ETFO Book Clubs
ETFO Book Clubs provide a chance for our members to come together to build on
their professional knowledge and classroom practice. ETFO Book Clubs are designed
as four two-hour sessions, however the sessions can be held over a series of weeks or
consolidated into one or two half-days of professional learning. Facilitator guides are
currently available for 24 different ETFO Book Clubs!
Locals can access a range of ETFO Book Club resources online to provide professional
learning opportunities for their own members, right in their own local! Visit ETFO Book
Clubs on the ETFO website for more information.

Assessment that Informs Instruction
In this session, participants experience one way to collect
and organize the information based on the domains of child
development. The main tool for assessment in Kindergarten is
observation. Observation includes watching what children
are doing, listening to what they are saying, and interacting
to clarify and extend the learning.
Planning for Learning
Participants examine various aspects of planning through
reading scenarios and looking at models for planning and
have some time to think about plans for their professional
learning beyond the book club experience. In this session,
there is a planning focus of using a book to plan a
mathematics experience.
Latest Book Club Offerings
Thinking It Through: Teaching and
Learning in the Kindergarten
Classroom is a comprehensive
resource for kindergarten educators
who are interested in reflecting on
and improving their practice with
our youngest learners.
In this first ETFO Book Club of the
Thinking It Through book club
series, participants will dip and dive
through the resource, gaining an
overall understanding of the
supports available to them for their
Child Development and the Implications for
Educators examine the domains of child development and
discuss the implications for practice. Knowing the child and
child development will support educators in planning
developmentally appropriate programs including; room or-
ganization, activities, interactions, materials, and resources
and enable educators to advocate for what is appropriate
for our youngest learners.
Playing to Learn
Play is at the heart of a Kindergarten program. It is how
children learn and come to know the world. Kindergarten
classrooms are organized based on learning centres.
Educators discuss their role, how centres are organized,
observing and assessing students as they play, and the
materials that are available that will impact children’s
Thinking It Through ETFO Book Club features the following two-hour sessions:

The Arts –
Joyful Learning
That Informs
Health and
Physical Activity
Science and
Playing Is
Health and
Physical Activity
In Centres
Literacy and the
Young Child
Assessment That Informs
Instruction. This book club
presents educators of young
children with tools and strat-
egies that are practical for
data collection, and resist-
ing external pressures, but
also useful for planning and
communicating information to
Child Development. This
book club is focused on child
development in all of the
domains, essential for plan-
ning and assessment, and
developmentally appropri-
ate classroom practice that
will support our youngest
Playing Is Learning. This book
club is designed to support
educators in developing a
play-based program as well
as a resource to support
educators already imple-
menting play throughout their
The Arts - Joyful Learning. In
this book club, educators will
explore classroom practice
that enables young children
to imagine, interpret, and
express their ideas in new
and inventive ways through
the arts.
Thinking Mathematically. This
book club provides support
for educators in creating
the learning environment for
mathematics based on what
is known about child devel-
opment and current under-
standings about learning
Literacy and the Young Child.
In this book club a picture of
what literacy “looks like” in
the classroom today is cre-
ated. It is based on what is
known about child develop-
ment and current research in
the field.
Learning In Centres. This book
club provides practical in-
formation for the “what and
why” of learning centres. It
outlines the potential, plan-
ning and creation of learn-
ing centres, organization,
materials and opportunities
for assessment.
Science and Technology. This
book provides practical
insight into how educators
can support young children
who are naturally curious
about the world in which they
live through observation and
exploration that uses their
Introducing nine NEW ETFO Book Club facilitator guides on
early learning for your local to choose from! All available for
download from the ETFO website in September!

Latest Book Club Offering
Primarily Play: Engaging Primary
Learners through Play provides
practical tips and strategies for using
play-based learning to develop the
skills and knowledge necessary for
children to succeed in life, while
showing where play fits into the
primary classroom.
Whether a new or an experienced
teacher, this new ETFO Book Club
will stimulate discussions, and build
knowledge about how best to
prepare our primary students for
the future, playing to learn.
Building the Foundation for Play
Play is carefully planned by the classroom educator using
informed decisions based on assessment, student interest, and
curriculum connections. Educators explore the set-up of the
classroom environment to allow opportunities to extend learn-
ing through play by facilitating exploration, asking probing
questions, building social skills, and allowing inquisitive minds
to think independently.
Bringing Play from Practice into Policy
The value of play is not always seen in a positive manner.
Educators are the key to implementing change and edu-
cational reform depends on changes in values and behav-
iours. Through discussions with colleagues educators reflect,
research, and plan to take action to engage others on the
importance of play-based learning.
Play in school
Primarily Play: Engaging Primary Learners through Play
is focused on supporting the need for play in the primary
classrooms. Through collaborative discussions, participants
read and discuss about why play is important for the whole
child, the vital role of play in learning and the develop-
ment of play across the Primary Division.
Play and Curriculum
Play is a rich source and natural method of curriculum
delivery and learning for children, but it must be carefully
planned, valued, and monitored by the educator. Educators
explore play as a means of learning and their role facili-
tating play within a social environment that values play and
provides opportunities for risk-taking.
The Primarily Play Book Club features the following two-hour sessions:

