Explore Ecuador

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Language of Life: Five ways to reignite your child’s language learning

The State – Angela Jackson

“I have had several mothers ask how to keep their children interested in the target language they are learning once the novelty wears off and they are just digging in their heels, refusing to speak in the second language. I reassure moms that this resistance is part of the language-learning journey. A language is not learned overnight: it takes years to develop a high proficiency. If I use myself as an example, high proficiency has become a life-long pursuit.”(more)

Why science education matters

The Suffolk News Herald – Staff Writer

“Sponsored by Virginia Association of Science Teachers, this yearly educational event helps science teachers get new ideas to enhance their teaching, while they experience cutting-edge technology and earn recertification points or extra college credits.”(more)

Rise of Twitter and Facebook ‘makes it impossible for parents to send naughty children to their bedroom’

The Telegraph – Graeme Paton

“Parents can no longer punish naughty children by sending them to their bedroom because of the rise of Twitter and Facebook, according to a leading private school headmistress.”(more)

Studies Examine U.S. Meals In Schools

The Huffington Post – Andrew M. Seaman

“(Reuters Health) – School meals may be beneficial to students and be better in nutritional quality than meals brought from home, suggests two new studies looking at U.S. students.”(more)

It Takes a Community to Educate a Student

The Huffington Post – Jane Carlin and Barb Macke

“As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, it is a good opportunity to reflect upon our careers in higher education. We can’t think of a single other profession that provides the opportunity to learn something new every day while at the same time impacting the future of so many.”(more)

Companies Promote STEM Through Collaboration, Connecting STEM to Real Life

U.S. News – Amy Golod

“The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics Spring 2014 report, “STEM 101: Intro to Tomorrow’s Jobs,” states that jobs in occupations related to STEM are projected to increase to more than 9 million between 2012 and 2022, resulting in growth of approximately 1 million more jobs over 2012 employment levels.”(more)

Rust: Some gains, but Illinois education failing students

Pantagraph – Derek Beigh

“State Farm Chairman and CEO Ed Rust had some harsh words for state education leaders on Monday. “We are failing in our promise to deliver a quality education for the children across Illinois, and it’s having devastating impacts,” said Rust.”(more)

Common Core State Standards will improve student success: Guest column

NJ.com – Dr. Raymond Yannuzzi and Dr. Thomas Isekenegbe

“Recently, teachers from throughout our state are gathered in Atlantic City for the New Jersey Education Association’s annual convention. They were networking, learning from their colleagues and celebrating all they do to educate and inspire our youth.”(more)

Charter school enrollment in Oregon hits new high, 5 percent of public school students

Oregon Live – Betsy Hammond

“Enrollment in Oregon charter schools set a new record last year, with fully 5 percent of Oregon public school students enrolled in one of the state’s many and varied charter schools.”(more)

Monday, November 24, 2014

NEW LANGUAGES RE-WIRE BRAINS OF ALL AGES

Futurity – Victoria Indivero

“Li and colleagues studied 39 native English speakers’ brains over a six-week period as half of the participants learned Chinese vocabulary. Of the subjects learning the new vocabulary, those who were more successful in attaining the information showed a more connected brain network than both the less successful participants and those who did not learn the new vocabulary.”(more)