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16 May 2018
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How homework help from mom affects students
How homework help from mom affects students
Students can benefit if their mothers help them with their homework, according to a study by researchers at the University of Eastern Finland and the University of Jyvaskyla. The study of 365 students found that a combination of assistance and independent work had the best outcomes.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (08 May.) 
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Students benefit from mindfulness lessons
Students benefit from mindfulness lessons
Students at a school in Australia are getting regular lessons in mindfulness through the Smiling Mind Meditation programme. Students said the lessons help them remain calm, stay relaxed and learn.
The Katherine Times (Australia) (14 May.) 
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Maximize learning impact in your classroom
The How The Learning Brain Works Institute will provide you with an easily accessible look at the process for translating the research about how learning works into classroom practice that enhances and accelerates learning. Save $50 on registration when you register a team of 3 or more!
Professional Development
Tech fills foreign-language teacher shortage
Some schools in Western Australia face a shortage of foreign-language teachers as they work to implement a curriculum that mandates foreign-language lessons for students from Year 3. Technology is helping to fill that void, including through the My Chinese Teacher programme, which connects teachers in China with classrooms in Australia as well as England, New Zealand and the US.
ABC (Australia) (13 May.) 
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Creating Proficient Readers with Multisensory Literacy
Multisensory approaches to literacy have gained popularity in recent years as educators explore new ways to keep their students engaged. When combined with systematic and explicit instruction, multisensory literacy begins to move learners towards being proficient readers.
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Leadership and Governance
Hong Kong expands kindergarten access
Hong Kong has introduced a new programme this school year to expand students' access to free, quality kindergarten education. Under the programme, 90% of half-day local kindergartens now effectively are free, said Ian Tsang, an education consultant.
South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) (15 May.) 
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Taking a Multisensory Approach to K-5 Reading
Elementary school is a crucial time of growth in the educational journey of children, and strong literacy skills are a key facet of that journey. Using a multisensory approach to K-5 reading can lay a foundation for reading proficiency that lasts a lifetime. Learn how!
5 ways to help students manage digital distractions
5 ways to help students manage digital distractions
About 75% of teachers say they often or very often see students multitask with technology, according to a study from the Alberta Teachers' Association. This article outlines five ways to help students better manage their digital workflow, including implementing structured support strategies to help students focus.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (14 May.) 
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Interest Area Spotlight
Survey: Students concerned over online privacy
About 89% of secondary-school students say they are concerned about their privacy on social media, according to the Student Attitudes Survey. About 75% of those surveyed who use Instagram say they adjusted their privacy settings and some indicate Facebook is declining in popularity.
Independent (Cork, Ireland) (14 May.) 
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A revived, new membership programme with you in mind
We've been thinking about what drives you, what keeps you up at night, your challenges and aspirations, your professional growth and what your students need from you. ECIS is delighted to announce the launch of its new membership offering -- sign up now to access free and discounted benefits on Child Protection Certification; courses for Governors, Trustees and Owners; International Teaching Certification, events, global community platforms and much more. Come visit the ECIS member community today.
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Middle Leader Certificate courses this June
  • Managing & Embracing Conflict, Stuttgart
  • The Culture of Leadership, Stockholm
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