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2017 Summertime Reads from the LEARN Team

June 20, 2017 – 10:22 pm | Comments Off on 2017 Summertime Reads from the LEARN Team383 views

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.” —Dr. Seuss

Inhale, exhale summertime is here… You made it through yet another school year chalked …

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2017 Summertime Reads from the LEARN Team

June 20, 2017 – 10:22 pm | Comments Off on 2017 Summertime Reads from the LEARN Team383 views

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.” —Dr. Seuss


Inhale, exhale summertime is here… You made it through yet another school year chalked full of learning, sharing, collaborating, testing, planning, lecturing, worrying, writing, explaining, crying, making, meeting, rushing… sigh… Inhale, exhale: summertime is here. As we close the chapter on our students’ learning, another opens for our personal, and yes, selfish learning! The LEARN team wants to support you on recharging those batteries and inspiring your personal growth over the summer break… Inhale, exhale: summertime is here…


Katherine Dimas

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

An enchanting tale of a young musician’s early years as he strives to enter the famed University for the chance to study the arcane arts and “sympathy” (magic!).  After the murder of his family and their troupe of traveling performers by the mysterious Chandrian, his journey takes him from life as a traveling performer, to life in the slums and finally, to the University where he manages to begin his studies, despite being too young and too poor to enter. There is so much more to his story, and it unravels in layers of beautiful writing and an endearing cast of secondary characters.



Ben Loomer

Absolutely on Music: Conversations with Seiji Ozaw

Fun facts:  a) Haruki Murakami is my favourite author.  I try and read everything he writes.  b) I really love listening to music.  When I work and write I listen to instrumental jazz and classical music, and I’m always looking for suggestions. Murakami always peppers his books with cool musical references.  He used to own a jazz club.  c) As I write this I’m listening to Brahms Piano Concerto no.1.  Even more enjoyable now that I know a funny little story about a recording of the concert with Glenn Gould and conductor Lenny Bernstein (Seiji can call him Lenny, because he was his assistant conductor).


Rosie Himo






First Family by David Baldacci

Mayhem ensues in the Whitehouse after the President’s past secrets come to light. Great, fast-paced thriller for your summer reading.



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Michael Canuel

The Happiness Hypothesis (Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom) by Jonathan Haidt

As the deadline approaches, it is strange how philosophical issues become so important. It offers a contemporary perspective on the human condition. Easy to read with large print and only so many big words. What this means is that I can drink my Stoli and still understand what I am reading. Inverted text in photo intentional!


Julie Pare

Le Code Quebec par Jean-Marc Léger, Jacques Nantel et Pierre Duhamel

Le code Québec : Les sept différences qui font de nous un peuple unique au monde.  Qui sommes-nous? Que voulons-nous? Qu’espérons-nous? Voilà de bien grandes questions existentielles ! Après Les 36 cordes sensibles des Québécois de Jacques Bouchard en 1978, les auteurs tentent de démystifier l’« Homo quebecensis » à partir de l’étude des milliers de sondages en dévoilant les sept traits identitaires des Québécois. Bref, si vous désirez mieux comprendre le « Quebecis vulgaris » sous toutes ses coutures, Le code Québec est votre lecture de l’été!


Dianne Conrod



Untangled by Lisa Damour

I work with teenagers. I live with teenagers. Is it surprising then, that I also read about teenagers? This book was recommended to me by other moms of adolescent girls and I am grateful! It’s full of practical advice and stories about how to cope live with a teenage girl, and if/when parents need to really worry.

Looking forward to being back in my hammock soon for more summer reading!


Mary Stewart



Seven Minutes from Home: An American Daughter’s Story by Laurel Richardson

Richardson is a sociologist who has helped to transform qualitative research in important ways by making it more accessible and inclusive to wider audiences. Poetry and plain language are two ways that she has done this. In her  latest book she tells about her personal life that unfolds in the area seven minutes from her home. It’s rich scholarship told as a story. She is soo, soo bright and doesn’t use big words without a reason. I like that.



Elizabeth Alloul




The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

“Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive. . . .”



Carolyn Buteau


Love Anthony by Lisa Genova

“I’m always hearing about how my brain doesn’t work right…But it doesn’t feel broken to me.”

Lisa Genova, an American neuroscientist and author, uses her medical background to create stories about characters with neurological disorders – in this case, learn about autism through Anthony’s world. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll travel along this unforgettable journey with the protagonist. Very enlightening read! I guarantee you won’t want to put it down.



Paul Rombough

You Only Live Twice by Chase Joynt & Mike Hoolboom

Mike’s films and life marked my own 80’s experience in Toronto, and I was glad to see when his prolific career was recently awarded the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts  where he gave a powerful speech from the margins.  Then I saw that Zoe Whittall picked the book on CBC’s Canadian authors pick their favourite books of 2016 list.  She describes how the book “engages with so many interesting ideas around second lives and the possibilities that occur after major transitions” in the form of a series of letter exchanges between the two artists and survivors of a movement from one life to another.  As someone who has restarted more than a couple of times, I can’t wait to filter through their reflections and stories.


Thomas Stenzel


Maker-Centered Learning by E.P.Clapp, J. Ross, J.O.Ryan, S. Tishman

The Makerspace movement has become a hot topic over the last year across North America.  Here at LEARN, we have been involved in working with teachers, consultants and administrators, exploring how Makerspaces can work in different settings with different audiences but always trying to address the “why” of doing this.  This book by scholars from Harvard Graduate School looks at these same issues and should provide more food for thought.


