Australian students learn about Japanese history, language
Year 3 students at a school in Australia recently studied the World War II bombing of Nagasaki, Japan, including Japanese history, culture and language through lessons that included books, drawing and songs. Japanese language teacher Alison Von Dietze said, "I'm trying to teach them not just the history of Japan but a bit of empathy, holistic skills that run across the curriculum, so they can realise how the war would affect somebody of their own age but in that time in Japan." Australian Teacher Magazine online
Canadian students create films to highlight social justice issues
Nearly 180 students in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, are exploring social justice issues for a series of five-minute documentaries they are producing that will debut this fall. The students studied documentary styles and did research before selecting a subject. The young filmmakers will interview experts on topics -- from poverty to the environment to local history -- before they edit their films in a school-based studio. "We wanted kids to learn more about their city, their country and the issues around them," said Bill Hughey, a Grade 6 language teacher. The Hamilton Spectator (Ontario)
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England establishes college for teaching, leadership
A group of "outstanding" schools in England are joining the National College for Teaching and Leadership. The schools will take a lead role in recruiting and training new teachers, as well as identifying potential leaders and offering guidance to other schools. The goal, officials said, is to improve teaching practices across all schools in the region. The Press (York, England)
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