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Why Emotions Are Integral to Learning

KQED News Mind/Shift – Mary Helen Immordino-Yang

“Teachers intuitively know that neither their nor their students’ learning is steady and constant, the same day in and day out and moment to moment, consistent from topic to topic. Rather, we all have good and bad days; moments of excitement, engagement, and inspiration and moments of disappointment, disengagement, and frustration; afternoons just before vacation and mornings just after; some skills and topics that we find interesting and some that we don’t. These differences influence how children learn and how teachers teach; they even affect what students know at a given time. In short, learning is dynamic, social, and context dependent because emotions are, and emotions form a critical piece of how, what, when, and why people think, remember, and learn.”(more)

Learning new language spreads tolerance

The Gulf News – Staff Writer

” Dubai: Learning a new language means adding a ‘new brain’, according to Loay Al Shareef, Saudi presenter, who was speaking at the ‘14 Mins For Good’ session titled ‘The humanitarian dimension of languages’ at the Arab Media Forum (AMF). Learning a new language spreads tolerance among people, as it helps understand how other people think, he added. Al Shareef advised AMF delegates on the best way to learn a new language. “A key to learn anything is to make it fun. Why not make what entertains us teach us,” he said.”(more)

Know the Surprising Reason Children Should Be Proficient In Reading Before Reaching Third Grade

The Parent Herald – Abbie Kraft

“Research reveals that one of the best ways to teach a child to read and write is to use their creativity. There are several methods to enhance the child’s reading and writing skills, but letting them speak in complete sentences boost their performance. According to NPR’s report, letting the child speak in complete sentences boost their verbal communication skills. As children learn more words, it is easier for them to read and write. One study highlighted the importance of reading proficiency and how it will affect their long-term education. The study published in The Annie E. Casey Foundation mentioned that by third grade should already be proficient when it comes to reading. It was emphasized that the child that would not be able to read fluently by the time she’d reach third grade would be most likely to drop out by high school.”(more)

Four ways to make teacher evaluations meaningful

The Hechinger Report – Ross Wiener and Danielle M. Gonzales

“Teacher evaluation can be a lightning rod issue that elicits strong opinions, fierce debate and high-profile media coverage. But these conversations tend to overshadow the primary purpose of evaluation: to act as a single — albeit important — part of a robust system for supporting educators’ growth. Now, as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) takes effect and provides states with more discretion over education policy, leaders have a prime opportunity to re-examine what’s working and what can be improved to build and strengthen teacher evaluation systems that deliver on this core purpose.”(more)

Is Rushdie right about rote learning? Is Rushdie right about rote learning?

The Guardian – Homa Khaleeli

“What can you recite by heart? Your times tables? German verb formations? The Lord’s Prayer? Salman Rushdie thinks it should be poetry. Speaking at the Hay Festival, the novelist described memorising poems as a “lost art” that “enriches your relationship with language”. But doesn’t learning poetry by rote make children learn the words but lose the meaning? Not necessarily, according to David Whitley, a senior lecturer at Cambridge University currently researching poetry and memory. He says that, while some people remember with horror having to recite poems in front of an audience, for many, learning poetry by heart can be “life-enhancing”. Whitely, whose Poetry and Memory project surveyed almost 500 people, says: “Those who memorised poems had a more personal relationship [with the poem] – they loved it for the sound and meaning, but it also connected with their life currents – people they loved, or a time that was important to them.”(more)

Reading Aloud Can Help Bridge Gaps in Language Learning

The Liberty Voice – Gichele Cocrelle

“Reading aloud is a universal concept. It is one of the essential tools used both with and by children to enable them to learn a language as they are developing not only reading skills, but comprehension abilities as well. Many child development professionals have expressed how important reading aloud is for children to develop the capability to speak. Unfortunately, as people age, reading aloud becomes much less frequent. However, the same skills that helps one learn a language as a child can help bridge gaps in learning a foreign language later in life.”(more)