Finland to begin language lessons in 1st grade | New Zealand school features gardening programme | Strategies for personalising teacher coaching
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18 April 2018
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Learning and Teaching
Finland to begin language lessons in 1st grade
Finland to begin language lessons in 1st grade
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All first-grade students in Finland will start learning a foreign language beginning in 2020. Previously, students began learning a foreign language -- primarily English -- starting in the third grade.
Helsinki Times (Finland) (13 Apr.) 
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New Zealand school features gardening programme
Students at a primary school in New Zealand are learning about food and science through an environmental science programme. Teacher Mandy Veza says the programme, which features school gardens, teaches students problem-solving skills and how to improve the environment.
Stuff (New Zealand) (16 Apr.) 
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Professional Development
Strategies for personalising teacher coaching
Strategies for personalising teacher coaching
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Teacher coaching works best when it is personalised, writes digital learning coach Annie Tremonte. In this commentary, she shares several strategies she has used in her role to assist new and veteran teachers.
EdSurge (13 Apr.) 
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Turn controversial topics into class discussions
It is crucial that teachers acknowledge students' backgrounds and realities when approaching tough, and potentially controversial, topics and situations. So, what do you do when a tough topic comes up and how can it become a meaningful learning opportunity? Read more for tips and ideas.
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Leadership and Governance
PISA to measure global competence
PISA to measure global competence
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The Programme for International Student Assessment for the first time will measure global competence this year. In this commentary, Andreas Schleicher of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development describes the new focus area and how schools might cover the subject in teaching and learning.
Australian Teacher Magazine online (16 Apr.) 
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Technology
Teacher uses digital tools for collaboration
Teacher uses digital tools for collaboration
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Digital tools can help educators collaborate within a school or across the globe, writes Kyleen Gray, a teacher in a rural part of Ontario, Canada. In this blog post, Gray shares how she uses tools such as Google Docs and Slides documents.
Edutopia online (13 Apr.) 
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Interest Area Spotlight
Canada school adds Filipino bilingual programme
Canada school adds Filipino bilingual programme
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A school district in Canada is launching a Filipino bilingual programme in an elementary school. Believed to be a first in the country, the programme is registering kindergarten to third-grade students with a curriculum split between English and Filipino languages.
CBC News (Canada) (16 Apr.) 
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ECIS News
#ECISPE18 -- a smashing success
Last week's Annual ECIS PE conference was a spectacular 30th birthday and also celebration helping to make "Teachers teaching Teachers" a great success. You can catch up on the exciting workshops, the collective learning and great community vibe that was enjoyed by PhysEd teachers in Dusseldorf recently - watch the ECISPE18 highlights. Don't miss out on future events and the chance to be a part of this incredible, buzzing community. You can follow on Twitter and join their Facebook group now.
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