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15 August 2018
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How teachers can influence students' mental health
Teachers and other school personnel play an important role in ensuring the well-being of students and orienting them away from risky habits, according to John Auerbach, president and CEO of Trust for America's Health, and Benjamin F. Miller, chief strategy officer for Well Being Trust. In this commentary, they identify several ways that educators can help prevent student drug abuse and suicide.
District Administration magazine online (10 Aug.) 
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Teaching neuroplasticity changes mindsets
Teaching neuroplasticity changes mindsets
Teaching students about neuroplasticity can help support a growth mindset, according to analysis of 10 studies by researchers at the Laboratory for Research in Neuroeducation at the University of Montreal. Researchers reported improved motivation and discouraged stereotypes when students were taught that their brains can change and learn new things.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (07 Aug.) 
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Professional Development
Analysis considers maths training for Canadian teachers
An analysis shows a wide difference in the number of hours Canadian students training to be teachers spend learning maths, with some schools requiring only 36 hours and others requiring more than 100 hours. Some teacher programmes emphasise lessons on how to teach maths, rather than focusing on understanding the underlying concepts.
The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (tiered subscription model) (14 Aug.) 
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Leadership and Governance
British private-schools head concerned about social media
Shaun Fenton, the new leader of top private schools in Britain, calls social media "a real tragedy for our time" and warns that overexposure to it could harm students' mental health. Fenton says he backs laws that would require platform providers to create a healthier and more controlled environment for users.
The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (12 Aug.) 
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UK official mounts edtech campaign
Damian Hinds, the UK's education secretary, plans to help schools better use education technology by getting companies to develop training programmes and demonstration events at schools. Hinds also says virtual reality can help enhance student learning.
The Times (London) (tiered subscription model) (07 Aug.) 
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Interest Area Spotlight
European students outpace US peers in language
A Pew Research Center study shows that only 20% of US students in kindergarten through 12th grade learn a foreign language, compared with 90% of European students who learn at least one. Researchers say European nations have language standards that students must meet, but the US has no uniform language-study requirement.
Quartz (07 Aug.) 
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Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.
William James,
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