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15 November 2017
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Clay brings hands-on learning to UK schools
Clay brings hands-on learning to UK schools
Some students in the UK are using clay in the classroom to help make learning more hands on and creative. Julia Rogers, director of design at Thistley Hough, says pottery also can help remove language barriers among students because it is visual.
The Guardian (London) (14 Nov.) 
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Implementing A District-Wide Science Success
Veteran education leader Mike Dillon has helped his school district continue on a steady path of success in science. The Smithsonian’s Science and Technology Concepts program and kits, available through Carolina Biological, have ensured that an entire district maintains a culture of high academic achievement. Read the case study.
Professional Development
What do teachers do with unexpected questions?
What do teachers do with unexpected questions?
When a student asks a question and the teacher does not know the answer, then this can be a learning opportunity, asserts Ellen Watson, educational developer at the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Alberta in Canada. Her recent study captures how six high-school science and maths teachers react when faced with a question they cannot answer.
Education Week Teacher (tiered subscription model) (07 Nov.) 
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Leadership and Governance
China uses child-friendly schools model
Some schools in China have adopted a child-friendly schools model with help from a UNICEF programme. Schools that participate in the Child-Friendly Schools programme prioritize social and emotional well-being.
China Daily (Beijing) (13 Nov.) 
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US universities report drop in international enrolment
US universities responding to an Open Door survey report an average 7% decline in the number of international students enroling for fall 2016. Of the roughly 2,000 responding schools, 45% reported a drop in international student enrolment this fall.
Inside Higher Ed (13 Nov.) 
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Educator: How to tap potential of video
Educator: How to tap potential of video
More educators are integrating video to support their development, asserts middle-school teacher Andrea Friend. In this blog post, she shares three ways educators can tap the potential of video, including by sharing a videotaped lesson with a colleague.
SmartBrief/Education (14 Nov.) 
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Interest Area Spotlight
Study looks at screen time, happiness
Moderate screen time, including television and video games, improved overall mental well-being, according to a survey of 120,000 15-year-olds in the UK. Researchers point out that the topic needs additional study.
Science News (08 Nov.) 
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The Language and Design of Learning, 4-7 April 2018, Hotel Palace Berlin. Call for papers: Please download & complete the proposal form here.
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