ETFO Special Education
Handbook: A Practical Guide
for All Teachers. Participat-
ing in this book club will
provide teachers with prac-
tical classroom strategies
to support the learning of
students with special needs,
and will increase their
understanding of special
education in the province of
Professional Learning to Re-
shape Teaching. In this book
club teachers will engage in
discussions about their own
professional learning includ-
ing: taking charge of educa-
tional change, models and
principles of professional
learning, and the differ-
ences between professional
development and profes-
sional learning and profes-
sional learning structures.
Learning Together: A
Teacher’s Guide to Combined
Grades. This book club will
provide educators with
a framework for teach-
ing combined grades. This
resource offers practical
strategies, clearly defined
criteria, and sample tem-
plates, which support the
successful organization and
management of combined
grade classes.
Teaching for Deep Under-
standing. The goal of this
book club is to guide teach-
ers through an in-depth
examination of the collection
of theoretical and practical
writing pieces and provide
meaningful ways to discuss,
relate, and reflect upon their
application to the classroom
and the curriculum in order
to improve student achieve-
Making Math Happen in the
Primary Years. Participants
will discuss the primary
learner and how to best
meet their needs, what
an effective mathematics
program looks like, and how
to bring math to life in the
primary classroom.
Discussion about planning,
manipulatives, and basic
facts will also be included.
Making Math Happen in the
Junior Years. Participants
will discuss the junior learner
and how to best meet their
needs, how to integrate
problem-solving and com-
munication in their math pro-
gram and what an effective
mathematics program looks
like in the junior grades.
Connections to the Revised
Mathematics Curriculum will
also be explored.
I am the Teacher. This book
club will promote an under-
standing of the particular
challenges occasional teach-
ers face and examine how
and why strategies differ
from those of the full-time
teacher. Participants will
take away effective strate-
gies to implement in their
own practice.
Transformer sa pédagogie.
This book club provides
a practical and current
resource for teachers of
French as a Second Lan-
guage, Grades 4 to 6. It
will show French teachers
how they can create change
in their classrooms, and meet
the needs of their students
by implementing current
and effective teaching and
learning strategies.
Other titles in the ETFO Book
Club series...

Classroom Management that
Works. Teachers will take a
look at the critical role of class-
room management and factors
affecting student achievement.
Discussions will include the most
important components of ef-
fective classroom management
and their impact on student
engagement and achievement.
Differentiating Instruction in
the Regular Classroom: How
to Reach and Teach All Learn-
ers, Grades 3–12. This book
club will include evaluation in
a differentiated classroom,
how to manage both behavior
and work tasks, ways to get to
know your students, and how to
make instructional changes in
response to learners’ needs.
Differentiated Instructional
Strategies for Writing in the
Content Areas. Book discussions
will involve teachers in iden-
tifying how to work with the
needs of individual students so
that each student can apply
information, demonstrate
content mastery, think and
write creatively and critically,
and solve real-world problems.
Punished by Rewards. This book
club will consider the use of
rewards and how they impact
on behaviour. Through discus-
sions, teachers will become
familiar with a practical set of
strategies for teachers to move
beyond rewards towards col-
laboration, content, and choice.
Worms, Shadows and
Whirlpools. This book outlines
a new approach to teach-
ing and learning science with
young children. Participants
will explore teacher stories,
photographs and examples
of children’s work, and discuss
specific teaching strategies and
the related impact on student
The Arts go to School.
Participants will explore all
aspects of implementing and
integrating the arts into both
the curriculum and everyday
life. They will obtain the back-
ground and supports needed
to focus on learning through the
arts and effectively assessing
arts in the school.
Other titles in the ETFO Book
Club series...

• Facilitator guides for each of the 24 featured books in this flyer
• Training tips
• Templates for a book club flyer and registration form to assist the local in advertising
• Choose dates and secure the sites for each of the four sessions
• Choose a book club facilitator
• Advertise and distribute (mail or e-mail) book club registration flyer and registration form to local members and collect
fee from interested members to cover book costs*
• Provide any required AV equipment and materials (chart paper, markers, sticky notes)
• Attend each session and complete assigned homework in preparation for the next session (e.g., read appropriate
chapters for next session discussion, try different strategies, bring student artifacts)
• Submit registration form and fee*
* Some locals may elect to pay for the book cost, in which case participants would not pay any fee.
Format of ETFO Book Clubs:
• Four weekly sessions of approximately two hours in length
• Small group size of 15-20 participants
• Book club fee is the book cost*
ETFO provincial office will provide online:
ETFO local will:
Facilitator will:
Participants will:
How ETFO Book Clubs work...
Information on how to order books, their associated costs,
as well as other supports, is available on the ETFO website at

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