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Not Just for Reading Class Anymore: 5 Tips for Teaching Literacy Across Multiple Subjects

Ed Surge – Mary Jo Madda

“The very first year I taught middle school science, I found myself teaching more reading lessons than I had ever expected—and that didn’t change when I switched to a middle school math classroom two years later. Add in the fact that I had several English language learners in my class, and my lessons on mitochondria and tetrahedrons largely started with basic vocabulary and sentence flow instruction. But looking back, I shouldn’t have been surprised. It’s not just the Language Arts or Reading teacher’s sole responsibility to teach literacy. In fact, teaching literacy is connected to any and every subject—and it’s only getting more necessary as the online and offline worlds become more intertwined.”(more)

Educators Employ Strategies To Help Kids With Anxiety Return To School

NPR – Samantha Raphelson

“Your child doesn’t want to go to school. It’s a daily struggle that many parents are familiar with. But what if your child refuses to go to school? Mental health professionals and educators say what used to be considered run-of-the-mill truancy could actually be something else. Some cases of chronic absenteeism are now being called “school refusal,” which is triggered by anxiety, depression, family crises and other traumatic events. It can lead to weeks or even months of missed school days.”(more)

Embracing Chinese Language Week makes business sense

Stuff – ANUJA NADKARNI

“Learning the language is the first step for businesses that want to become China-ready, businesswoman Jo Coughlan says. China is New Zealand’s second-largest trading partner, its biggest market for export goods, a fast-growing service market and an increasingly major source of foreign investment. Coughlan heads New Zealand Chinese Language Week. During the week, it will run a social media campaign teaching five Mandarin phrases through social videos. Coughlan is also director of agribusiness Silvereye and said, as a business owner, she recognised the opportunities, challenges and complexities of the Chinese market.”(more)

Building a Sense of Community—With Math

Edutopia – Alessandra King

“It’s well known that children learn by playing and that playing has numerous cognitive benefits, including flexibility, focus, self-control, organization, and planning. Playing games may also help children develop logical, executive, and social skills. Some studies show that such benefits can come from video games, as these can strengthen a range of cognitive abilities, including visual and spatial discrimination, memory, reasoning, logic, and problem solving.”(more)

6 paths to innovation under ESSA

E-School News – Laura Ascione

“The federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is a marked departure from its much-maligned predecessor, No Child Left Behind, and it puts much more power in states’ hands. Now, a new guide is helping ensure states harness that power to prioritize innovation. Part of the challenge in sustaining innovation lies in the need for states to go beyond stacking new metrics on existing policies, according to The State Innovator’s Toolkit: A guide to successfully managing innovation under ESSA. Instead, they will have to think differently about what innovation means in their schools and how they can reimagine processes to support such progress.”(more)

Benefits of Multilingualism

The Horizon – Candace Leilani

“Colleges across the United States require students to undertake a certain amount of credits toward a foreign language. Those who take a foreign language discover that acquiring the skills to speak a second – if not third – language give a new aspect on life and what it may bring. One of the top grievances among students for their degree requirements is a foreign language credit. Degrees often require students to take up to four foreign language classes in four separate semesters, which makes it almost impossible to avoid foreign languages.”(more)