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Creating Paths to Participation for Introverts

Edutopia – Katy Farber

“Who are you hearing from in your class? As a sixth-grade teacher, I used to encourage my students who didn’t speak up in read-aloud discussions, morning meetings, or whole class lessons. I would write comments of encouragement and cheer moments of participation. And when it came to pondering how they did on certain standards, such as “participates in class discussions about literature,” I had plenty of data to support my scores.” (more)

5 Tips for Kindergarten Pacing

Edutopia – Thomas Dittl

“When I first set out to be a kindergarten teacher, I never thought pacing would be one of my toughest challenges. But plans would change on a dime, and even though this could be exciting, it was also tough to constantly meet these changes head on. I quickly found myself feeling off track in my first year. What happened? How could my inexhaustible energy have been exhausted so quickly? Why did some routines soar and others crash and burn?” (more)

Making the Case for Music Education

Education World – Gary Hopkins

“What will it be — music or more software? In some communities, it all comes down to that question. New research, special programs, and dedicated teachers and community members are helping to make a solid case for putting music “Bach” into our schools! Once considered dispensable, music education is back on the agenda at school board meetings in many communities. Community and board members are taking a stand, fighting to reinstate music programs cut from school budgets over the last decade.” (more)

The Guardian view on mobile phones: schools are better without them

The Guardian – Editorial

“There are three kinds of damage that mobile phones can do in the playground and schools are right to tackle them. The most obvious may be the least serious: some games and apps are so overwhelmingly attractive when they first appear that unhappy children can be entirely swept away in them. Fortnite is the latest craze of this sort. Before that there were birds, variously angry and flappy. All these crazes evaporate in time and are replaced by others. The market is just too rewarding for those who get it right. On the whole, though, these problems are self-regulating. The second problem, which is not of course confined to school hours, is that social networks make bullying and cliquishness easier and perhaps more attractive. They make grownups behave like petulant teenagers and real teenagers have fewer defences against their own worst impulses. Schools are right to try to defend themselves and their pupils against such influences.” (more)

Children face mental health epidemic, say teachers

The Guardian – Denis Campbell

“Britain’s schoolchildren are suffering from an epidemic of anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts, yet barely half get the NHS treatment they need, teachers say. Almost four in five (78%) teachers have seen a pupil struggle with a mental health problem in the past year, with one in seven (14%) cases involving suicidal thoughts or behaviour.” (more)

Shaw: American foreign language education is ineffective

The Iowa State Daily – Daniel Shaw

“America is facing a serious foreign language education crisis. The reality is that American schools are failing to adequately educate American people in foreign languages. We are falling behind many other countries in terms of foreign language proficiency.” (more)