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02 July 2014
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Learning and Teaching
Researchers find students can challenge each other to learn
Peer learning -- or working alongside older, high-performing peers -- was shown to have a positive effect on students' performances in high-risk courses, according to a review of 29 international studies. The analysis, conducted by researchers from Australia, New Zealand and Tanzania, shows that students can be positively influenced by their peers in school. Education Week (tiered subscription model)/Inside School Research blog (27 Jun.)
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India experiences surge of interest in IB
India is experiencing a surge in the number of international grade schools, such as those offering the International Baccalaureate diploma, in which the focus is on teaching to the whole child and problem-solving, not rote learning. The Times of India (30 Jun.)
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Professional Development
Former Canadian educator suggests alternatives to teacher tenure
Carol Hunter, a retired principal from Canada, writes in this blog post that Canada does not offer teacher tenure in public school, and offers 10 alternatives to the contentious debate in the US about tenure. She suggests that districts work with teachers' unions to develop ways to ensure effective teachers are in classrooms, empower principals and fund schools on a differentiated scale based on the needs of students. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (24 Jun.)
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Leadership and Governance
France looks to train teachers in gender equality
Officials in France are experimenting with how best to approach gender stereotyping in schools. Despite some resistance to parts of the plan, teachers will undergo gender-equality training and the "ABCD of equality" scheme will be expanded from primary schools to include nursery schools and secondary schools. The Independent (London) (tiered subscription model) (30 Jun.)
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Technology
3D printing takes off in China's classrooms
3D printing is taking off in China, including in classrooms, where last year a middle school in Beijing offered a course in which students were taught how to use the high-tech printers. Officials say the course was popular, but there are some hurdles to using the technology in China, such as the lack of open-source websites that offer information in Chinese. China Daily (Beijing) (29 Jun.)
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Interest Area Spotlight
Educator: Why it's important to establish dialogue with students
Having an open dialogue with students has helped improve teaching skills, asserts Rory Gallagher, a teacher in the UK. It happened to Gallagher, who shares in this blog post some ways he seeks feedback from students and uses structured questions to get more useful answers. The Guardian (London)/Teacher Network blog (29 Jun.)
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ESL and Mother Tongue Committee seeks new membership
The ECIS ESL and MT Committee is looking for highly qualified educators both teachers and administrators who are involved in pioneering ESL and Mother Tongue programmes to join us. We encourage applicants to also have a mother tongue different than English or to be at least fluent in two languages. Please download the voluntary job description. Send a cover letter and CV no later than 15 July 2014 to committee chair Chadwick V.R. Williams chadwick_w@yahoo.com.
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Editor's Note
Editor's Choice Content Award
SmartBlog on Education's monthly content award recognizes content written by educators, for educators, that inspires readers to engage, innovate and discuss. Visit SmartBlogs to read about -- and be inspired by -- the winners. Listen to interviews with the winners on Education Talk Radio's Great Educators Speak series.
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Inspiration usually comes during work, rather than before it."
-- Madeleine L'Engle,
American writer
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