

Our Classes:

Ms. Wethered’s Social Studies 9 blog

Library Science student projects : Dewey Decimal ppt; Dewey Decimal quiz

Ms. Jones Spanish 11 : Metacognitive strategies for academic success

Self-assessment for oral participation

Setting language learning goals

Test-prep kit
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