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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Genuine interest key to language learning

The Korea Times – Chung Hyun-chae

“Learning a foreign language is always challenging…However, the 11 panelists on popular TV entertainment program “Non Summit” on cable channel JTBC show that mastering a foreign language is quite attainable…the best way of mastering Korean is to have an affinity for Korea or Korean, which would naturally lead to a genuine interest in learning the language.” (more)

Can knowing a foreign language help children when studying math?

My Fox Orlando – Kimberly Wiggins

“Would math be easier for your kids if they spoke a different language? New research suggests that could be the reason behind the international math achievement gap.” (more)

Reading Is About More Than ‘Evidence’

Education Week – Mia Hood

“If we want to prepare students for college and career, let’s teach them the full range of reading required of us in college and career…Let’s teach them not only to use text as evidence to support claims, but also to let the text move, teach, frustrate, confuse, and compel them.” (more)

6 Things You MUST Know About Repaying Your Student Loans

Ed.gov – Nicole Callahan

“When it comes to repaying your federal student loans, there’s a lot to consider. By taking the time to understand the details of repayment, you can save yourself time and money. REMEMBER: You never have to pay for help with your federal student loans. If you have any questions at all, contact your servicer. They provide FREE help.” (more)

Global Dimensions of Math

Education Week – Anthony Jackson

“Every curricular area has a global dimension that can be taught in the classroom, including math…math helps us understand the world—and we use the world to understand math. The world is interconnected and math shows these connections and possibilities…The global era will demand these skills of its citizens—the education system should provide students the wherewithal to be proficient in them.” (more)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Children benefit from learning multiple languages

The Tallahassee Democrat – Ty Pittman

“Students who are educated in the U.S. typically need some type of foreign language credit in order to graduate from high school. There is beauty in learning another language and being able to communicate effectively with native speakers of that language.” (more)

Can Project-Based Learning Close Gaps in Science Education?

Mind Shift – Ingfei Chen

“Putting kids to work on meaningful projects can transform classrooms into beehives of inquiry and discovery, but relatively few rigorous studies have examined how well this teaching method actually works. An encouraging new report describes preliminary, first-year outcomes from a study of 3,000 middle school students that shows kids can, in fact, learn more in science classrooms that adopt a well-designed, project-focused curriculum.” (more)

Kids And Screen Time: Cutting Through The Static

NPR – Cory Turner

“We’ve heard the arguments, the warnings, the prescriptions. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that kids’ entertainment screen time be limited “to less than one or two hours per day.” And for kids under 2: none at all.” (more)

Blended learning and the paradox of the experienced teacher

E-School News – Peter West

“The move to blended learning can be threatening, even for good teachers. Being aware of their possible concerns is vital for those leading change in organizations.” (more)

Understanding math is the first step to learning math

The Examiner – Richard A. Carranza

“Contrary to popular belief, there is a massive body of research that indicates math is not about memorization or learning lots of rules. There is no such thing as “math people” or “nonmath people.” (more)