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Singapore Math in Britain: U.K. Looks to Asian Textbooks to Raise Standards, Test Scores in 8,000 Schools

The 74 Million – Laura Fay

“The United Kingdom is betting on Asian-style textbooks and strategies to raise its math scores. The British government has set aside about $54 million to help 8,000 elementary schools adopt the mastery approach to mathematics used in Singapore, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. The money will be used for textbooks and teacher training in about half the elementary schools in the country.”(more)

Solving Real-World Problems Is Key to Ed Tech Success

Ed Tech Magazine – Meghan Bogardus Cortez

“As more classrooms are becoming one-to-one tech environments, schools are looking for more active ways for students to engage with classroom technology. One such way to do this is through problem-based learning, where students must use technology to find a solution. “Project- and problem-based learning are not new approaches, but technology today has allowed students and educators to tackle real challenges as part of the learning experience,” says CoSN CEO Keith Krueger in a press release for the CoSN guide for problem-based learning.”(more)

Americans Agree: High Standards, Skills Training Are Keys to Success

Real Clear Education – Jack Markell

“As the world becomes more globalized and the nature of work changes, an increasing number of jobs will require both a strong basis in academics and a technical skill set. But right now, too many of our young people aren’t able to fill those jobs. The unemployment rate for Americans between the ages of 16 and 24 is nearly twice the national average. This is unacceptable. We need our students to be prepared with strong academics and skill sets to be qualified for these opportunities. America agrees.”(more)

More emphasis needed on foreign language for young students

The Exponent Telegram – John Miller

“Educators in West Virginia believe that an early start in teaching students a foreign language can have multiple benefits not only for the student, but for the state’s economy. The bottom line: Teaching a second language early — we’re talking kindergarten through middle school — is something our country and our state should take more seriously.”(more)

Developmental Language Disorder: The most common childhood condition you’ve never heard of

The Guardian – Courtenay Norbury

“Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) is diagnosed when children fail to acquire their own language for no obvious reason. This results in children who have difficulty understanding what people say to them, and struggle to articulate their ideas and feelings. Recent research has shown that, on average, 2 children in every class of 30 will experience DLD severe enough to hinder academic progress.”(more)

6 Reasons Why Singapore Math Might Just Be the Better Way

The 74 Million – Mark Keierleber

“Since the 1980s, schools in Singapore have taken an innovative approach to teaching elementary math — a curriculum that focuses on problem solving with pictures and diagrams. Before the switch, the country’s math students “weren’t even registering on the charts as far as international ratings go,” says Dan Brillon, director of Singapore Math Inc., a company that distributes Singaporean math textbooks in the United States.”(more)

Children of today are better at delaying gratification than previous generations

The British Psychological Society – Christian Jarrett

“If you believed the copious alarmist commentary in the newspapers, you’d fear for the future of our species. Today’s children, we’re told, are more hyperactive and technology addicted than ever before. They’ve lost any ability to sit still, instead craving constant stimulation from digital devices and exhausted parents.”(more)

Children Need Close Pals, Not Popularity

The Wall Street Journal – Jennifer Breheny Wallace

“Chasing after popularity can be stressful for children—and for their parents. A growing body of research suggests that they should give a different focus to their social energies. Having intimate friendships, it turns out, brings more long-term benefits, such as higher self-esteem and lower levels of anxiety and depression.”(more)

K-12 Accreditation’s Next Move

Education Next – Jennifer Oldham

“The current generation of American public-school students has grown up in the era of centralized, standardized data. Anyone curious about how local schools were doing could look at pass rates on annual exams in math and reading, the foundation of federally mandated, test-based accountability.”(more)

4 reasons data is crucial for personalized learning

E-School News – Laura Ascione

“Data provides a fuller picture of students’ performance with information such as participation, assessments, and growth on skills over time. Having this greater understanding of students’ strengths and where they need to grow equips students to have more ownership over their learning.”(more)