Teachers share do's, don'ts of digital learning | Journalists advocate for the role of poetry | Is language-speaking ability rooted in biology?
12 August 2020
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Learning and Teaching
Several educators in this blog post offer do's and don'ts for distance learning. Pamela Arraras, teacher of world languages, English-as-a-second-language and intercultural studies in Argentina, suggests teachers should be flexible and keep the digital divide top of mind, but encourages them to not despair.
Full Story: Education Week Teacher (tiered subscription model) (10 Aug.) 
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BBC journalists Ella Wills and Hazel Shearing are advocating for poetry following news that the genre can be dropped from next year's English and literature exams in England. They share seven reasons to "not give up on poetry," including that it exposes students to other cultures and the opportunity to express their own feelings.
Full Story: BBC (04 Aug.) 
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Professional Development
How one school is rethinking grading
Stuart Sitton, a teacher at an international school, worked with his school principal to rethink the way students' work is graded -- transitioning from traditional marking to responsive, verbal feedback. In this commentary, he says the transition results in deeper feedback and the opportunity for students to engage.
Full Story: TES (UK) (06 Aug.) 
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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
Leadership and Governance
Researchers studied COVID-19 cases in 15 schools and 10 nurseries or day-care centers in Australia and found that the child-to-child transmission rate was 0.3% and the child-to-staff transmission rate was 1% in seven schools and centers that went through antibody screening, symptom surveys and testing. The findings, published in the Lancet Child and Adolescent Health, also showed that the rate of staff-to-staff COVID-19 transmission was 4.4%, while the rate of staff-to-child transmission was 1.5%, suggesting that youths are less likely to spread the virus compared with adults.
Full Story: United Press International (03 Aug.) 
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Officials in Mexico are making plans to offer educational instruction via television as officials say it may be too dangerous to return to in-person instruction amid the coronavirus pandemic. The plan is similar to that enacted throughout Latin America, where most lessons are taking place online or via television.
Full Story: The Associated Press (03 Aug.) 
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Interest Area Spotlight
Indigenous language learning expands online
(Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images)
Remote learning is helping some indigenous communities with their language revitalization efforts amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Northwest Indian Language Institute reports a jump in attendance of a recent workshop held online, which opened the event to participation from across the globe, including linguists, teachers and non-US indigenous communities.
Full Story: Slate (10 Aug.) 
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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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