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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)

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)

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)

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)

How to stay involved in your child’s education

WPRI – Tracy Martin-Turgeon

“Parents are the most important teacher a child will have. Studies have shown that, parents who are involved in a child’s education benefit from higher self-esteem, perform better in school, have fewer behavioral problems and increase motivation. Parents have many opportunities to be involved in their child’s education.”(more)

Study reveals steps to kindergarten prep

E-School News – Staff Writer

“An intervention that uses music and games to help preschoolers learn self-regulation skills is helping prepare at-risk children for kindergarten, a new study from Oregon State University shows.”(more)

Teach your students the right way to Google

E-School News – Kelly Maher

“In the age of the split-second Google search, it’s more critical than ever to train students to distinguish between primary and secondary sources.”(more)