How memorisation can support understanding | Tips to engage students in world language lessons | Opinion: How students can prepare for the year ahead
05 August 2020
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Learning and Teaching
Why one school made most homework optional
Dar Al Marefa School in Dubai has upended the traditional approach to homework by making the assignments optional for subjects other than reading and maths. The move followed a survey showing that parents did not believe homework was improving academic outcomes and was harming overall well-being.
Full Story: TES (UK) (31 Jul.) 
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How memorisation can support understanding
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While memorisation often is associated with flash cards and cramming, meaningful memorisation often can improve student understanding, says Carla Marschall, head of curriculum development and research at United World College of South East Asia in Singapore. Marschall and other educators and experts praise the role of effective memorisation in student learning.
Full Story: Education Week Teacher (tiered subscription model) (30 Jul.) 
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Getting to September, Part II: The First Four Weeks
As students and teachers prepare to begin the 2020-2021 school year, questions linger. What will instruction look like this year? Will learning be fully online, in person or a mix of both? Tune in August 18th to hear a panel of educators discuss strategies for navigating the first few weeks successfully. Register Now
Professional Development
There are six key ways to help prepare students for an uncertain school year, writes Trenton Goble, a former school principal and current executive at Canvas. In this commentary, he suggests students have a consistent schedule, read and take walks.
Full Story: eSchool News (free registration) (03 Aug.) 
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Leadership and Governance
Restrictions on international travel are affecting international English language learners and their teachers, including in Ireland. In many cases, teachers have transitioned to online instruction -- some as much as six hours per day -- and some teachers have reported job losses amid a decline in enrollment.
Full Story: Irish Examiner (01 Aug.) 
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Student coalition combats false virus information
An international coalition of hundreds of high schools and colleges is working together to offer accurate information about the coronavirus and help to disprove some of the false information circulating online. The students, who connected via the social platform Discord, formed the Coronavirus Visualization Team -- a nonprofit organisation -- and have released, among other things, a COVID-19 Risk Score Model, which demonstrates the disproportionate effect of the virus on "marginalized and underserved communities."
Full Story: EdSurge (31 Jul.) 
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Interest Area Spotlight
Canada schools seek to welcome international students
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Some language schools in Canada are proposing an initiative that would bring 40,000 international students to the country in the coming months to learn English and French. Participating students would be screened for the coronavirus and isolated for two weeks upon arrival in the country as part of the Study Safe Corridor, which is being proposed to keep the schools from closing while also supporting the community and economy amid the pandemic.
Full Story: BBC (31 Jul.) 
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The 2021 ECIS Multilingual Conference
Registration is open for the Virtual 2021 Multilingual Conference, 25-27 Feb. The theme is "Collaborations: Developing Every Student's Linguistic Repertoire". Visit our registration page to learn more about what is sure to be another dynamic and inspirational event. Learn more.
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