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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Globalisation is putting language learning firmly on the agenda

The Northern Echo – Barry Nelson

” Mastering a second, or even a third or fourth, language can lead to exciting career opportunities and make school leavers and graduates stand out to prospective employers, particularly those with an eye on global markets.” (more)

How a child’s language development can be helped by hand movements: Gesticulating makes words ‘easier to understand’

The Daily Mail – Jonathan O’Callaghan

“Spontaneously moving your hands to illustrate a point can help boost a child’s language development, researchers say.” (more)

Children need to master an essential skill: friendship

The Star – Helen Branswell

“Studies have shown good friendships convey a range of health benefits, with positive effects on mental and physical health and longevity. So learning how to make friends is a critical skill.” (more)

Readers absorb less on Kindles than on paper, study finds

The Guardian – Alison Flood

“A new study which found that readers using a Kindle were “significantly” worse than paperback readers at recalling when events occurred in a mystery story is part of major new Europe-wide research looking at the impact of digitisation on the reading experience.” (more)

Notebooks And Pencils And Pens, Cha-Ching!

NPR – Aly Seidel

“Millions of families are heading to Target or Wal-Mart this month to make sure their kids have what they need for the first day of school. And, as many parents know, those glue sticks and gym clothes can really add up.” (more)

Common Core awareness skyrockets

E-School News – Laura Devaney

“Public awareness of the Common Core State Standards has skyrocketed, increasing from 38 percent to 81 percent in just one year, according to the 46th annual PDK/Gallup Poll on the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools.” (more)

Education, Education, Education and the Role We Play in Its Unfolding

The Huffington Post – David Scott Clegg

“If we are walking this planet, breathing life into our lungs with each new breath, then we are playing the dual role of educator and the educated. Teacher and student — with preferably a greater emphasis on the latter to be more effective in the former.” (more)

18 Tips for New Teachers

The Huffington Post – Greg Schwanbeck

“In late August, the pleasure of summer relaxation begins to overlap with the excitement of a new school year. It’s a wonderful time to be a teacher. While trying to catch my last wave or last fish of the summer, I begin a mental routine that energizes me and prepares me for the next ten months of teaching and learning.” (more)

L.A. Unified teachers decry new student tracking system

The L.A. Times – Stephen Ceasar

“Los Angeles Unified spent about $112 million on an online student tracking program a decade ago but dumped it two years ago in favor of another one that promised a streamlined way to manage enrollment, attendance and grades for the nation’s second-largest school district.” (more)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

COLUMN-Maths and science are increasingly critical to career success: Kemp

Reuters – John Kemp

“More than 30 of the 50 best-paid occupations in the United States require graduate or postgraduate training in STEM subjects, including medical sciences, according to pay data collected by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as part of its annual survey of Occupational Employment and Wages.” (more)