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25 November 2015
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Learning and Teaching
Is a broader definition of literacy necessary for ELL students?
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In many cases, English-language-learning students are trying to grasp English while they are learning academic language, asserts Edynn Sato, a principal research scientist in the Center for NextGen Learning & Assessment at Pearson's Research & Innovation Network. In this commentary, Sato offers several tips to help teachers address the needs of ELL students, including giving them "the opportunity to engage with and understand both content and language". Language Magazine online (18 Nov.)
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Study: Students' maths performance suffers if parents expect too much
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Children may do worse in maths when their parents' expectation of success exceeds the student's ability, say researchers at the University of Reading in England. School leaders and teachers should help parents set realistic goals for their children to improve academic performance, the study suggests. United Press International (17 Nov.)
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Professional Development
Women face barriers to teaching in Africa
Teaching remains a primarily male-dominated profession in Africa. In West Africa, for example, women make up about 20% or less of the primary-school educators in some countries. This article reveals several potential barriers, including bias and lack of training opportunities for females. The Atlantic online (19 Nov.)
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Leadership and Governance
Report: US lags in international education ranking
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Fewer students in the US are enroling in preschool and college, compared with 46 other countries, according to a report released today by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Korea is at the top of the international ranking, with nearly 70% of 25- to 34-year-olds earning a college degree -- compared with 46% in the US. The Hechinger Report (24 Nov.)
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Other News
Using a screencasting whiteboard app in the classroom
Explain Everything, a screencasting whiteboard mobile application, combines the benefits of an interactive whiteboard and a document camera, writes Lisa Sorensen, an elementary-school teacher in British Columbia. In this blog post, she shares the ways the app has helped her to screencast lessons. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (24 Nov.)
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Interest Area Spotlight
Time spent in day care tied to children's academic performance, study finds
Canadian researchers found low-income children who attended day care for more than 35 hours per week and started by 5 months of age showed better maths, reading and writing scores at age 12, compared with those who never attended day care. The findings in Pediatrics, based on data from more than 1,000 families with births in Quebec in 1997 and 1998, revealed children who attended day care after 18 months had better scores in maths and reading but not writing. Reuters (23 Nov.)
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