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Experiential learning centre opens at Indian international school
Kodaikanal International School in southern India is opening its new experiential learning centre to middle and high school students. The students will spend four months conducting environmental research at the outdoor campus while learning about farming, climate change and local flora and fauna. The Times of India (22 Sep.)
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Students in England begin to tackle computer-coding skills early
English teachers are developing their own lessons around computer programming for students as young as age 5 as part of the new national curriculum. Current challenges include bringing teachers up to speed on how to teach the subject and increasing awareness among parents. The Guardian (London) (22 Sep.)
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Educators who deliver professional development to their peers should look at themselves as "facilitators" to guide learning rather than an "expert" on the subject matter, transformational leadership coach Elena Aguilar writes in this blog post. This tip is among 10 she shares on planning and conducting professional development, including giving ample time for practicing new skills. Edutopia.org/Professional Development blog (18 Sep.)
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Teachers in England complain about response to student misbehaviour
Headteachers in England are being asked to do more to quell bad behaviour in classrooms after a survey by the watchdog group Ofsted found many teachers dissatisfied with leaders' response to disruptions. The Department for Education says it is committed to improving the situation by relaxing detention rules and giving headteachers final say in expulsions. The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (21 Sep.)
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Australian school fuses mindfulness techniques with photography
Grade nine students at Brisbane Grammar School in Australia are learning about mindfulness -- a method to limit distraction and improve focus -- through the use of outdoor photography. In this opinion piece, teacher Matt Smith shares how the programme provides students with added time for self-reflection and a chance to see things from a different perspective. EducationHQ/Australian Teacher Magazine (22 Sep.)
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About 4,000 students homeschooled in UAE, but regulation is scant
Homeschooling in Dubai is largely unregulated, according to the Knowledge and Human Development Authority. About 4,000 students have signed up for homeschooling, but the authority says many expatriate students are learning at home, too. One parent says the government advises expatriate families to follow their home country's education rules for homeschooled children. The National (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) (21 Sep.)
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