Sarah Manolson



The Right to be Cold by Sheila Watt-Cloutier

I bought this book a few months ago after hearing the tail end of a dynamic radio interview with the author, but haven’t yet had the chance to pick it up. I’m hoping that in the summer days to come I will have the head and heart space to delve into this memoir by the well-known Inuit activist, which interweaves her personal story with the theme of climate change and how it poses an existential threat to a people whose culture is embedded in ice and snow.  A timely topic!




Christiane Dufour





Hag-Seed or The Tempest retold by Margaret Atwood

This book is part of the Hogarth Shakespeare project that sees Shakespeare’s works retold by acclaimed and best selling novelists of today. As much as Atwood’s A Handmaid’s Tale is dark, this retelling is a fun read that will keep you captivated, not wanting to put the book down.  I loved every line in this book.



Kristine Thibeault





Canada by Mike Myers

In honour of this amazing country’s sesquicentennial, I’m recommending a book that not only made me proud… but had me laughing out loud! Mike Myers’ literary debut is an autobiographical love letter to a nation, from a famous expat who’s heart clearly remains here. Funny and insightful stories, with plenty of great memorabilia pics. Happy 150th birthday Canada!



Christine Truesdale


Syllabus – Notes from an Accidental Professor by Lynda Barry

I’ll be re-reading Syllabus – a dense collection of notes, drawings and activities kept by cartoonist and writer Lynda Barry in her first three years of teaching “The Unthinkable Mind”, an interdisciplinary studies in the arts course at the University of Wisconsin.  The book provides concrete exercises to foster writing and drawing practice, but its richness lies in Barry’s questioning of the fundamental purpose of art. It is an inquiry into the power of representation, of creation as an innately human endeavour, not reserved for those with unique talents. It is a deep dive into art practice as a way of thinking and being – “how are our hands, images, and insight connected?” A great way to start the summer, pull out the art supplies and start filling pages with unthinkable thoughts…


Inhale… Exhale… you made it… inhale… exhale… inhal…exha…in…………

Have a great summer from the LEARN team.

Dear Prime Minister: Writing letters for World Environment Day

May 16, 2017 – 12:39 pm | One Comment | 573 views

Back in 2002, when I was teaching Secondary Three English Language Arts, then-United States President George W. Bush was trying to pull together a coalition of allies to attack Iraq for (wrongly) suspecting the country …

Gaspé Makes: STEAM challenges at Eastern Shores School Board

May 3, 2017 – 11:57 am | One Comment | 452 views

In early April, a LEARN team composed of Chris Colley and Christine Truesdale visited three schools in the Gaspé to work with students and teachers on the Makerspace idea with our Open Creative Space model. …

Young Makers: STEAM Challenges in Grade One

April 26, 2017 – 12:33 pm | One Comment | 714 views

A few weeks ago, Chris Colley and I were at Edgewater Elementary School (LBPSB) to try our hand at Making with our youngest group ever – Grade One. Since the last school year, we have …

Singing the Grade School Blues

April 19, 2017 – 9:33 am | 2 Comments | 462 views

When I was about twelve years old I was flipping through my parent’s record collection and came across B.B. King ‎– Live In Cook County Jail, an album cover faded and textured like prison denim.
From …

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April 5, 2017 – 2:33 pm | 4 Comments | 755 views

At LEARN we’ve been reflecting on how best to increase student engagement in school, as it has been closely linked with academic achievement and students’ perceptions of their ability to succeed. One of our initiatives …

Consultation pancanadienne de l’ACPI : les professionnels de l’immersion se dévoilent!

March 29, 2017 – 3:45 pm | Comments Off on Consultation pancanadienne de l’ACPI : les professionnels de l’immersion se dévoilent!541 views

Par Marie-France Gaumont, consultante responsable de l’étude pancanadienne
en collaboration avec Chantal Bourbonnais, directrice générale de l’ACPI

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Feedback Fridays with LEARN Tutoring

March 23, 2017 – 10:56 am | Comments Off on Feedback Fridays with LEARN Tutoring622 views
LEARN Tutoring Flyer

LEARN Tutoring has gone through a major transformation in the last year and a half.  Several substantial changes were made, all with the goals of improving, and having more students/families take advantage of, our service – …

The Power of Words: Dismantling the fixed mindset

February 22, 2017 – 10:34 am | One Comment | 934 views

If you believe, “It’s hard for me to learn new things,” “I’m not good with science,” “I’m not a natural dancer,” “I’m not creative,” “I’m a pessimist,” you’re probably living with a fixed mindset. Such a mindset locks your abilities in place, …

Myth busting – Teaching to discriminate fake science from real science

February 16, 2017 – 10:08 am | 13 Comments | 767 views

When I was a teenager I remember my mother, herself a research scientist at the time, advising me that it was not how much science you knew that was important. Rather it was how to …

Teacher Appreciation – Always! Every! Totally! Extraordinary!

February 10, 2017 – 8:29 am | Comments Off on Teacher Appreciation – Always! Every! Totally! Extraordinary!1,054 views

When reading report cards or rubrics, we have learned to look for the qualifiers that come before a description of the child’s work.  We know that if we see OCCASIONALLY instead of ALWAYS, the teacher …