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1. What teachers need to know about the brain and homework

ECIS SmartBrief | Feb 25, 2015

Understanding how students' brains work can help teachers assign engaging homework assignments, writes Judy Willis, a neurologist and former teacher. Willis writes in this blog post that after about 15 minutes of learning, students need a break in class and when doing homework. Guardian (London), The (23 Feb.)


2. 4 in 10 international schools teach England's national curriculum

ECIS SmartBrief | Feb 25, 2015

In the global education marketplace, English exams are considered the "gold standard" despite their controversial reputation in their home country. Data show that 4 of 10 international schools now teach England's national curriculum -- two times more than use its nearest competitor. Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model), The (20 Feb.)


3. UK teacher survey reveals 5 areas for improvement

ECIS SmartBrief | Feb 18, 2015

Roughly 44,000 educators in the United Kingdom weighed in last year about factors contributing to excessive workloads. This analysis of the data shines a light on five key areas: Ofsted; marking; data; lack of planning, preparation and assessment time; and meetings. Guardian (London), The (12 Feb.)


4. Research mixed on effect of private boarding school on students

ECIS SmartBrief | Feb 11, 2015

Further research is needed to determine the effect of private boarding school on students, suggests Clement de Chaisemartin, assistant professor in the economics department at the University of Warwick. In this blog post, he writes that research shows that disadvantaged students who are top performers can benefit from attending boarding school, but other students may struggle being away from their home environment. Guardian (London), The (05 Feb.)


5. UK headteacher describes decision to convert school to an academy

ECIS SmartBrief | Feb 04, 2015

A high-profile private school in the UK recently converted to a state-funded academy with the goal of reducing fees for students and expanding access to the high-quality education provided there, headteacher Hans Van Maurik Broekman said. Guardian (London), The (01 Feb.)


6. British Columbia lays groundwork for "innovation schools"

ECIS SmartBrief | Feb 04, 2015

British Columbia soon will designate select schools as "innovation schools". Educators working at the schools will test and evaluate new instructional models, including personalised instruction. Vancouver Sun (British Columbia), The (29 Jan.)


7. How do picture books affect reading instruction?

ECIS SmartBrief | Feb 11, 2015

Using picture books to teach students to read can harm development, according to a study of New Zealand students conducted by linguist Pamela Protheroe. She found that students became overly reliant on the images and had trouble understanding the words when the pictures were removed. However, government officials noted the new study contradicts previous research showing that picture books enhance students' literacy skills. Stuff (New Zealand) (09 Feb.)


8. What Australia can learn from Singapore's schools

ECIS SmartBrief | Feb 18, 2015

Singapore, a frequent top performer on the Programme for International Student Assessment, stands out, in part, because of its focus on social and ethical values in education, according to a recent study. In this commentary, Lionel Cranenburgh, a classroom teacher trainer in Australia, writes that Singapore schools instill in students a desire to give back to society. EducationHQ (11 Feb.)


9. England could convert 1 in 5 schools to academies

ECIS SmartBrief | Feb 04, 2015

England would convert thousands of struggling schools into academies under a plan to be announced by Prime Minister David Cameron as part of his party's election platform. Officials say the proposal would affect 1 in 5 schools in the country. Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model), The (02 Feb.)


10. Researchers: Images, gestures aid foreign-language learning

ECIS SmartBrief | Feb 11, 2015

Images and gestures may make learning a foreign language easier, according to a recent study. Researchers found that gestures combined with images increased language learning more than only using images. Medical News Today (09 Feb.)




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