Homo erectus, first seen in Africa nearly 2 million years ago, invented language to communicate with others, according to Bentley University professor Daniel Everett, who shared his thesis at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Texas. Everett says Homo erectus used language for hunting, boat-building and travel by sailing, a theory that has received mixed reactions from peers.
Preschoolers and kindergartners at a Kentucky school recently explored world cultures during an event designed to increase students' knowledge. Teachers each chose a country and introduced the young learners to its customs, foods and languages.
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Virtual-reality tools could be affecting students' health, according to an ongoing study by Children and Virtual Reality. Researchers discovered some risks to students' health, including issues related to students' vision and balance.
Opening a conversation with "Can I give you some feedback," may not be the best way to begin a performance conversation, suggests Jennifer Abrams, an international education and communications consultant. She offers three tips for initiating feedback conversations that can help break down barriers in communication.
US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has released a plan for reorganizing the Department of Education. The plan includes the consolidation of the offices of postsecondary and career and technical education and the elimination of the undersecretary position.
Shifting to a global-focused curriculum can start with small changes that can affect students' learning in meaningful ways, writes Danielle Chaussee, a Spanish-language teacher at a Wisconsin high school. In this blog post, she shares five tips for promoting global education initiatives in the classroom.
New VLM and live event: Engaging All Language Learners
Language educators are challenged on a daily basis to meet the needs of all learners, which vary based on students' readiness levels, interests and learning preferences. By the end of Engaging All Language Learners, you will enhance your background knowledge around differentiated instruction, learn how to implement key strategies for responding to the needs of all students, and better reflect on your practice. Join VLM creator Leslie Grahn for a live discussion, held on Feb. 26, and receive a code to get 20% off Engaging All Language Learners.
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