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24 May 2017
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Learning and Teaching
Should teachers talk less in the classroom?
Should teachers talk less in the classroom?
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High-school teachers should limit the amount of time they are talking during teaching, suggests Wendy James, coordinator of Collegiate Renewal and Curriculum for Saskatoon Public Schools in Canada. In this blog post, she shares how she replaces some direct instruction with "generative processes, formative assessment and written step-by-steps."
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (17 May.) 
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English classes in Canada teach indigenous lit
English classes in Canada teach indigenous lit
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Some English teachers in Canada are replacing some traditional texts, such as Shakespearean works, with the writing of indigenous authors. Teacher Kim Bruton said her decision allows students to see the "lighter side" of indigenous culture, rather than focusing on the mostly negative experiences indigenous people have had throughout history.
CBC News (Canada) (21 May.) 
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Professional Development
How to personalise PD
Teachers would benefit from more personalised professional development, writes Desiree Alexander, an educator and consultant. In this article, she shares a guide to fostering more "aha" moments in PD sessions.
EdSurge (19 May.) 
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Leadership and Governance
Outreach helps boost results for disadvantaged youths
Educators at a school in Australia take extra steps to help re-engage disadvantaged students. Retention rates for such youths have increased to 67% from 37% since the launch of the outreach programme.
The Age (Melbourne, Australia) (19 May.) 
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Technology
Survey: Instagram, Snapchat affect mental health
Survey: Instagram, Snapchat affect mental health
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The #StatusofMind survey indicates that overuse of Instagram and Snapchat is affecting the mental health of young people. The platforms may be fostering feelings of inadequacy and anxiety among youths who engage often with them, says Shirley Cramer of the Royal Society for Public Health.
Metro.co.uk (U.K.) (19 May.) 
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Interest Area Spotlight
Is language learned subconsciously?
Is language learned subconsciously?
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Language learning is largely a subconscious activity, writes Steve Kaufmann, co-founder of the online language learning platform LingQ. In this commentary, he writes about his experiences learning languages and why he believes research supporting the theory that language is learned subconsciously.
HuffPost Canada (17 May.) 
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