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Click HERE to download WW Newsletter #99

Note that since publishing this article in April 2020, I was contacted by the environmentally focused company 'Sofar Ocean" which was keen to link our work together. You will see that the 'yellow box' at the side which pointed to workshops that are now over with information about this collaboration I hope to foster. 

One of the things that this company focuses on is finding ways to collect better data on the climate of oceans around the world. You can see a video explaining that HERE. I hope to get more information about ways that students/schools might collaborate with this company in mutually beneficial ways -- with benefits for our planet. For now, I hope people explore the new information in this revised newsletter. I will update this post if/when we get more information. With luck we can use the comment section to share any new learning about othography and/or the planet and work to reduce the effects of our climate crisis as time goes on!

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I am posting this Newsletter from a hotel in Hobart, Tasmania in Australia on January 27, 2020.  I travelled here for a series of workshops starting in Hobart and moving on to Canberra, then back to Melbourne. I arrived as the catastrophic climate change-fueled fires were still raging across the continent. Luckily, Tasmania has been much less affected.

As I prepared to travel from Canada, I became determined to find a way to address this issue. The result is the Newsletter linked above (see  screenshot of the first page below). Like much of the world, I've been inspired by teen activist Greta Thunberg, and decided to use the text of a  speech she gave in Davos last year as the context for a bank of orthographic investigations. I have picked a number of words from that speech and created resources that educators can draw from not only to make sense of key orthographic conventions, but more importantly, to see how we can deepen our understanding of the wise words from this young world leader. It is also a means of illustrating how SWI can be used as a means of deepening understanding of any content area.

As I explain in the introduction to the document, I do not expect that anyone would attempt to use each of the offerings of orthogaphic inquiry with students. It is a larger document than usual -- but that is simply to offer a wide variety of options for people to choose from. Some are short launching pads, some are far more involved. Some investigations are very basic in terms of orthographic information, some probably require a fair bit of orthographic knowledge to work with. I hope the reader just explores and picks what they find useful for them and their students at any given time. I hope people share questions and their own discoveries on the comments.