How teaching character strengths can enrich learning | Study: Use of foreign languages may affect moral choices | Students' interest in STEM falls short of Malaysia's goals
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30 April 2014
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How teaching character strengths can enrich learning
Schools increasingly are incorporating character-strength lessons into their curricula, Dan Haesler, consultant, writer and international keynote speaker, writes in this article, where he highlights research on the use of character-based lessons in schools. "One thing's for sure, wellbeing is no longer the sole domain of the pastoral staff and the counsellor, and the most innovative schools are not only looking at how to embed ICT into their teaching, but also how to ensure students are engaging their signature strengths on a regular basis to achieve educational and personal wellbeing outcomes," he writes. Australian Teacher Magazine online (25 Apr.)
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Study: Use of foreign languages may affect moral choices
Individuals taking part in a recent study who were presented with making a moral decision in a foreign language were more likely to choose a less emotional, utilitarian outcome. Researchers say using a foreign language when making a moral choice provides emotional distance. "People are less afraid of losses, more willing to take risks and much less emotionally connected when thinking in a foreign language," study co-author Sayuri Hayakawa said. Science World Report (28 Apr.)
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Professional Development
Survey: UK teachers need better work-life balance
A recent survey finds the vast majority of UK teachers enjoy their jobs, but experts say there could be a recruiting crisis if more is not done to improve teachers' work-life balance. Results show nearly three in 10 teachers would consider leaving the profession for another career. "It is clear that teaching attracts and keeps those who like working with young people and are passionate about their subject," said recruitment expert John Howson. "But schools must ensure that teaching remains both interesting and stimulating with a satisfactory work-life balance." The Guardian (London)/Teacher Network blog (29 Apr.)
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Leadership and Governance
New teachers' union in UK to target "next generation" of leaders
The National Association of Head Teachers in England and Wales will launch a union called NAHTEdge in September, which will include educators in the middle-tier of school leadership. The goal is for the union to reach about 5,000 new members, according to Russell Hobby, general secretary of NAHT, who said he hopes to attract "the next generation of school leaders". The Guardian (London) (23 Apr.)
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Technology is changing the way Australian schools teach, plan
More schools in Australia are using technology to change how they teach, communicate with parents and more. Increasingly, this means adopting online systems, such as, to stay organised, arrange events and schedule parent-teacher conferences. One school enriches the learning experience by arranging online discussions and helping its students connect with experts in the US and elsewhere. The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) (24 Apr.)
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How Singapore's schools use technology to stay on top
In Singapore, where students have ranked at the top of international assessments for decades, educators use digital devices to bring students together -- helping them work together in new ways to further their understanding of certain concepts. None of this happened by accident in Singapore, which launched an education-technology plan in the 1990s that included a focus on so-called FutureSchools. To move beyond the high-stakes testing environment, schools also are using technology to allow students to learn without fear of failure. The Hechinger Report (27 Apr.)
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Thanks for fantastic leadership conference in Seville
Thank you to all of the wonderful delegates, speakers and exhibitors who made our 2014 Leadership Conference in Seville last week such a great success. If you can't wait to partake in the fun again, we have good news. The 2015 Leadership Conference will take place in Brussels at the Crowne Plaza Brussels -- Le Palace on 8-12 April. Look for details to appear soon on our website.
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The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it."
-- Arnold Glasow,
American businessman and humorist
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