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13 November 2012  
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  Learning and Teaching 
  • Resources to address bullying in British classrooms
    As schools in Britain prepare to recognise Anti-Bullying Week, blogger and contributing editor Emily Drabble in this post provides several resources to help address bullying, which can cause students to be absent from or perform poorly in school. East Sussex LA has developed a game for students in primary and secondary school, which teaches anti-bullying messages through the format of "Who Wants to Be A Millionaire?" The Anti-Bullying Alliance, which coordinates the week, also has established guidelines and resources for teachers. The Guardian (London)/Teacher's blog (12 Nov.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Professional Leadership 
  • Professional development gets "flipped" at event in Canada
    Educators in Ottawa, Canada, planned to take a "flipped" approach to professional development with a recent education conference. Rather than listen to an expert talk on a preselected topic, participants of EdCamp Ottawa planned to meet in a conference room to choose topics and present ideas to each other. "It's a huge shift in the way that teachers and administrators and students and parents are really learning about the issues in education," said organiser Erin Paynter, vice principal of Elizabeth Park Public School. Ottawa Citizen (Ontario) (08 Nov.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Job action among teachers continues in Ontario
    Talks between the Ontario, Canada, government and its teachers appear stalled after government officials walked out on talks with the union. Job action already is under way, with teachers declining to fill in for each other at certain times of the day. As a result, administrators are having to fill in. At issue are matters regarding teachers' pay and working conditions. The Toronto Star (12 Nov.) 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 United Arab Emirates.

  • Should schools in Dubai prioritise PE?
    In Dubai, United Arab Emirates, a recent survey finds that some schools may not be meeting requirements for physical education. While officials in recent years have sought to increase weekly PE courses and emphasise sports in schools, it often is not prioritised, the survey found. The approach in United Arab Emirates mirrors trends seen in schools worldwide, research suggests. The National (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) (11 Nov.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • United Arab Emirates students compete in high-tech contest
    Students from 35 countries, including 19 pupils from the United Arab Emirates, competed in the recent World Robot Olympiad. Najla Al Naqbi, the Olympiad programme manager at the Abu Dhabi Education Council, said the three-day competition was designed to help teach students creative-thinking and collaboration skills. "The competition provides them with opportunities that help improve their engineering, technical, mathematical and scientific skills, as well as their international communication skills," she said. The National (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) (09 Nov.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Reform and Research 
  • Student database creation in Britain raises security concerns
    The creation of a database containing personal information about 8 million students in Britain has raised concerns over security. The data -- much of it compiled by teachers -- are part of a system created by the company Capita and being used by about 100 local authorities. The data reportedly were being compiled without parents' knowledge and now are raising concerns over the security of students' information. The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (11 Nov.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Japanese city reinstates Saturday school
    The mayor of Osaka, Japan, is reversing a decision made 10 years ago to abolish Saturday classes. Now, in an effort to reduce delinquency and improve students' achievement, five elementary schools will begin holding Saturday classes this week. The remainder of the city's elementary schools will follow suit in April. The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (12 Nov.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ASCD News 
  • The art and science of teaching with Robert Marzano
    Is your state, district, or school looking for tools and resources that support research-based school improvement? ASCD's PD In Focus professional-development application offers a video channel, guided by Robert Marzano, that shows research-based classroom practices in action. The Art and Science of Teaching channel walks viewers through how to combine the science of research-based instruction with the art of lesson planning and formative assessment. Learn more about PD In Focus channels and experts. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • What mindsets drive teacher effectiveness?
    "Teaching for learning requires adaptive mind-sets, flexibility, and persistence," explain Arthur L. Costa, Robert J. Garmston and Diane P. Zimmerman. "When focusing on teaching and learning, the dispositions of the teacher's mind are more predictive than discrete behaviors." In a co-authored ASCD Express article, they list five dispositions that they say drive effectiveness and should be enhanced. To help educators consciously activate those states of mind, Costa, Garmston and Zimmerman present questions that each educator should ask when faced with a difficult situation. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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