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08 January 2013  
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • UK teachers: How to help students set goals in the new year
    Educators in the United Kingdom suggest in this blog post ways teachers can help students make positive resolutions for 2013. The blog post offers various resources to help students reflect on their achievements in the previous year and turn their attention to what they hope to accomplish this year. Top resolutions could involve eating healthy, working on social issues and enhancing cooperation. Resources are offered for the crafting of whole-class resolutions, such as no shouting. The Guardian (London)/Teacher Network Blog (07 Jan.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ireland expands students' access to free online resource
    Students in Ireland have had access to the online edition of Encyclopaedia Britannica at school for about three years, and now officials have announced they soon will begin offering free access to the resource at home as well. Education and Skills Minister Ruairi Quinn said the option will give students enhanced flexibility, allowing them to learn at their own pace. Silicon Republic (Ireland) (07 Jan.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Professional Leadership 
  • Teacher in Pakistan takes up cause of female education
    Despite a recently passed law requiring compulsory education for all children in Pakistan, many challenges reportedly exist regarding the education of girls in the country. One female teacher, called Chand Bibi, is working to give girls and women opportunities by operating a school that offers lessons in reading, writing, the Koran, math and sewing. Chand says she is working with limited resources in an area that is still evolving in its position on the education of women. (06 Jan.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Regional Spotlight 
ASCD Worldwide Edition SmartBrief highlights education practices and policies in specific regions to give readers more in-depth insight into that country or region's education system. This edition focuses on the United Arab Emirates.

  • Teacher training a focus as UAE schools reopen
    Schools in the United Arab Emirates marked in different ways the reopening of schools for the year's second term. At one school that has adopted a Finnish method of instruction, teachers prepared for professional development in interactive learning methods. Training for teachers at the school also includes a focus on "differential instruction methods." The National (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) (07 Jan.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • UAE maintains traditions in digital classrooms
    The adoption of more classroom technology, such as iPads, in the United Arab Emirates is not expected to eliminate traditional resources, such as pencils and books, said Dr Najla Al Naqbi, programme manager for eLearning at Abu Dhabi Education Council, or Adec. She said the reality is different from the public's perception of the move toward 21st-century instruction. The National (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) (08 Jan.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Reform and Research 
  • Educators debate merit pay for teachers in England
    Officials in England have proposed the introduction of performance-based pay for teachers. However, the National Association of Head Teachers and Association of School and College Leaders, while offering some support for the plan, have noted that it could result in pay raises for some and reductions for others. The success of such a system, they said, depends, in part, on professional development and sensitivity. The Guardian (London) (07 Jan.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Some UK schools test effects of free universal breakfast
    In response to reports of hungry students in schools, a council in England has approved a three-month pilot programme in which all students in Blackpool schools will receive free breakfasts. The program will be open to all students -- regardless of their families' income -- and will include cereal, fruit and other items. Educators say they believe the programme will lead to higher academic achievement among students. BBC (07 Jan.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ASCD News 
  • Three ways game-based learning can be a helpful tool
    "We can use games in the classroom to not only leverage engagement but also to align games to instructional principles," writes educator Andrew K. Miller. In a guest Inservice post, he explains how games can be used to assess progress, engage kids, and create deeper learning experiences. Miller also points to a variety of games that educators may want to consider. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dan Meyer on real-world math
    How does Dan Meyer make learning math enjoyable and interesting? He makes math problems "irresistible" to students, "so they have to know the answer." With the help of a camera, a tripod, and some creativity, he achieves this goal by taking students' interest and layering math on top of it. In an ASCD Express video, Meyer shares several engaging scenarios that he's recorded for his class. Watch. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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