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Why Emotions Are Integral to Learning

KQED News Mind/Shift – Mary Helen Immordino-Yang

“Teachers intuitively know that neither their nor their students’ learning is steady and constant, the same day in and day out and moment to moment, consistent from topic to topic. Rather, we all have good and bad days; moments of excitement, engagement, and inspiration and moments of disappointment, disengagement, and frustration; afternoons just before vacation and mornings just after; some skills and topics that we find interesting and some that we don’t. These differences influence how children learn and how teachers teach; they even affect what students know at a given time. In short, learning is dynamic, social, and context dependent because emotions are, and emotions form a critical piece of how, what, when, and why people think, remember, and learn.”(more)

Learning new language spreads tolerance

The Gulf News – Staff Writer

” Dubai: Learning a new language means adding a ‘new brain’, according to Loay Al Shareef, Saudi presenter, who was speaking at the ‘14 Mins For Good’ session titled ‘The humanitarian dimension of languages’ at the Arab Media Forum (AMF). Learning a new language spreads tolerance among people, as it helps understand how other people think, he added. Al Shareef advised AMF delegates on the best way to learn a new language. “A key to learn anything is to make it fun. Why not make what entertains us teach us,” he said.”(more)

Know the Surprising Reason Children Should Be Proficient In Reading Before Reaching Third Grade

The Parent Herald – Abbie Kraft

“Research reveals that one of the best ways to teach a child to read and write is to use their creativity. There are several methods to enhance the child’s reading and writing skills, but letting them speak in complete sentences boost their performance. According to NPR’s report, letting the child speak in complete sentences boost their verbal communication skills. As children learn more words, it is easier for them to read and write. One study highlighted the importance of reading proficiency and how it will affect their long-term education. The study published in The Annie E. Casey Foundation mentioned that by third grade should already be proficient when it comes to reading. It was emphasized that the child that would not be able to read fluently by the time she’d reach third grade would be most likely to drop out by high school.”(more)

Four ways to make teacher evaluations meaningful

The Hechinger Report – Ross Wiener and Danielle M. Gonzales

“Teacher evaluation can be a lightning rod issue that elicits strong opinions, fierce debate and high-profile media coverage. But these conversations tend to overshadow the primary purpose of evaluation: to act as a single — albeit important — part of a robust system for supporting educators’ growth. Now, as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) takes effect and provides states with more discretion over education policy, leaders have a prime opportunity to re-examine what’s working and what can be improved to build and strengthen teacher evaluation systems that deliver on this core purpose.”(more)

Professional development should make teachers feel urgent, not small and isolated

E-School News – Sarah Brown Wessling

“Technology, collaboration, and new standards are changing the classroom at a rapid pace. Every teacher’s professional development must keep up. Like so many of us, I have been grateful throughout my life for the professionals I’ve needed to call upon for vital services and expert guidance. The surgeon who had years of residency and practice before treating me on her own. Or the lawyer, who was constantly staying abreast of federal and state regulations in order to offer me sound advice.”(more)