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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Do young people care about learning foreign languages?

The Guardian – Holly Young

“Do young people in the UK care about learning languages? With A-level entries for languages falling over the last few years and acceptances for language degrees last year dipping to the lowest in a decade the simple answer would seem to be no. Or at least, less than they previously did. This is disconcerting news for a country which is not exactly famed for its multilingualism.” (more)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Best Language for Math

The Wall Street Journal – Sue Shellenbarger

“Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Turkish use simpler number words and express math concepts more clearly than English, making it easier for small children to learn counting and arithmetic, research shows.” (more)

Friday, August 22, 2014

A Picture Of Language: The Fading Art Of Diagramming Sentences

NPR – Juana Summers

“When you think about a sentence, you usually think about words — not lines. But sentence diagramming brings geometry into grammar.” (more)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Exercise in math class? How one math teacher gets kids moving while studying

The Washington Post – Valerie Strauss

“I recently published a post titled “Why so many students can’t sit still in school today” that was very popular with readers. The piece mentioned Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder but another factor, as well: the idea expressed by pediatric occupational therapist Angela Hanscom that academic pressures in school have reduced or eliminated the time that kids have for recess, physical education or other activities that allow them to get up and move.” (more)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Bilingual parents: Talking to your child in your native language makes it easier for them to learn English

The Deseret News – Emily Hales

“Parents who worry that speaking their native language at home will disrupt their child’s ability to learn English have nothing to fear.” (more)

Monday, July 28, 2014

How to teach … grammar

The Guardian – Emily Drabble

“Do your students struggle with misplaced commas or muddled tenses? Here are the best lesson resources on teaching good grammar.” (more)

Has freshman year in college become grade 12½?

The Atlanta Journal Constitution – Maureen Downey

“Once upon a time I taught college English at a local community college, but not any more. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still on faculty and scheduled to cover three sections of freshman composition this fall. But it has become obvious to me that I am no longer teaching “college” English.” (more)

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Guest: STEM education relies on innovation from all disciplines

The Seattle Times – Mike Wierusz

“As a former engineer and current high-school teacher, STEM is a frequent buzzword in my lexicon. But, like many others, I have found myself thinking that the STEM acronym is somehow incomplete. What about art? What about English? Many other disciplines play a vital role in developing our next generation of innovators. Outside of the education world, STEM does not exist in a vacuum.” (more)

Monday, June 30, 2014

Poor progress of disadvantaged pupils a waste of talent, says Alan Milburn

The Guardians – Richard Adams

“England’s education system is wasting young talent “on an industrial scale” because of poor progress made by the brightest disadvantaged children once they leave primary school, Alan Milburn, chair of the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, said after publication of a report detailing the educational differences that emerge by the age of seven.” (more)

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Languages key to Australia’s success

ABC – Emma Sykes

“Learning more languages in Australian schools is fundamental according to experts, but are we equipped to give future students a path bilingual success?.”(more)